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*Subject*: [mg22103] Re: Evaluation of functions inside Plot
*From*: "Allan Hayes" <hay at haystack.demon.co.uk>
*Date*: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 02:03:54 -0500 (EST)
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Hans,
Several people have already been pointed out that your input works after
some typing errors hve been corrected to give
Plot3D[
{ Abs[x+y I], Hue[ N[(Pi+Arg[x + y I]) /(2 Pi)]]},
{x,-2,2},{y,-2,2},
AxesLabel->{"Re","Im","Abs[z]"},PlotPoints->15
];
So I shall try to deal with some aspects or the evaluation ol Plot - at
least those concerning the first entry and wrapping Evaluate around it:
Plot has the attributes HoldAll, this lets it evaluate in its own way
Plot[expr, {x, xmin, xmax}] first looks at the form of the *unevaluated*
expr:
if this is not a list, then it tries to find points on the line to be
drawn by successively evaluating expr with x assigned constructed real
numbera as values; it expects that these evaluations will all give real
numbers but it does its best with what it finds
if it is a list, then it effectivley flattens this to, say, {e1, e2, ...};
evaluates the Plot[ ei, {x,xmin, xmax}] without showing them ; then it
shows results together.
1. The following "fails" because, for example, when x =2, Mathematica finds
that D[Sin[2],2] makes no sense.
Plot[D[Sin[x],x], {x,0,7}];
But if D[Sin[x],x] is made to evaluate to Cos[x] before x receives numerical
values, then all is OK
Plot[Evaluate[D[Sin[x], x]], {x, 0, 7}];
2. The following "fails" because, Plot examines the unevaluated expr, finds
that it is not a list, and then finds no real values for expr (for
example, when x = -2.0 , whereas it evalutes to {0, 1.73205]} - not a real
number)
In[134]:=
expr = {x,Sqrt[x^2-1]};
In[135]:=
Plot[expr,{x,-2,2}];
But if expr is made to evaluate to {x,Sqrt[x^2-1]} before the form is
checked then Plot finds that it is dealing with a list and behaves as
expected - but, of course, it cannot plot Sqrt[x^2-1] for x between -1 and
1)
In[136]:=
Plot[Evaluate[expr],{x,-2,2}];
Allan
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"Hans-Peter Kunzle" <HP.Kunzle at ualberta.ca> wrote in message
news:87tpki$5iq at smc.vnet.net...
> I still do not understand well enough how expressions get
> evaluated inside a Plot or similar functions (NDSolve etc.).
>
> This time I copied the code directly from the (quite old)
> book by T.W. Gray and J. Glynn, Exploring Mathematics with
> Mathematica (p.142):
>
> Plot3D[
> { Abs[x+y I], Hue[ N[(Pi+Arg[x + yI]) /(2 Pi)]]},
> {x,-2,2},{y,-2,2}],
> AxesLabel->{"Re","Im","Abs[z]"},PlotPoints->15
> ];
>
> This produces several error messages
>
> Plot3D::plnc:
> {Abs[x + y I], Hue[(N[([Pi] + Arg[x + yI])\(2 Pi)]]} is neither a
> machine-size real number at {x,y}={-2.,-2.} nor a list of a real
number
> and a \alid color directive.
>
> This book was written for Mathematica 2, of course, and presumably
> the code must have worked then. Has anything changed since then?
>
> I have tried to wrap 'Evaluate' around some of the expressions, but
> this had no effect. Since Abs and Arg only work for numerical
> arguments I also tried to replace them by explicit expressions in
> x and y. But this did not help either.
>
> Any help is appreciated.
>
> Hans
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