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Re: Graphing Functions for an idiot

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  • Subject: [mg27253] Re: [mg27242] Graphing Functions for an idiot
  • From: Anesh Sooklal <anesh at>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 03:41:22 -0500 (EST)
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Hi there,
Why don't you try

Plot[x^3 - 3x, {x, -5, 5}]

It works fine for me!!

Anesh Sooklal
Research Assistant
University of Durban-Westville
Dept. of Physics
South Africa

nsnn wrote:

> Hi, It's Idiot Here....
> After spending an afternoon with the Mathematica Book, 4th Ed. by S.W. I
> have found that I must be an official Idiot because I cannot figure out how
> to do simple graphing of functions.
> Could someone please help me - step by step - realizing that you are
> instructing an idiot who -tried- figuring this out from the book - to graph
> simple functions.
> Here is an example of what I am looking for:
> Graph the function f(x)=x^3-3x
> I read the section on the command "Plot" and no matter what I do I either
> get a graph that doesn't represent the function I am trying to graph or
> errors.
> Thanks in Advance!
> -rp

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