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Re: How to set y always greater than or equal to x for a function?

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  • Subject: [mg46584] Re: [mg46569] How to set y always greater than or equal to x for a function?
  • From: Oleksandr Pavlyk <pavlyk at phys.psu.edu>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2004 21:04:34 -0500 (EST)
  • Organization: Penn State University; Department of Physics
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Depending on what you want, you can either proceed by
defining you function in the valid domain:

Off[Plot3D::plnc]; Off[Plot3D::gval];
Plot3D[If[y - x > 0, Sqrt[y - x]], {x, -100, 100}, {
       y, -100, 100}, PlotPoints -> 100];
On[Plot3D::plnc]; On[Plot3D::gval];

Then Mathematica complains about function being not a number,
and this is why these Plot3D messages are turned off.

One alternative way to proceed would be to modify your function,
and add Abs under the square root:

Plot3D[Sqrt[Abs[y-x]], {x,-100,100},{y,-100,100}]

Sasha

Albert Franco wrote:

> I recently purchased Mathematica 5.0, and I am in the process of 
> learning how to take advantage of it's many features.
> 
> This is an example of one line I would like to calculate in Mathematica:
> 
> Plot3D[Sqrt[y-x],{x,-100,100},{y,-100,100}];
> 
> 
> How can I best edit this line to make y always greater than or equal to x during 
> calculation so the program doesn't try to take the square root of a 
> negative number?
> 
> Any help will be appreciated.
> 
> Albert Franco


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