Re: Problem with transformation rules in Plot

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• Subject: [mg48540] Re: Problem with transformation rules in Plot
• From: "Peter Pein" <petsie at arcor.de>
• Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2004 04:50:53 -0400 (EDT)
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```Just in case there's no documentation available, I'll provide you with a
part of mine:
"Plot evaluates its arguments in a non-standard way (see Section A.4.2). You
should use Evaluate to evaluate the function to be plotted if this can
safely be done before specific numerical values are supplied."

--
Peter Pein, Berlin
to write to me, start the subject with [

"Alain Cochard" <alain at geophysik.uni-muenchen.de> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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>
> Hello.  I would be grateful if someone could explain to me the
> following behavior (i.e., is it normal? why?), or point me to a
> relevant part of a manual:
>
> Mathematica 4.0 for Linux
> Copyright 1988-1999 Wolfram Research, Inc.
>  -- Motif graphics initialized --
>
> In[1]:= f[x_]:=a x ; g[x_]:=2 a x ;
>
> In[2]:= Plot[ f[x]/.{a->1} , {x,0,1}]  (* Fine *)
>
> Out[2]= -Graphics-
>
> In[3]:= {f[x],g[x]}/.{a->1}
>
> Out[3]= {x, 2 x}  (* Fine, just checking *)
>
> In[4]:= Plot[{f[x],g[x]}/.{a->1} , {x,0,1}]
>
> Plot::plnr: {f[x], g[x]} /. {a -> 1} is not a machine-size real number at
x =
>               -8
>     4.16667 10  .
>
> Plot::plnr: {f[x], g[x]} /. {a -> 1} is not a machine-size real number at
x =
>     0.040567.
>
> Plot::plnr: {f[x], g[x]} /. {a -> 1} is not a machine-size real number at
x =
>     0.0848088.
>
> General::stop: Further output of Plot::plnr
>      will be suppressed during this calculation.
>
> Out[4]= -Graphics-
>
> (* So the question is: why does it work for f[x] alone, and not for
> f[x] and g[x]? *)
>
> (* The following works fine, but is there a better workaround? *)
>
> In[5]:= data={a->1} ; Plot[{ f[x]/.data , g[x]/.data }, {x,0,1}]
>
>