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RE: PlotPoints in plot

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  • Subject: [mg48560] RE: [mg48520] PlotPoints in plot
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2004 07:19:01 -0400 (EDT)
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Because of the 2D adaptive algorithm for picking plot points it is difficult
to exert point control through that mechanism. You could use PlotDivision,
but the best you can get is something like...

Plot[Sqrt[1 - x^2], {x, -1, 1}, PlotPoints -> 3,
  PlotDivision -> 1]

It would be better to use...

pts = Table[{Cos[t], Sin[t]}, {t, 0, Pi, Pi/2}];
Show[Graphics[Line[pts]], Axes -> True];

David Park
djmp at

From: "G.L.Narasimham" [mailto:mathma18 at]
To: mathgroup at

For the plot command  Plot[Sqrt[1-x^2],{x,-1,1},PlotPoints->3]
I expected to see a triangle joining 3 points on a circle, but a
continuous line ( default PlotPoints->20? )appears. However,
gives a triangle. How to get a polygon of straight sides in the
unparametered Plot?

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