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Re: problems plotting a derivative

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg54499] Re: problems plotting a derivative
  • From: Peter Pein <petsie at arcor.de>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 04:22:56 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <cvc80j$qqu$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

J. K. Smith wrote:
> I've tried a lot of ways but nothing has worked so far.
> The following statements are my problem simplified:
> 
> f[x_] := 2x^3;
> ParametricPlot[{D[f[x], x], x^2}, {x, 0, 1}]
> 
> When I run this I get  error messages griping about numbers not being 
> valid variables but it doesn't end up plotting anything. In this example 
> I should see a straight line.
> 
> I've tried using Evaluate[ D[f[x],x] ]  and lots of other schemes which 
> seemed to work in the past but I can't get ParametricPlot to digest any 
> of them.  Something about the result of that derivative doesn't yield 
> something that can be plotted.  But I don't know what property it is.
> 
> Would you kind Mathematica gurus please get me thru this one (too)?
> 
> Thanks.
> 
> remove the dash if emailing
> 
ParametricPlot[Evaluate[{D[f[x], x], x^2}], {x, 0, 1}]
works perfectly !?!

-- 
Peter Pein
Berlin


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