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Re: problems plotting a derivative

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  • Subject: [mg54495] Re: [mg54479] problems plotting a derivative
  • From: Bob Hanlon <hanlonr at>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2005 04:22:53 -0500 (EST)
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Put the Evaluate around the entire first argument:


Bob Hanlon

> From: "J. K. Smith" <rob at>
To: mathgroup at
> Date: 2005/02/21 Mon AM 03:44:47 EST
> To: mathgroup at
> Subject: [mg54495] [mg54479] problems plotting a derivative
> 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

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