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Re: machine precision in plot

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  • Subject: [mg65815] Re: [mg65745] machine precision in plot
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 02:29:11 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


How about...

Plot[P1[x * 10^-17], {x, 5.85, 7.15}]

David Park
djmp at 

From: Joerg Schaber [mailto:schaber at]
To: mathgroup at


I have defined a function that takes as arguments small values and also 
returns small values:



However, when plotting the function with
Plot[P1[x], {x, 5.85`*^-17, 7.15`*^-17}]
I get an error message:
Plot::"plld" Endpoints for x in {x, 5.85`*^-17, 7.15`*^-17} must have 
distinct machine-precision numerical values.

I thought Mathematica can handle such small numbers.
Any hint?



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