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*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
*Subject*: [mg89899] Re: Plot results not right
*From*: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at gmail.com>
*Date*: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 03:27:15 -0400 (EDT)
*Organization*: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
*References*: <g3nhbc$g6$1@smc.vnet.net>
BrenB wrote:
> I'm studying Calculus, and I'm trying to reproduce, in Mathematica,
> the graph results of an equation in my book.
>
> Plot[2 x - 3 x^(2/3) + 4, {x, -1, 6}]
>
> The output graph is correct, except there should be graphing in the
> 2nd and 3rd quadrant, and there is none.
>
> Is there another way to enter this equation into Mathematica to get
> the correct graph results?
Are you sure that the function you want to plot is this one? I might
have missed something, but, since you mentioned you are taking a class
in Calculus, I think you are studying real functions of a real variable
(i.e. functions from R to R).
The function f[x_] := 2 x - 3 x^(2/3) + 4 is defined on R+ only (i.e.
for x positive or null) and is positive on this interval. Thus the
function is always above the x-axis and can be drawn (or make sense)
only for x >= 0. Therefore the graph returned by Plot[] is correct.
Regards,
-- Jean-Marc
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