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Re: Plot results not right

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  • Subject: [mg89925] Re: Plot results not right
  • From: Peter Breitfeld <phbrf at>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 03:32:13 -0400 (EDT)
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BrenB schrieb:
> I'm new to Mathematica.
> 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?
> Thanks

Mathematicas Power uses the principal branch for rational Powers. So
e.g. (-1)^(2/3)==-1/2+I Sqrt[3]/2. This is complex and will not be

You may write your own function as a replacement for Power to take a
real branch if possible:

Attributes[ReellePotenz]={Listable, NumericFunction, OneIdentity};
ReellePotenz[b_?Negative, Rational[m_,n_?OddQ]] := (-(-b)^(1/n))^m;


Plot[2 x - 3 ReellePotenz[x, 2/3] + 4, {x, -1, 6}]

will give you the plot you expected.

Gruss Peter
Peter Breitfeld, Bad Saulgau, Germany --

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