Basic plotting of an evaluated function

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• Subject: [mg86881] Basic plotting of an evaluated function
• From: "lederer at ssb.rochester.edu" <lederer at ssb.rochester.edu>
• Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 01:15:15 -0500 (EST)

```I am trying to do something basic--but I cannot figure it out

I have some function in two varaibles

f[x_,y_]= some arbitrary polynomial

Now I want to minimize the function with respect to y over some
compact interval with fixed x

NMinimize[{f[x,y],y=995,y=989},y]

I want to plot the y's versus the x's.

I have tried many things like defining

s[x_]=Part[NMinimize[{f[x,y],y=995,y=989},y],2]

Plot[s[x],{x,-14, 46}]

or variations

Plot[tt/.s[x],{x,-14, 46}].

Many error messages or nothing at all results.........

I am sure this is easy, and someone can suggest how to do this.

However, one more thing would be greatly helpful (give a man a decent
and readable Mathematica manual and he can feed himself...)

I am baffled by what Mathematica wants when it comes to using a single
part of a list and changing it to a scalar.  Suppose as above q is a
vector with a rule assigning a value to some variable x  that is x-
>some number, and this assignment is in the third position of the list

What is going on with  q/.d[[3]] for example: Is q now a scalar?  If
not why  not?

Thanks for you help,

Phil Lederer

```

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