Re: FullForm of Plot?
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- Subject: [mg101476] Re: FullForm of Plot?
- From: David Bailey <dave at removedbailey.co.uk>
- Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 07:11:16 -0400 (EDT)
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dsmithy wrote: > I know this is kind of a technical question, but I'd like to have a > clearer understanding of this if someone is willing to help. A Plot > expression Plot[f,List[x,xmin,xmax]] itself appears to be in FullForm. > Yet, its FullForm is actually a Graphics expression. I understand that > all graphics in Mathematica have the FullForm head Graphics (or > Graphics3D), and that apparently curved plots (like Sin) are actually > groupings of graphics primitives (Lines). But my question is, if the > FullForm of a Plot expression is actually Graphics[List[Line > [...],...] ], then what Mathematica *form* are Plot expressions > themselves considered to be in (if not FullForm)? > Thanks > Well this is certainly the right place to ask technical questions :) The point is that an expression written out in FullForm can still evaluate to something else. If you write <expression> //FullForm the expression will be evaluated and the result displayed in FullForm. To see the FullForm of the original expression, try: <expression> //Hold //FullForm ignoring the extra layer of Hold[...] wrapped round the result. David Bailey http://www.dbaileyconsultancy.co.uk