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when is y=x+a not a straight line?

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  • Subject: [mg129005] when is y=x+a not a straight line?
  • From: Richard Fateman <fateman at cs.berkeley.edu>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2012 01:28:56 -0500 (EST)
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Try this

a=0``-0.5
ListPlot[Table[{x, a + x}, {x, -10, 10}], Joined -> {True}]

This is probably not a surprise to some people.

If you think the value for "a" could never happen, try this:

a=N[1,20]
Do[a=2*a-a,{43}]

Compare to Plot[x+a,{x,-1,10}]
which shows that Plot evaluates its first argument in an manner
inconsistent with Table's method.

Cheers.
RJF





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