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John Leko

10/31/00 07:47am
>Hello. I just got this program. Seems complicated to me, but I'm sure it will pay off once I get the hang of it. I'm trying to command mathematica to plot a 3d surface area graph with x, y, and z coordinates for a project. I don't know the commands, and I'm still trying to learn how to use this program. Would somebody please help me and tell me how to do this. The graph has 26 points for each axis. I'm also using it as a study aid for my precalculus class. Any advice or hints and tips to make learning mathematica easier (it's almost like programming:). Thanks. See ya.
When you say ''with x, y, and z coordinates,'' I'm assuming that you mean that you have a list of points in threespace {x, y, z}, and not that you're simply using the Cartesian coordinate system. Based on this assumption, there are several ways to generate 3D plots.
If you had a function with two independent variables (i.e., f(x, y)), then you could use Plot3D. You can easily find examples of this in the online help. For points, you have to take a different approach.
For coordinate pairs {x, y, z}, you need to load a Standard Package. In this case, the useful package is called Graphics`Graphics3D` (BTW, the ` is not on the '' key, but on the ~ key). ScatterPlot3D produces a scatter plot in threespace, and ListSurfacePlot3D creates threespace surface plots.
Check the Front Matter section ''Suggestions about Learning Mathematica'' for learning stratigies. There are also a number of useful books. Check you school's library.
Stick with it! :)
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