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Dave Slomer

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Re: Factoring
Posted: Apr 15, 1998 12:54 PM
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Jerry Uhl wrote:
>Mathematica does plot implicit functions.

>At 10:13 PM -0400 4/13/98, Dave Slomer wrote:

Actually, so does Derive, even if the implicitness seems 'insolveable=
'. I
just did:

SIN(x=B7y) + COS(x=B7y) =3D 0.2
SIN(x=B7y) + COS(y) =3D 0.2
LN(x + y) + SIN(x + y) + =EA^y + COS(x) =3D 0

=2E..the last several of which produced very interesting plots!

=46rom Derive's 'help' on 'implicit plots':

"Functions implicitly defined by an equation may be plotted using a
relatively efficient algorithm of linear interpolation upon triangles=

The implicit plotting algorithm starts in the top left corner of the =
window, plotting points in a top to bottom, left to right fashion. U=
most explicit plots, implicit plots may not be automatically scaled; =
nor may
an implicit plot line be traced.

Explicit plots are faster and somewhat more accurate than implicit pl=
Before plotting, when possible, DERIVE automatically converts a funct=
implicitly defined by an equation into a function explicitly defined =
by an
equation of the form y =3D u where y is a variable and u is a univari=
expression in another variable...

An alternate method for generating explicit solutions for implicitly =
equations is to substitute polar coordinates for the variables and so=
lve for
the distance from the origin in terms of the angle...

Implicit 2D plots of a family of plot lines can also be used to make =
of functions of two variables. Simplifying and then plotting an expre=
of the form

VECTOR (z =3D u, z, m, n, s)

produces a contour plot of the function z =3D u where u is a function=
of x and
y as z varies from m to n in steps of size s. The Calculus Vector co=
is an easy way to enter such expressions."

Dave Slomer
AP Calculus and computer science teacher
Winton Woods HS, Cinti, OH 45240

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