%% Matlab as a Graphing Scientific Calculator, Part III % %% Introduction % % In this lab, you will learn the basics of plotting in Matlab. %

% Before we begin, let's clear the workspace of any variable we have % previously stored % clear all; %% % % and set the formatting % format short %% A note on the use of the 'semicolon' % % So far, any time we have entered an expression at the Matlab prompt, the % answer has always been returned to us immediately. And so far, this has % been exactly the behavior that we want. However, we will see later that % we will want to suppress output. To suppress the output of any % expression, simply terminate the expression with a semicolon ';'. In the following, you'll see that no output is % printed to the command window. % a = 6.1; %% % % We will define the function $h(x) = % \sqrt[3]{x}$ % h = @(x) nthroot(x,3); %% h(a) %% % % Using the semicolon, we can control exactly when we see the output and % when we do not need to see it. % %% Constructing arrays using 'linspace' % % One of the many advantages of a graphing calculator over other % calculators is it ability to visualize the graphs of functions. % Now we want to investigate the same capablities in Matlab. %

% Before we continue, we have to learn some very basic ideas about % using arrays in Matlab. These will be needed to define a set of % values over which to plot our desired function. %

% To create a simple array in Matlab, we can use the square bracket notation [] as follows. % v = [1 2 3] %% % % This array contains 3 entries. % In some cases, it will be convenient to separate the entries using % commas. For example, % v = [1,2,3] %% % % For plotting purposes, we will need to be able to construct much longer % arrays. To easily construct an array of equally spaced points between % two given numbers, we use the linspace % command. Here is how linspace command is % described by help: %
%
% >> help linspace
%  linspace Linearly spaced vector.
%     linspace(X1, X2) generates a row vector of 100 linearly
%     equally spaced points between X1 and X2.
%  
%     linspace(X1, X2, N) generates N points between X1 and X2.
%     For N = 1, linspace returns X2.
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For example, we can try:

% x = linspace(0,1,11) %% % % Like our simple array x1, % the vector x2 is a row vector. But the linspace has automatically filled the array with % with 11 equally spaced entries % between (and including) the values '0' and '1'. %

% For larger arrays, we may wish to suppress the output to the screen. We % do this by terminating our Matlab commands with a semi-colon % (;). % Try this % x = linspace(0,1,1001); %% % % The first few entries in x3 are % [x(1) x(2) x(3) x(4)] %% % % We will talk more about indexing arrays in a later lab. For now, % we can look at each of these three variables in memory to see that they are the % expected lengths. % whos %% % % The variable ans is also included in % the above list. This is the default variable name used anytime you do % not explicitly provide a variable name. In our case, we did not % explicitly provide a variable name for the list of the first four entries % of x3. % %% Arithmetic operations involving arrays % % We can include arrays in arithmetic operations almost as easily as we can % compute using scalar variables. Again, we will set up a vector containing % equally spaced points % x = linspace(0,1,11) %% % % and now % y = 2*x %% % % This simple command produced a variable y whose entries % are twice that of all the corresponding entries in x. % Here are a few more examples. % z = cos(pi*x) %% w = log(exp(3*x + 1)) %% u = x + y - 4*z %% Element-wise operations using "dot" operators % % You may have noticed that in the above examples, we did not include any % expressions involving the multiplication or division of arrays with each % other. The reason for this is that whereas addition and substraction and % elementary function evaluation are all well defined mathematical meanings % when applied to arrays, the operations like x*x % are ambiguous. Do we mean a scalar product? Or a matrix multiply in the % linear algebra sense? Or something else? %
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For plotting purposes, the correct answer is "something % else". Suppose we wanted to construct a vector y % who entries contained the square of each entry of % x. If we try %
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% >> y = x*x
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we get the error

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% Error using  * 
% Inner matrix dimensions must agree.
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% In fact, we can also get errors using the / % or the ^ operators, as the following example % illustrate. %

% >> 1/x
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% Error using  / 
% Matrix dimensions must agree.
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% >> y = x^2
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% Error using  ^ 
% Inputs must be a scalar and a square matrix.
% To compute elementwise POWER, use POWER (.^) instead.
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% %% % % The problem is that Matlab is expecting that dimensions of our matrices % agree in some linear algebra sense. But what we want is to apply our % operation to each element of the array. To use Matlab terminology, we % want an element-wise operation. We do this in Matlab by putting % a "dot" in front of our multiplcation, division or exponentiation % operators. The resulting "dot" operators are '.*', ./ or '.^'. For example, either one of the following % expressions will give us our desired vector y. % y = x.*x %% y = x.^2 %% % % We can now take the element-wise inverse of each entry of x: % y = 1./x %% % % Using exponentiation with dot operator will also work in this case % y = x.^(-1) %% % % You notice that the first entry is the special value Inf, which results when we divide by 0. %

% %% Rules for using dot operators % % Here is a simple set of guidelines for how to use dot operators to carry % out element-wise operations %
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% Guidelines for using the dot operators .*, % ./ and .^ % for element-wise array operations %
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  1. Multiplication: If both expressions on either side of the mutiplication % symbol are arrays, then use the .* operator. If one of the % expressions is a scalar, then no dot is needed.
  2. %
  3. Division: If the numerator is a scalar and the denominator is an % array, use the ./ operator. If both the numerator and the % denominator are arrays, also use the ./ operator. % If the numerator is % an array, and the denominator is a scalar, then no dot is needed. %
  4. Exponentiation: If either the base or the power (or both) is % an array, use the .^ operator. If neither is an % array, then no dot is needed. %
  5. Addition and subtraction: Dots are never used and are not allowed. %
  6. For complicated expressions, apply the above rules recursively, %
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We can now extend our use of the dot operator to more complicated % expressions. In each of the following examples, we wish to evaluate the % given expression at an array of values x where x is defined as % x = linspace(0,1,11) %% % %


%

Example 1
% % $$y = \cos(\pi x)\sin(\pi x)$$ % where the variable $x$ is an array. % % y = cos(pi*x).*sin(pi*x) %% % %


%

Example 2
% % $$y = \frac{\sin(\pi x)}{\cos(\pi x)+2}$$ % % % y = sin(pi*x)./(cos(pi*x)+2) %% % %


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Example 3
% % $$y = 2^{10 x}$$ % % % y = 2.^(10*x) %% % %


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Example 4
% % $$y = \exp(-10(x-1)^2)^{-1}$$ % % % y = exp(-10*(x-1).^2).^(-1) %% % % or % y = 1./exp(-10*(x-1).^2) %% Plotting curves % %

Matlab has an extremely powerful set of tools for plotting % functions in one, two and three dimensions. We will explore some very % basic one-dimensional plotting commands here. %

% Suppose we want to graph the function % % $$ f(x) = \cos(2 \pi x) $$ % %

First, construct an array x (our domain) over % which to compute the function values y. Then % evaluate y. % x = linspace(-2,2,101); %%% y = cos(2*pi*x); %% % % Don't forget to use the semi-colon, or you will print all 101 values to % the screen. To create a plot of y verses y, use the Matlab plot % command : % plot(x,y) %% % % The plot brings up a new window, called a % figure windown. Near the top of the window, you should see a % number associated with this window. This is our first plot, so the % figure number is '1'. % %% Axis limits % % To determine axis limits, Matlab uses the minimum and maximum of your % x and y values. In our % current example, our x values were in the range $x \in [-2,2]$ and our y were in the range $x \in % [-1,1]$. We can change this viewing "window", or axes limits using % the axis command. %

% >> help axis
%  axis  Control axis scaling and appearance.
%     axis([XMIN XMAX YMIN YMAX]) sets scaling for the x- and y-axes
%        on the current plot.
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% 
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This command takes an array argument defined using the square brackets % []. % To adjust the limits on our current figure window, to region $[-1, 1]\times [-2, 2]$. we can use % axis([-1 1 -2 2]) %% % % You can set the axis limits for each axis separately using the commands % xlim and ylim. % For example, % xlim([-2 2]) %%% ylim([-1 1]) %% % % restores the axis to their original settings. %
% To retrieve these values from the current figure window, we can query the % graphics handle gca : % get(gca,'xlim') %% get(gca,'ylim') %% % % You may also want to preserve the aspect ratio of the plot, so that % visually, 1 unit of distance on the x-axis is the same as 1-unit on the % y-axis. The command % daspect([1 1 1]) %% % % is one way to do this. The first two arguments indicate the relative % ratio of the x and y axis. The third argument is for the z-axis, and % can be always set to 1 for present purposes. % %% Adding additional plots to an existing window % % Very often, we wish to add additional curves to existing plots. This % be easily done with the hold command. % First, we will clear the current figure window, re-draw our previous % plot, "hold" the state of the first plot, and then add a second plot. % clf %%% plot(x,y) %%% hold on %%% plot(2*x,y/2) %% % % To plot a curve in red instead of the default blue, add a color % attribute to the plot command : % plot(2*x,y/2,'r') %% % % Also available are different line types, e.g. dashed lines, dotted % lines, and so on. To use these, you can augment the color command % with a line style. For example, to get a dashed line, use % the '--' line attribute. Using an % additional argument in this string, we can specify both the color and % the line type : % plot(4*x,y/4,'k--') %% Adding symbols to the plot % % We can add symbols to the plot as well. Suppose we want to put a % symbols at each maximum value and minimum value of our last plot, which % was a graph of the function % $g(x) = f(4x)/4 = \cos(4 \pi x)/4$. % This function has zeros whenever $g'(x) = % 0$, or when % $$x_{minmax} = [-1.5, -1, -0.5, 0, 0.5, 1, 1.5]$$ % so we will create a simple array to store these values: % xminmax = [-1.5, -1, -0.5, 0, 0.5, 1, 1.5]; %% % % We can now plot a symbol at each $(x,y)$ % plot(4*xminmax, cos(2*pi*xminmax)/4,'k*') %% % % You can experiment with different colors, line styles, and symbols by getting % help on the plot command. For example, % some common colors, styles and symbols are %
%

% >> help plot
% ........................
%    Various line types, plot symbols and colors may be obtained with
%     plot(X,Y,S) where S is a character string made from one element
%     from any or all the following 3 columns:
%   
%            b     blue          .     point              -     solid
%            g     green         o     circle             :     dotted
%            r     red           x     x-mark             -.    dashdot
%            c     cyan          +     plus               --    dashed
%            m     magenta       *     star             (none)  no line
%            y     yellow        s     square
%            k     black         d     diamond
%            w     white         v     triangle (down)
%                                ^     triangle (up)
%                                <     triangle (left)
%                                >     triangle (right)
%                                p     pentagram
%                                h     hexagram
% ......................
% 
% %% Adding a title and axis labels % % A plot is not complete without a title, and axes labels. Use the % following commands to add these items to your plot. % xlabel('x') %%% ylabel('y') %%% title('A simple plot') %% % % You can change the font-size (among other things) by passing additional % arguments to the xlabel, % ylabel and % title commands: % xlabel('x','fontsize',18) %%% ylabel('f(x)','fontsize',18) %%% set(gca,'fontsize',18) %%% title('A simple function','fontsize',18,'fontweight','bold') %% Printing the figure window % % Eventually, you will want to print you plot for use in other documents, % such as Word, Latex, or a webpage. You can produce an image file in any % number of formats. A format that works well for most purposes is the % % PNG (Portable Graphics Format). To print out your figure using this % format, use the print command: % print -dpng simple_function.png %% % % A list of available formats can be found by looking at help on % print command. %
% >> help print
%  print Print figure or model. Save to disk as image or MATLAB file.
% ......................
%       print -device -options filename
%         If you specify a filename, MATLAB directs output to a file instead of
%         a printer. print adds the appropriate file extension if you do not
%         specify one.
% .....................
%       Built-in MATLAB Drivers:
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%         -depsc2    % Encapsulated Level 2 Color PostScript
% .....................
%         -djpeg % JPEG image, quality level of nn (figures only)
%                      E.g., -djpeg90 gives a quality level of 90.
%                      Quality level defaults to 75 if nn is omitted.
% .....................
%         -dtiff     % TIFF with packbits (lossless run-length encoding)
%                      compression (figures only)
% .....................
%         -dpng      % Portable Network Graphic 24-bit truecolor image
%                      (figures only)
% 
%

Many of the commands discussed above for adding titles and so on to % your plots can be done from menu items in the figure % window. These are handy if you plan to make a plot only % once. But often, you will run a simulation several times, % and would like all of your plot attributes to be added automatically. % For this reason, we have discussed mainly the command line % methods for modifying plots. % %% Clearing and closing graphics windows % % To clear the graphics window you can use the clf command, which stands for "clear figure". % This only removes any plotting elements from the current figure window % but does not close the window itself. %

% >> clf
% 
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To close out a figure window % can use the close command. %

% >> close all
% 
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You can selectively close figure windows by supplying an argument to % the close command: %

% >> close(1)
% 
% %% The EZ way to plot % % The easiest way to plot a function using Matlab is to use the ezplot command. At its simplest, this command % requires a single argument, the function handle. % close all; %% f = @(x) exp(cos(x)).*sin(x); %% ezplot(f); %% % % By default, ezplots plots over the range $[-2\pi, 2\pi]$. To specify a custom range over % which to plot the function, pass in two additional arguments, the left % and right endpoints of the range in an two element array. % a = -pi/2; %% b = 3*pi/2; %% ezplot(f,[a b]); %% % % Using ezplot, you can still add titles and axes % labels to your plots as before. In fact, it is possible to change most % aspects of the plot, such as the line type and color, using what is known % as "Handle Graphics". %

% The main drawback to the ezplot command is that % it is somewhat limited. For example, there is no clear way to include % parameters in the function, either as pre-defined variables, or as % arguments. Because of this limitation, and others, ezplot should be reserved for simple plots of % functions of one or two variables of the form $f(x)$ or $g(x,y)$. % %% Lab exercises % %
% Use the linspace function to define an array % x containing 11 entries over the range % [-1,1]. Then % evaluate each of the following expressions to obtain a new array % y whose entries are the result of applying the % given expression element-wise to each entry of x. The goal is to use only the minimum number of % dots necessary. %
    %
  1. $y = 4x-12$
  2. %
  3. $y = \tanh(x/10)$
  4. %
  5. $y = -2(x + 3)^2 + 5$
  6. %
  7. $y = \frac{3x^3 - 1}{x^2 + 3}$
  8. %
  9. $y = xe^{-x}$
  10. %
  11. $y = \frac{1}{x^2 + 1}$
  12. %
  13. $y = e^{-10(x-2)^2}$
  14. %
  15. $y = (x + 2)^{\sin(2\pi x)}$
  16. %
  17. $y = 5x^{-2} - 1 + x + \frac{x^2}{2}$
  18. %
  19. $y = \cosh^2(\cos(\pi x)) - \sinh^2(\cos(\pi x))$
  20. %
  21. $y = \frac{\sin(2\pi x)}{x + 2} + 2 \pi \log(x + 2) \cos(2 \pi x)$
  22. %
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%

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% First, create function handles for each of the following functions. Be % sure to use the "dot" operater in your function definition where % necessary. Then, for each of the following exercises, plot the % requested expressions over the interval $[-5,5]$. % $$f(x) = \tan^{-1}(x)$$ % $$g(x) = \sqrt[3]{x}$$ % $$h(x) = x^3 + (5-x)^2 - 7$$ %
    %
  1. On the same graph, plot % $y = f(x)$, % $y = f(x/10)$ and % $y = f(10x)$.
  2. %
  3. Plot $y = g(f(x))$ %
  4. Plot $y = g(x)f(10h(x))$ %
%

%
% For this problem, you will use some basic facts you learned from % Calculus I. % % $$ h(x) = \frac{e^{\cos(2\pi x)}}{x^2 + 5}$$ % %
% Graph this function over the domain [-5,5]. Provide enough % resolution (i.e. number of points) in your plot so you see the features % of the plot. Now, using what you remember from Calculus I, do the % following %
    %
  1. For a given x value in the domain % [-5,5], plot a % line tangent to the curve at point x. Try % different values of 'x' so you are convinced that you have the % correct secant line.
  2. %
  3. Place a symbol at the point where your line is tangent to the % curve
  4. %
  5. On the same plot, graph the derivative of the % function, and % show that the zero-crossings of the derivatives coincide exactly % with the maximum and minimums of the original function. You can % indicate this graphically by drawing vertical lines connecting the % zero crossings of the derivative with the extrema of the original % function.
  6. %
% One of your homework problems will be very similar to this problem, so % please use the lab session to ask any questions on Matlab % at this point. % Next session, we will learn how to use scripts to save % commands to a file.

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Compare your answers with the solutions.

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