Nov 20th, 2007

You can define a graph by specifying the formulae for the coordinates x,y,z. For example, you can define a surface (two-variable function):

z = x^2 - y^2

You can draw a one-variable graph in the following way:

y = sin(x)
z = 0

Note: you should specify z = 0 because otherwise a two-variable graph will be drawn, where z changes according to the specified scale.

You can specify the center of the graph and its scale in the following way:

scale = 100
xcenter = 0
ycenter = 0
zcenter = 10

Note: by default, the center is in the point (0,0,0) and the scale is 10. In this case the variable x will take values from -5 to 5.

You can specify the number of steps for the variable on the entire segment using the commands xgrid, ygrid, zgrid:

xgrid = 100

You can use the parameters t,p,q to specify a function parametrically.

x = 2 * cos(t*3)
y = 2 * sin(t*5)
z = 0

The minimal and maximal values of the parameter and the number of calculated values on the given segment are specified in the following way:

tmin = 0
tmax = pi
tgrid = 100

It is specified for the parameters p,q in a similar way. Drawing a sample Torus:

pmin = 0; pmax = 2*pi
qmin = 0; qmax = 2*pi
pgrid = 20; qgrid = 25

r = 1.5 * cos(p) + 3

x = 1.5 * sin(p)
y = r * sin(q)
z = r * cos(q)

The list of standard functions and constants you can use while describing functions:

Sin, Cos, Tan, Arcos, Arcsin, Arctan, Exp, Abs, Ln, Sqrt, Round, Ceil, Floor, Min(a,b), Max(a,b)


pi, e

Note the following:

- the syntax does not differentiate between commands written with lowercase and uppercase letters. That is, "r" and "R" will mean one and the same constant.

- you can type commands in one line using ";" as a delimiter.

- use the "#" character for comments, after this character you can enter any text and the program will skip it.

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