Plotter is oettinger-physics.de's empirical plotting utility, a tool to draw function graphs or calculate function value tables. Plotter can be used to produce images of up to three curves of mathematical functions and ten points of interest in a simple cartesian system.
Quick-n-dirty usage: enter one ore more functions (mathematical expressions) into the fields on the right and gently press the button labeled 'Draw' to see the corresponding curves in an image on the left side.
The functions f(x), g(x), h(x) to plot and some optional settings can be set in on the right hand side: a line color (in the ususal hex notation) can be selected, a legend inside the plot area can be switched on or off, the points calculated to draw the curve can be shown either as dots or interconnected and the inside or outside of each curve can be filled with the selected color.
There are some more options on the right hand side:
hull | is the outer function in a function
composition. The function values of the inner functions $f(x),
g(x)$ and $h(x)$ will pointwise be used as variable values
Y for the outer (or hull) function H(Y).
In math notation that is $(H \circ f)(x), (H \circ g)(x)$
and $(H \circ g)(x)$. This is similar to a substitution, e.g. sin(Y) defined as hull function will plot the sine of each defined function, $f(x)$ will be replaced by the composite function $H(f(x)) = \sin(h(x))$. Consider using 2*exp(-.5*Y) as hull function, x as f(x) and x^2 as g(x) - you will get this plot of 2*exp(-.5*x) and 2*exp(-.5*x^2). |
Q | is a simple substitution mechanism, an expression used as a substitute for the special variable Q in function terms. A function value will be calculated after calculation of Q, so f(x) = 2 - Q with Q = 1+x really means f(x) = 2 - (1+x). |
df/dx (first derivative) | shows the (numerical) derivative of the given function. In a legend, this first derivative of f(x) will be shown as f'(x)=[...]'. |
∫f(x)dx (integral) | shows the cumulative function in the drawn interval (integrate over ...). Calculated function values will be multiplied with the difference in variable values for each step, added together and a constant value - the integration constant C is added (if set). This numeric integral of the function $f$ will be called F(x)=S[...]. |
For all functions and numbers, plotter uses mathematical expressions containing function names, constant names and combinations of the following symbols:
x | is treated as variable name in functions $f(x)$ |
0-9 | numbers like 123.45, input values
are hardly restricted (as long as you don't plan to use more than
some hundred digits). The output value (result) in a non-logarithmic
scale is restricted to +/-9223372036854775807 which is also the
maximum value for both axes. Large or small numbers may be written in scientific Notation (the standard index form like 2.5E20 for $2.5\cdot 10^{20}$), with a a mantissa using up to 12 decimal places. |
. , | you can use a point or a comma as decimal separator: 1.5 is the same as 1,5 |
+-*/ | the basic arithmetic operations (as usual when multiplying numbers and variable names, the operator '*' can be omitted, i.e. 2x = 2*x) |
( ) [ ] { } < > | brackets, as in {[(1+x)/(2-x)+1]*3}/(2*x^2). As common in mathematics, any type of brackets can be used pairwise. |
; | is used as separator for functions accepting multiple input values, for example scir(x;2) will plot a semicircle with a radius of 2. For historical reasons (read: backward compatibility), # is allowed, too: scir(x#2) is identical to scir(x;2). |
asy | show a vertical asymptote at a fixed value x, e.g. asy(1) or asy(e) |
As a rule of thumb, every expression that can be evaluated by a PHP-interpreter can be calculated (so you can use the usual functions like sqrt(x) for the square root or sin(x) for a sine) - although there are many optimizations and additional functions defined.
topPlotter is aware of some common constants that may be used in function terms, expressions and all numerical input. For example, e^x with Euler's constant $e$ means the same as exp(x) and a plot can easily be drawn in an interval from $-\pi$ to $\pi$ by setting the plotting range from -pi to pi.
The named constants known by plotter are
e | Euler's number: 2.718281828459 |
pi / PI | $\pi$, Pi: 3.1415926535898 |
pi2 / PI2 | $\pi$/2, Pi/2: 1.5707963267949 |
sq2 | $\sqrt{2}$, the square root of 2: 1.4142135623731 |
go | relation of the golden ratio: 1.6180339887499 |
d | Feigenbaum constant $\delta$: 4.6692016091030 |
g_acc | the gravitational acceleration on earth's surface, commonly approximated by $9,81 \frac{\text{m}}{\text{s}^2}$ |
h | the Planck constant (the quantum of electromagnetic action that relates a photon's energy to its frequency), defined as $h = 6.62607015\cdot 10^{−34} \text{J}\cdot\text{s}$ |
hbar | the Planck constant measured in radians $\hbar = 1.054571817\cdot 10^{−34} \text{J}\cdot\text{s}$ |
c | the speed of light in empty space, $c = 299792458 \frac{\text{m}}{\text{s}}$ |
Na | Avogadro's constant (the number of particles in one mole of substance), $N_A = 6.02214076\cdot 10^{23} \text{mol}^{-1}$ |
Plotter knows many interesting functions, nested ones like sin(pow(x;2/3)) all kinds of polynomials like 2*x^3-4*x^2+x+1 and rational functions will work out of the box. Many known functions expect multiple values or variables which should be separated by colons (; as in norm(2;1;x), hashes will work, too) - this way, a dot or a comma can both be used as decimal separator.
top^ or pow | power function,
e.g. x^2 or pow(x;2) for $x^2$. A root can be
written using a fraction as exponent, so x^(1/2) or x^.5
means the square root of $x$, an exponential function $e^x$ can
be written as e^x or pow(e;x). Caution: real (complex numbers cannot be plotted in cartesian coordinates) roots of negative values can only be calculated if the numerator is 1 and the denominator is odd (e.g. x^(1/3) ). To calculate negative x-values for an odd numerator and a denominator < 1, the expression can be transformed - it is common to read (x^(1/3))^2 as the result of x^(2/3). |
sqrt | the square root as a function (positive values), sqrt(x) is equivalent to $\sqrt{x} = x^{1/2};\quad x \gt 0$. |
sqr | alternative expression for the square root, the same as above. |
exp | exponential function, Euler-function, exp(x) is equivalent to e^x. |
log | natural logarithm (logarithm to base e) , log(x) = $\log_{e} x$. |
ln | natural logarithm, the same as above, ln(x) = log(x) |
log10 | decadic logarithm, log10(x) = $\log_{10} x$. |
logn | logarithm to base n, the first argument is the base, e.g. logn(2;x) as the binary (base 2) logarithm. |
sin | Sine, sinus, usage is sin(x) |
cos | Cosine, cosinus, usage is cos(x) |
tan | Tangent, usage is tan(x) |
cot | Cotangent, usage is cot(x) |
sin2 | Sine square, usage is sin2(x) |
cos2 | Cosine square, usage is cos2(x) |
tan2 | Tangent square, usage is tan2(x) |
cot2 | Cotangent square, usage is cot2(x) |
arcsin | Arcsine, usage is arcsin(x) |
arccos | Arccosine, usage is arccos(x) |
arctan | Arctangent, usage is arctan(x) |
arccot | Arccotangent, usage is arccot(x) |
sinh | Hyperbolic Sine, usage is sinh(x) |
cosh | Hyperbolic Cosine, usage is cosh(x) |
tanh | Hyperbolic Tangent, usage is tanh(x) |
coth | Hyperbolic Cotangent, usage is coth(x) |
arsinh | Area Hyperbolic Sine, usage is arsinh(x) |
arcosh | Area Hyperbolic Cosine, usage is arcosh(x) |
artanh | Area Hyperbolic Tangent, usage is artanh(x) |
arcoth | Area Hyperbolic Cotangent, usage is arcoth(x) |
sec | Secant, usage is sec(x) |
cosec | Cosecant, usage is cosec(x) |
arcsec | Arcsecant, usage is arcsec(x) |
arccosec | Arccosecant, usage is arccosec(x) |
sech | Hyperbolic Secant, usage is sech(x) |
cosech | Hyperbolic Cosecant, usage is cosech(x) |
arsech | Area Hyperbolic Secant, usage is arsech(x) |
arcosech | Area Hyperbolic Cosecant, usage is arcosech(x) |
cat | Catenary, cat(2;x) is the catenary function $2\cdot \cosh(x/2)$. The first value is used as the constant $a$ in $f = a\cdot \cosh(x/a)$. |
gd | Gudermannian function, gd(x) is defined as $\arctan(\sinh(x))$. |
siv | Semiversus, e.g. siv(x) for $\sin^2(x/2)$. |
sinc | Sine cardinalis, sinc(x) is $\dfrac{\sin(x)}{x}$. |
tanc | Tanc function or tangent cardinalis, tanc(x) is defined as $\dfrac{\tan(x)}{x}$. |
hubb | Hubbert curve, e.g. hubb(x) for $\dfrac{1}{2+2\cdot \cosh(x)}$. |
L | Langevin function, e.g. L(x) for $\coth(x)-\dfrac{1}{x}$. |
deg | converts a radian number into the equivalent in degrees. deg(pi) $= \pi\cdot \frac{180^\circ}{\pi} = 180 (^\circ)$. |
rad | converts a number in degrees into its radian equivalent. rad(180) = $180^\circ \cdot \frac{\pi}{180^\circ} = \pi$. |
abs | the absolute value of the variable, abs(x) = $|x| = \begin{cases} x; \; & x \geq 0 \\ (-1)\cdot x ; \; & x<0 \end{cases}$ |
min | minimum of several values, e.g. min(1;x;x^(1/3)) is the minimum of $1, x$ and $\sqrt[3]{x}$. |
max | maximum of several values, max(abs(x);x*x) is the maximum of the absolute value of $x$ and $x^2$. |
% | modulo division, the whole-numbered remainder, e.g. 10%x |
fmod | modulo division, floating point remainder, so fmod(x;1) displays everything after the decimal point of the input value. |
round or R | round, the optional second argument sets the number of decimals. For example, R(x;2) rounds x to two decimal places, R(x) rounds to an integer. |
floor or R0 | floor (round down to an integer). For example, floor(x) is equivalent to Gauss brackets $[x]$ (the integer part of $x$). |
ceil or R1 | ceil (round up), ceil(x) is equivalent to $[x] + 1$. |
dist | distance function, dist(x) yields the distance to the nearest integer. |
prime | prime number function, prime(x) returns the next lower prime number (or $x$ itself, if prime) for $x\geq 2$ and $x \leq 100000$. In all prime functions, non-integers are rounded. |
prime1 | prime number detecting function, prime1(x) returns $x$ if $x$ is prime, 0 otherwise. |
prime2 | distinct prime factor counting function, prime2(x) returns the number of different prime factors for an integer. |
prime3 | prime factor counting function, prime3(x) returns the number of prime factors for an integer, including repetitions. So prime2(4) is 1 (the two prime factors are the same), whereas prime3(4) is 2. For a prime number, prime3(x) is 1 |
div | divisor function, div(x) returns the number of divisors of an integer. Non-integers are rounded. |
dig | the digit sum, dig(x) returns the sum of all digits of an integer (in decimal representation). Non-integers will be rounded and negative values will be treated as positive. |
dig2 | iterated (one-digit) digit sum, e.g. dig2(x) returns the iterated digit sum of an integer. |
adig | alternating digit sum, e.g. adig(x). Non-integers are rounded, negative variable values are treated as positive. |
fac | factorial defined as $x! = \prod\limits_{k=1}^x k ;\; x \in \mathbb{N}$ and $0! := 1$. For negative numbers, a factorial does not make sense. Non-integers will be rounded. |
H | Heaviside step function, used to model switching. H(x) is defined as $0$ for $x < 0$, $1$ else. |
Hm | multivariate Heaviside step function. Hm(arg1;arg2) is $0$ if at least one argument is $ < 0$, else $1$. Hm accepts any number of arguments. |
sig | signum function (sign function), sig(x) is $-1$ if $x < 0$, $1$ if $x > 0$ or $0$ if $x = 0$. |
haar | Haar wavelet, e.g. haar(x) |
gcf | greatest common factor (or greatest common divisor, gcd), e.g. gcf(8;x) returns the greatest common factor between two integers. Non-integers will be rounded. |
lcm | least common multiple, e.g. lcm(8;x) returns the least common multiple between two integers. Non-integers will be rounded. |
mo | Möbius function $\mu(x)$. For a positive integer $x$, mo(x) returns 0 if $x$ has a squared prime factor, -1 if $x$ has an odd number of distinct prime factors and 1 if $x$ has an even number of distinct prime factors. The argument will be rounded to an integer and the maximum value is 100000. |
toti | Euler's totient function, e.g. toti(x) counts all positive integers less than $x$ that are comprime to $x$. Non-integers will be rounded. |
odd | find odd numbers. odd(x) returns only odd numbers. Non-integers will be rounded. |
even | find even numbers. even(x) returns even numbers . Non-integers will be rounded. |
bin | binomial coefficient with two arguments $n$ and $k$ in \[ \binom{n}{k} = \frac{n!}{k!(n-k)!}\] For example, bin(4;x) yields $\binom{4}{x}$, non-integer values will be rounded. |
tri | periodic triangle curve, e.g. tri(1;2;x). The first value is the period, the second the amplitude. |
rect | periodic rectangle curve, e.g. rect(1;-1;2;x). The first argument is the upper limit, the second the lower limit and the third is the period. |
saw | sawtooth wave function, e.g. saw(2;1;x). The first value is the period, the second the amplitude. |
saw2 | reverse sawtooth wave, e.g. saw2(2;1;x). Arguments as above. |
ramp | ramp function, e.g. ramp(1;2;1;x) The first two arguments are the start and end value, the third one sets the final height. |
ramp2 | reverse ramp function, e.g. ramp2(1;2;1;x) with arguments start value, end value and height. |
trap | trapezium (trapezoid) function, e.g. trap(-4;-1;3;2;3;x) The first value is the start value of the climb, the second is the end value of the climb, the third is the height, the fourth is the start value of the descent and the fifth is the end value of the descent. |
poly | polyline or chart line, each pair of arguments is read as a point and connected to the previous one with a line. poly(-4;2;-3;4;-2;1;-1;0;0;3;1;2;2;-1;3;3;4;1;x) plots a chart where (-4,2) is connected to (-3,4) which is connected to (-2,1) etc. The polyline must be connected from left to right (i.e. the $x$-values must increase with each step). |
rand | integer (pseudo-)random number between two limits, rand(0;2) returns 0, 1 or 2 (numbers are generated by PHP using a Mersenne twister). |
rand2 | floating-point (pseudo-)random number between two limits. The third argument allows to adjust the precision (number of decimals, maximum is 9). For example, rand2(0;1;3) returns a number between $0$ and $1$ with three decimal places. |
norm | normal or Gaussian distribution $f(x) = \frac {1}{\sqrt {2\pi \sigma ^{2}}}e^{-{\frac{(x-\mu )^{2}}{2\sigma^{2}}}}$, the first value is the mean $\mu$, the second is the standard deviation $\sigma$. See norm(2;1;x) for a standard normal distribution shifted two units to the right. |
phi | $\Phi$, cumulative Gaussian distribution function with arguments mean $\mu$ and standard deviation $\sigma$ as above. This is an approximation based on the interval displayed. It could be used if the normal distribution starts at values close to 0. See phi(0;1;x) for a reasonable example. |
chi2 | chi-square distribution, e.g. chi2(3;x) The first value is the number of the degrees of freedom. |
ichi2 | inverse-chi-square distribution, e.g. ichi2(3;x) The first value is the number of the degrees of freedom. |
sichi2 | scale-inverse-chi-square distribution, e.g. sichi2(3;1;x) The first value is the number of the degrees of freedom, the second is the scale parameter, both must be >0. |
chi | chi distribution, e.g. chi(3;x) The first value is the number of the degrees of freedom. |
stud | Student's t-distribution (also known as t-distribution), e.g. stud(2;x) The first value is the number of the degrees of freedom. |
F | F-distribution (Fisher-Snedecor), e.g. F(5;2;x) The first two values are the numbers of the degrees of freedom. |
Fz | Fisher's z-distribution, e.g. Fz(5;2;x) The first two values are the numbers of the degrees of freedom. |
lnorm | log-normal distribution, e.g. lnorm(0;1;x) The first value is the mean, the second is the standard deviation. |
cau | Cauchy distribution or Lorentz distribution, e.g. cau(0;1;x) for the standard Cauchy distribution. The first value is the location parameter, the second is the scale parameter. |
lapc | Laplace distribution, e.g. lapc(0;1;x) The first value is the location parameter, the second is the scale parameter. The second parameter must be >0. |
logd | logistic distribution, e.g. logd(1;2;x) The first value is the location parameter, the second is the scale parameter. |
hlogd | half-logistic distribution, e.g. hlogd(x) |
rlng | Erlang distribution, e.g. rlng(5;1;x) The first value is the shape parameter, the second is the rate parameter. The first parameter must be a natural number. |
pon | exponential distribution, e.g. pon(1;x). The first parameter is the rate parameter $\lambda$ in \[ f(x;\lambda) = \begin{cases}\lambda e^{-\lambda x} & x \ge 0, \\0 & x < 0.\end{cases}\] |
cosd | raised cosine distribution, e.g. cosd(0;1;x) The first value is the location parameter, the second is the scale parameter. cosd is defined in the interval [location-scale;location+scale]. |
sechd | hyperbolic secant distribution, e.g. sechd(x) |
kum | Kumaraswamy distribution, e.g. kum(2;3;x) The first two values are the shape parameters a and b. |
levy | Lévy distribution, e.g. levy(1;x) The first value is the scale parameter. |
rlgh | Rayleigh distribution, e.g. rlgh(1;x) The first value is the scale parameter. |
wb | Weibull distribution, e.g. wb(2;1;x) The first value is the shape parameter, the second is the scale parameter. |
wig | Wigner semicircle distribution, e.g. wig(1;x) The first value gives the radius. |
gammad | gamma distribution, e.g. gammad(2;3;x) The first value is the shape parameter, the second is the scale parameter. |
igammad | inverse-gamma distribution, e.g. igammad(2;1;x) The first value is the shape parameter, the second is the scale parameter. |
igauss | inverse Gaussian distribution, e.g. igauss(1;0.25;x) The first value is the shape parameter, the second is the scale parameter. |
betad | beta distribution, e.g. betad(2;3;x) The first two values are the shape parameters, these must be ≥0. betad is defined for x in [0;1]. |
betap | beta prime distribution, e.g. betap(2;3;x) The first two values are the shape parameters, these must be >0. |
par | Pareto distribution, e.g. par(2;1;x) The first value is the location parameter, the second is the shape parameter. |
pear | Pearson distribution (type III), e.g. pear(1;1;2;x) The first value is the location parameter, the second is the scale parameter and the third is the shape parameter. |
nak | Nakagami distribution, e.g. nak(4;1;x) The first value is the shape parameter, the second is the spread parameter. |
shg | shifted Gompertz distribution, e.g. shg(0.5;1;x) The first value is the scale parameter, the second is the shape parameter, both must be >0. |
brw | relativistic Breit-Wigner distribution, e.g. brw(1;2;x) The first value is the mass of the resonance, the second is the resonance's width and the third is the energy. |
gen | generalized extreme value distribution, e.g. gen(0;1;0.2;x) The first value is the location parameter, the second is the scale parameter and the third is the shape parameter. |
Ft | Fisher-Tippett distribution, e.g. Ft(1;2;x) The first value is the location parameter, the second is the scale parameter. The second parameter must be >0. |
rossi | Rossi distribution, or mixed extreme value distribution, e.g. rossi(0;3;1;4;x) The first four values are c1, c2, d1 and d2. |
gum1 | Gumbel distribution type 1, e.g. gum1(2;1;x) The first two values are the parameters a and b. |
gum2 | Gumbel distribution type 2, e.g. gum2(2;1;x) The first two values are the parameters a and b. |
trid | triangular distribution, e.g. trid(1;2;4;x) The first value is the lower limit, the second is the most probable and the third is the upper limit. |
bind | Binomial distribution, e.g. bind(5;0.4;x) The first value is the number of trials, the second is the success probability. |
nbin | Negative binomial distribution, e.g. nbin(3;0.4;x) The first value is a paremater >0, the second is a probability. |
poi | Poisson distribution, e.g. poi(3;x) The first value is λ, the second is the expected value. |
skel | Skellam distribution, e.g. skel(1;2;x) The first two values are the means of two different Poisson distributions. |
gk | Gauss-Kuzmin distribution, e.g. gk(x) |
geo | Geometric distribution (variant A), e.g. geo(0.8;x) The first value is a probability. |
hgeo | Hypergeometric distribution, e.g. hgeo(8;3;2;x) The first value is the total number of objects, the second is the total number of defective objects, the third is is the number of sample objects and the fourth the number of defective objects in the sample. |
yule | Yule-Simon distribution, e.g. yule(2;x) The first value is the shape parameter. |
logs | Logarithmic series distribution, e.g. logs(0.1;x) The first value is a probability. |
zipf | Zipf or zeta distribution, e.g. zipf(3;x) The first value is a parameter >0. |
zm | Zipf-Mandelbrot law or Pareto-Zipf law, e.g. zm(100;1;2;x) The first three values are N, q and s. Maximum for N is 100. |
uni | Uniform distribution, e.g. uni(1;2;x) The first value is the lower limit, the second is the upper limit. |
traj | Trajectory parabola, path of a thrown object, e.g. traj(45;20;9.81;x) The first value is the angle in degrees, the second one the speed $v$ (e.g. in meters per second). The third value is the gravitational acceleration $g$ (e.g. in m/s²), the average value on earth is $g$ = 9.81 m/s². |
pll | Parallel operator, the reciprocal value of the sum of all reciprocal arguments. For example, pll(20;30;x) is equivalent to \[ f(x) = \frac{1}{\frac{1}{20} + \frac{1}{30} + \frac{1}{x}} \] Accepts any number of arguments. |
M1 | Arithmetic mean \[ \bar{x} = \frac{1}{n}\sum_{k=1}^n x_k. \] Accepts an arbitrary number of arguments $x_k$. For example, M1(2;3;x) will return the mean of $x_1=2$, $x_2=3$ and the current value $x$, i.e. $\frac{1}{3}(2+3+x)$ |
M2 | Geometric mean \[ \bar{x}_g = \left(\prod_{i=1}^{n}x_{i}\right)^{\frac {1}{n}} ={\sqrt[{n}]{x_{1}x_{2}\cdots x_{n}}}, \] M2(2;3;x) is equvalent to $\sqrt[3]{2\cdot 3\cdot x}$. Accepts any number of arguments, only positive values are allowed. |
M3 | Harmonic mean \[ \bar{x}_\text{harm} = \frac{n}{\frac{1}{x_{1}}+\dotsb +\frac{1}{x_{n}}}, \] accepts any number of arguments $n$, only positive values are allowed. |
M4 | Root mean square \[ \mathrm {RMS} = \sqrt{{\frac {1}{n}}\sum_{i=1}^{n}{x_{i}^{2}}} = \sqrt{\frac {x_{1}^{2}+x_{2}^{2}+\cdots +x_{n}^{2}}{n}} \] M4(2;3;x) Accepts any number of arguments. |
M5 | Median, the value separating the higher half from the lower half in an ordered set of values (or the mean of the two values in the center if the number of members is even). For example, M5(2;3;x) is 3 for $x =$ 4 and 2 for $x =$ 1. Accepts any number of arguments. |
scir | Semicircle curve, for example scir(x;1) for a semicircle with radius 1. The curve is calculated as $y = \sqrt{r^2-x^2};\quad y\leq 0$. |
ell | Semielliptic curve, e.g. ell(2;1;x) for a semiellipse with a horizontal radius of 2 and vertical radius 1. Calculated as $y = \sqrt{b^2(1-\dfrac{x^2}{a^2})}; \quad y\leq 0$. |
ell2 | Semi-superellipse or semi-hyperellipse, \[ \left|{\frac {x}{a}}\right|^{n}\!+\left|{\frac {y}{b}}\right|^{n}=1; \quad y\leq 0.\] arguments are ell2(a;b;n;x), so ell2(2;3;4;x) will draw a semiellipse with horizontal radius 2, vertical radius 3 and $n$=4. |
lmn | Lemniscate of Bernoulli, constructed as $\left(x^{2}+y^{2}\right)^{2}-2a^{2}\left(x^{2}-y^{2}\right)\,=\,0$ with parameter $a$. lmn(1;x) returns the upper half of the lemniscate with $a = 1$. For the lower half, you can use -lmn(1;x) |
lmn2 | Lemniscate of Gerono, $x^{4}-x^{2}+y^{2}=0$. lmn2(x) returns the upper half of the lemniscate. |
lmn3 | Lemniscate of Booth, $(x^{2}+y^{2})^{2}=cx^{2}+dy^{2};\; c>0>d$ with parameters $c, d$. For $c=1$ and $d=-1$, the upper half of the lemniscate is calculated by lmn3(1;-1;x). |
pyth | Pythagorean theorem, returns the root of the squared arguments. pyth(x;1) $= \sqrt{x^2 + 1^2}$. |
thr | Rule of three, thr(x;1;2) is $f(x)=1\cdot \frac{2}{x}$. |
fib | Fibonacci numbers, e.g. fib(x) or fib(x;1). The numbers are calculated as natural ones unless the second parameter is set to 1 - in this case, a continuous value will be calculated (the un-rounded value of the approximation of the Fibonacci numbers). |
dc | Exponential decay $f(x) = f_0\cdot e^{-\lambda\cdot x}$, the first argument is the start value $f_0$, the second the decay constant $\lambda$, so dc(5;1;x) = $1\cdot e^{-5 x}$. |
erf | Gaussian error function, erf(x) $ ={\frac {2}{\sqrt {\pi }}}\int _{0}^{x}e^{-\tau ^{2}}\,\mathrm {d} \tau$. The function is approximated using a Taylor series. |
HY4 | Hyper4, also known as tetration or super-exponentiation and usually written as $^na$, iterated exponentiation af a value ${\displaystyle {a^{a^{\cdot ^{\cdot ^{a}}}}}}$. The second parameter defines the number of iterations, hence HY4(x;1) is $x$ and HY4(x;3) means $x^{x^x}$. Caution - function values can grow rapidly! |
lambda | Lambda function $x^{x^{n-1}}$ with parameter $n$, so lambda(x;3) is x to the power of (x to the power of (3-1)). |
sgm | Sigmoid function or logistic function, sgm(x) $= \dfrac{1}{1+e^{-x}}$. |
gom(a;b;c;x) | Gompertz curve $y = ae^{-be^{-cx}}$, e.g. gom(2;-5;-3;x). The first value is the upper asymptote, the second is the parameter b and the third is the growth rate. Second and third value must be negative. |
zeta | Riemann zeta function for values >1, e.g. zeta(x). Approximated by the finite series \[ \zeta (x) = \sum _{n=1}^{1000 }n^{-x} \approx \sum _{n=1}^{\infty }n^{-x};\; \Re(x)>1\,.\] |
eta | Dirichlet eta function, e.g. eta(x). Calculated using the approximation of the Riemann zeta function $\eta (s)=(1-2^{{1-s}})\cdot \zeta (s)$. |
stir | Stirling's asymptotic approximation for large factorials, stir(x) = $ \sqrt{2\pi\cdot x}\left(\frac{x}{e}\right)^x \approx x!$. |
gamma | Gamma function (Euler and Weierstrass definition, an approximation), e.g. gamma(x) as extension of the factorial function and for many statistical distributions. |
beta | Euler beta function, e.g. beta(2;x). The function is calculated using the (approximated) gamma function: \[ \mathrm{B} (x,y) = \frac{\Gamma(x)\cdot \Gamma(y)}{\Gamma (x+y)}\] |
digamma | Digamma function, digamma(x) is the logarithmic derivative of the gamma function \[ \psi (x)=\frac{d}{dx}\ln\big(\Gamma(x)\big)=\frac{\Gamma^\prime(x)}{\Gamma(x)} \] |
omega | Lambert-W function or Omega function or product log (approximation), e.g. omega(x) |
theta | Ramanujan theta function, e.g. theta(x;0.3) The two values are a and b. abs(a*b) must be <1. |
bump | Bump function $\Psi$, e.g. bump(x) for $\exp(-1/(1-x^2))$ between -1 and 1, else 0. |
srp | Serpentine curve, calculated as $\dfrac{abx}{x^2 + a^2}$. The first two values are the constants $a$ and $b$, srp(2;1;x) $ = \dfrac{2\cdot 1\cdot x}{x^2 + 2^2}$. |
bsc | Gaussian bell-shaped curve, $\exp(-(ax)^2)$. The first value is the shape parameter $a$, so bsc(1;x) is the curve of $f(x) = e^{(-x)^2}$. |
gbsc | Generalized Gaussian bell-shaped curve $a\cdot e^{b\cdot x + c\cdot x^2}$ with arguments $a$, $b$ and $c$, for example gbsc(1;2;-1;x) for $f(x) = 1\cdot e^{2\cdot x-1\cdot x^2}$. |
bool | Characteristic boolean function, e.g. bool(1/x) Returns nothing if the input value is not defined, 0 if 0, else 1. | |
bool0 | Defined boolean function, e.g. bool0(x) Returns 0, if the input value is 0 or not defined, else 1. | |
bool1 | Undefined boolean function, e.g. bool1(prime1(x)) Returns nothing, if the input value is 0 or not defined, else 1. | |
con | Condition function, e.g. con(l;x;u) will return 1 if $x \in [l, u]$, 0 else. The first and third argument are the lower and upper limit of the interval. See con(0;sin(x);1) for an example. | |
rcon | Reverse condition function, the logical negation of the function above. rcon(0;sin(x);1) con(l;x;u) will return 1 if $x \not\in [l, u]$, 0 else. | |
wcon | Weighted condition function, e.g. wcon(0;sin(x);1) Only returns the second value, if this lies between the first and the third value. | |
rwcon | Reverse weighted condition function, e.g. rwcon(0;sin(x);1) Only returns the second value, if it's not located between the first and the third value. | |
&& (and) | can be simulated with the minimum function, e.g. min{ con[0;sin(x);1] ; con[0;cos(x);1] } | |
|| (or) | can be simulated with the maximum function, e.g. max{ con[0;sin(x);1] ; con[0;cos(x);1] } | |
⊕ (xor) | can be simulated with the maximum minus the minimum function, e.g. max{ con[0;sin(x);1] ; con[0;cos(x);1] } - min{ con[0;sin(x);1] ; con[0;cos(x);1] } |
Caution: derivative and integral combined with iteration will not lead to reasonable results. Logarithmic scale won't work either.
y | Previous function value, e.g. for y(0)+0.01 is 0 the initial value for y, the next value is the last result of the input value x and so on. |
y2 | Pre-previous function value, e.g. y2(1)+0.001 |
step | Number of the iteration steps done, divided by the parameter value, e.g. step(100) counts up to five (at 500 px width). |
mean | Iterated arithmetic mean, e.g. mean(sin(x)) gives the arithmetic mean of function values calculated from the leftmost up to the current value in x. |
man | Mandelbrot function, e.g. man(0;-1.9) for $y(0)\cdot y(0)-1.9$. |
rsf | Random singular function (a kind of devil's staircase), e.g. rsf(0;2) for y(a)+0.008*rand(0;1)*rand(0;1)*(b-a), from a (first value) to b (second value) at 500px width. The first value is the start point on the y-axis, the second is the average end value. |
wf | Weierstrass function, approximated using \[ f(x) := \sum_{k=0}^n a^k\cos(b^k\pi x) \] The second parameter is $a; \; 0 1+\frac{3}{2} \pi$. e.g. wf(x;0.5;17;10) The second value is a parameter between 0 and 1, the third value is an odd and positive integer. The second multiplied with the third must be larger than $1+3/2\pi$. The fourth value is the number of steps done. In theory this is infinite, but here the maximum is 100. |
blanc | Blancmange curve, approximated as \[ \operatorname{blanc}(x) = \sum_{k=0}^n \frac{s(2^{k}x)}{2^k}\] with the triangle wave $s(x)=\min _{n\in {\mathbf {Z} }}|x-n|$ on the unit interval $[0;1]$ and its periodic continuation. The second value is the number of steps done ($n-1$), maximum is 1000. An example is blanc(x;10). |
tak | Takagi-Landsberg curve, approximated as \[ T_w(x) = \sum_{k=0}^n w^k s(2^{k}x)\] with the triangle wave $s(x)=\min _{n\in {\mathbf {Z} }}|x-n|$ on the unit interval $[0;1]$ and its periodic continuation. The second value is the parameter $w;\; 0 \leq w \leq 1$, the third one sets the number of steps done ($n-1$, the maximum is 1000). See tak(x;0.7;10) for an example. |
D or D1 First derivative, e.g. D(x*x) D2 Second derivative, e.g. D2(x^3) D3 Third derivative, e.g. D3(x^4) |
D0 or D01 First derivative, alternative form, e.g. D0(x*x) D02 Second derivative, alternative form, e.g. D02(x^3) D03 Third derivative, alternative form, e.g. D03(x^4) |
S or S1 first integral, e.g. S(x*x) S2 second integral, e.g. S2(x) S3 third integral, e.g. S3(1) |
image type: | plotter knows three quite common image formats: png (compression level 1), gif (GIF87a) and jpeg (with 90 percent quality level). In gif and png format the background can be set to be transparent, the jpeg image format does not support transparency. |
width / height | set the size of the image in pixels. For practical reasons, the minimum size is 200, maximum is 500. |
range | defines an interval the curves are displayed in. Maximal input and output value is +/-100000. Using a logarithmic scale, the output value can raise up to about 10^{300}. Constants like pi are allowed in interval borders. |
intervals | number of sectors on each axis labeled with dashes and numbers. Maximum is 250 or half of the width / height. |
grid lines | the number of the grid lines drawn. Maximum is half of the width or height. |
dashes length | length of the dashes on both axes. Maximum length is 500. |
decimal places | defines the number of decimal places displayed. This also sets the number of decimal places used in calculation of values for the function tables. The default value is 3, maximum is 12. |
gap at origin | sets the size of an optional symbolic gap around the origin in px. You guessed that already - if set to 0, no gap is shown. |
graph thickness | line thickness of function graphs in px. Values can be positive integers up to 200 (which looks quite funny...). |
log. scale | select linear or logarithmic scale on one or both axes. If no logarithm is selected, an axis will be drawn using a linear scale. You can choose logarithmic bases 2, e, 10 or 100 or enter an individual value. Caution: logarithmic display will not work in combination with integrals, derivates or iterations. |
quadrants | offers buttons to change the displayed quadrants and an input field for their size. If you wish to change the size, do so before clicking one of these buttons. |
plotter can be used to calculate function values if given a list of (discrete) variable values. To calculate, a function term (given in plotter's syntax) and a list of variable values is needed. There are three buttons to copy the function definitions in the plotting part (named f(x), g(x) and h(x)).
Variable values used to calculate distinct points on the curve can be given in text form (a line of numbers separated by spaces), the buttons +10/-10 will enter whole numbers from 1 to 10 rsp -1 to -10.
Once calculated, the values will be displayed in a format selected by the radio buttons - a line of numbers, a table, in csv-notation (comma-separated) or as a snippet of LaTex code.
Each time a plot is created, the selected values and options are concatenated into a (long and ugly!) query string to pass all relevant data to the graphing part and produce just the actual image. Using this mechanism, the plot can be redrawn at any time by simply passing the same data to graph.php (which in turn will happily return an image in the selected format). All required information is stored in the query string - so the URL displayed in the text field can be used to create a predefined plot on the fly, there's no need to save the image into a file. Of course, the URL can be saved as text to create a plot later on.
Direct linking to a function plot is a nice feature, but the URL with plotter's options in the query string is really ugly. That's why a short link (tinyurl-a-like) is created in the upper field. The short link can be used if you do not need a direct link to the image (in other words: if a redirection is acceptable).
By appending " .qr " to the end of the short link, a QRCode (in png format) of the short link will be created which in turn will redirect to the image of the created plot - simple, huh?
Here's an example: the short URL http://oeshort.de/h8 (the QR-code is ) links to a simple plot of a standard parabola.
All images created by the plotter located at plot.oettinger-physics.de are covered by a WTFPL-License or in other words, they are released into public domain. Please do not use the plotter if you don't feel comfortable with this.
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