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MATLAB’s extensive, device-independent plotting capabilities are one of its most powerful features. They make it very easy to plot any data at any time. To plot a data set, just create two vectors containing the x and y values to be plotted and use the plot function. x = 0:1:10; y = x.^2 – 10.*x + 15; plot(x,y); When the plot function is executed, MATLAB opens a Figure Window and displays the plot in that window. Titles and axis labels can be added to a plot with the title, xlabel, and ylabel functions. Each function is called with a string containing the title or label to be applied to the plot. Grid lines can be added or removed from the plot with the grid command: grid on turns on grid lines, and grid off turns off grid lines.

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x = 0:1:10; y = x.^2 – 10.*x + 15; plot(x,y); title ('Plot of y = x.^2 – 10.*x + 15'); xlabel ('x'); ylabel ('y'); grid on;

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A plot may be printed on a printer with the print command by clicking on the “print” icon in the Figure Window, or by selecting the “File/Print” menu option in the Figure Window. The print command is especially useful because it can be included in a MATLAB program, allowing the program to automatically print graphical images. The form of the print command is: print If no filename is included, this command prints a copy of the current figure on the system printer. If a filename is specified, the command prints a copy of the current figure to the specified file. There are many different options that specify the format of the output sent to a file. In addition, the “File/Save As” menu option on the Figure Window can be used to save a plot as a graphical image. In this case, the user selects the file name and the type of image from a standard dialog box

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It is possible to plot multiple functions on the same graph by simply including more than one set of (x, y) values in the plot function. For example, to plot the function f (x)= sin 2x and its derivative The derivative of f (x) sin 2x is:= 2 cos 2x To plot both functions on the same axes, generate a set of x values and the corresponding y values for each function. Then to plot the functions, simply list both sets of (x, y) values in the plot function as shown in the following statements: x = 0:pi/100:2*pi; y1 = sin(2*x); y2 = 2*cos(2*x); plot(x,y1,x,y2);

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MATLAB allows a programmer to select the color of a line to be plotted, the style of the line to be plotted, and the type of marker to be used for data points on the line. These traits may be selected using an attribute character string after the x and y vectors in the plot function. The attribute character string can have up to three characters, with the first character specifying the color of the line, the second character specifying the style of the marker, and the last character specifying the style of the line. Legends may be created with the legend function. The basic form of this function is legend('string1', 'string2',..., pos)

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x = 0:pi/100:2*pi; y1 = sin(2*x); y2 = 2*cos(2*x); plot(x,y1,'k-',x,y2,'b--'); title ('Plot of f(x) = sin(2x) and its derivative'); xlabel ('x'); ylabel ('y'); legend ('f(x)','d/dx f(x)','tl') grid on;

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It is possible to plot data on logarithmic scales as well as linear scales. There are four possible combinations of linear and logarithmic scales on the x and y axes, and each combination is produced by a separate function. 1.The plot function plots both x and y data on linear axes. 2. The semilogx function plots x data on logarithmic axes and y data on linear axes. 3. The semilogy function plots x data on linear axes and y data on logarithmic axes. 4. The loglog function plots both x and y data on logarithmic axes.

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