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Is this Batman equation for real?

HardOCP has an image with an equation which apparently draws the Batman logo. Is this for real?
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Using equations to draw out complex objects

How do people come up with equations of curves to draw out complex objects? Some popular examples would include: batman curve & PSY curve. This stackexchange link explains the rationale for the ...
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Is there a way to rotate the graph of a function?

Assuming I have the graph of a function $f(x)$ is there function $f_1(f(x))$ that will give me a rotated version of the graph of that function? For example if I plot $\sin(x)$ I will get a sine wave ...
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Define a graph with segments or boundaries

This question is quite simple relative to the normal content on this site. (and please rename the title as I don't know what the proper definition is) Is it possible to have a function such as: $y = ...
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Can the graph of $x^x$ have a real-valued plot below zero?

The function $f(x) = x^x$ gives a complex number only if x has an even denominator. I'm not sure about irrational numbers. Why, then, is the best graph I can find of that function that of Wolfram ...
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Determine third point of triangle when two points and all sides are known?

Determine third point of triangle (on a 2D plane) when two points and all sides are known? A = (0,0) B = (5,0) C = (?, ?) AB = 5 BC = 4 AC = 3 Can someone ...
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Why aren't the graphs of $\sin(\arcsin x)$ and $\arcsin(\sin x)$ the same?

(source for above graph) (source for above graph) Both functions simplify to x, but why aren't the graphs the same?
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Is there any equation for triangle?

Like there's an equation of a circle, is there any equation of a triangle? I've been trying to build one and the closest thing I've managed to do is to create an equation of 2 lines and use the $x$ ...
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Why is $y = \sqrt{x-4}$ a function? and $y = \sqrt{4 - x^2}$ should be a circle

So why is it a function, even though for example $x = 8$; you'll have $y = +2$ and $y = -2$. It'll fail the vertical line test. But every textbook considers it as a function. Did I misunderstand ...
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Plotting graphs using numerical/mathematica method

From the author's equation 13, 14 We can write by inserting V''(A)=0, Solving for R we get, $$R= \frac{6^{D/4} \sqrt{D}}{\sqrt{-2^{1+\frac{D}{2}} 3^{D/2}+3 2^{1+D} A-3^{1+\frac{D}{2}} A^2}}$$ Now ...
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Calculating closest and furthest possible diagonal intersections.

Calculating closest and furthest possible diagonal intersections. Please refer to the image attached. It represents a $2D$ grid with the following properties: The grid origin is $(1,1)$ at the ...
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Plot $|z - i| + |z + i| = 16$ on the complex plane

Plot $|z - i| + |z + i| = 16$ on the complex plane Conceptually I can see what is going on. I am going to be drawing the set of points who's combine distance between $i$ and $-i = 16$, which will ...
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One algorithm for drawing graph of implicit function

All! Does anybody know who is author of algorithm described here and is the proposed solution correct?
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Boxplots and bar graphs

I'm studying for the GRE and came across several questions that I was unable to answer in a practice booklet, even after looking at the answer and trying to work backwards, and searching google and ...
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“Plotting” an equation

I have an equation like $$ (x - a)^2 + (y - b)^2 = r^2 $$ that represents a circle. I need to "plot" it very basically with a programming language. Computer graphics coordinate generally use the ...
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Help me conclude a statement about two points given the following…

Two points on the graph of $y=kx^p$ are labeled $A$ and $C$. Point $A$ has coordinates $(a,b)$, where $0<a<1$ and point $C$ has coordinates $(c,d)$, where $1<c$. If we are told that that the ...
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Function generation by input $y$ and $x$ values

I wonder if there are such tools, that can output function formulas that match input conditions. Lets say I will make input like that: $y=0, x=0$ $y=1, x=1$ $y=2, x=4$ and tool should ...
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Solving a quadratic Inequality

My question is: Solve $$9x-14-x^2>0$$ My answer is: $2 < x < 7$ Though I know my answer is right, I want to know in what ways I can solve it and how it can be graphically represented. ...
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Graph of the function $[\frac{1}{x}]$

I'm interested in the graph of the function $[\frac{1}{x}]$. may seems simple, also I graphed it myself. But there is difference between my solution and the manual solution. Here is the solution of ...
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Estimate growing graphs

Lets make my scenario not generic just so that i could use particular terms Say i have a graph of population per year of someplace over some decades Lets say the graph is like this How can i ...
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Cannabis Equation

How can an equation for the following curve be derived? $$r=(1+0.9 \cos(8 \theta)) (1+0.1 \cos(24 \theta)) (0.9+0.1 \cos(200 \theta)) (1+\sin(\theta))$$ (From WolframAlpha)
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Why does the graph of $e^{1/z}$ look like a dipole?

I was looking at the color wheel graph of $e^{1/z}$, and my girlfriend commented that it looked just like a dipole. Does anyone have an explanation for that, why the geometry would be so similar? I ...
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Best software to take math notes?

I have read some old discussions about this topic and would like to get some up-to-date advice, if possible. How can I take math notes, write formulas and draw graphs on my pc (win 7), the easiest ...
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How to explain the perpendicularity of two lines to a High School student?

Today I was teaching my friend from High School about linear functions. One of the exercises we had to do was finding equations of perpendicular and parallel lines. Explaining parallel equations was ...
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Very interesting graph!

I found a VERY interesting graph on http://www.xamuel.com/graphs-of-implicit-equations/. It looked very, very cool, but the equation of the graph is so simple! Here is the image of the graph: My ...
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What is a good graphing software?

What is a good graphing software ? The one that has the ability to accept an equation (linear, quadratic, etc.) from users and output a graph for that equation (software equivalnet of T1-84 graphing ...
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Draw graph of $\frac{1}{f(x)}$ from graph of $f(x)$

If I know the graph of $f(x)$, how do I draw the graph of $\frac{1}{f(x)}$?
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How do I determine the increasing order of growth of a set of functions?

I've been struggling with a homework-like problem (I'm a self-studier) and having trouble understanding the 'hints' I've already received. Please forgive my lack of knowledge around terminology. ...
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how to choose point spacing to approximate a parametric curve using line segments?

Suppose I have a parametric equation for a curve $\vec{r} = f(t)$, which I wish to draw using line segments between some set of points at times $t_0, t_1, t_2,$ etc. If I want to achieve a given ...
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Formula for solving for Cx and Cy…

I'm trying to create a formula to find the third point in a triangle based on two known points and three known sides. Known Sides: $AB, BC, AC$ Known Points: $A(x, y), B(x, y)$ Unknown Points: ...
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Parametric Equations of an Oblique Circular Cone

I am trying to determine the parametric equations for a specific shape of an oblique circular cone with no success. Exhaustive web searchs and many texts have not been fruitful as regards ...
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What function has a graph that looks like this?

I delete my file which I used to produce this graph. Does anybody have some idea how to produce it again? Thanks for a while.
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Can you write a non-piecewise equation that describes an arbitrary shape?

This batman equation thing got me thinking: for an arbitrary curve drawn on the Cartesian plane, can you write a corresponding equation which is not piecewise? What about closed shapes, a la the ...
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Strange graph problem

I'm trying to figure out this question: in the Cartesian coordinate system, how many grid points (x,y) satisfy $(|x|-1)^2 + (|y|-1)^2 < 2$? When I plugged it in to a graphing calculator, it didn't ...
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How do I reflect a function about a specific line?

Starting with the graph of $f(x) = 3^x$, write the equation of the graph that results from reflecting $f(x)$ about the line $x=3$. I thought that it would be $f(x) = 3^{-x-3}$ (aka shift it three ...
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Why does this algorithm to plot implicit equations work?

This may be an obvious question, but I can't seem to figure it out. I found an algorithm that receives an equation, and in order to plot its graph, for each pixel in the screen, it will replace the ...
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Counting number of perfect matching in bipartite graph. [duplicate]

Graph G is bipartite graph, I want to just count number of perfect matching. Is there any algorithm exist using combinatorial+graph theory, by which i cant count this. I tried by traversing the graph, ...
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Plotting the intersection of multiple surfaces with WolframAlpha

I want to plot the intersection of two surfaces like in this post. But if I enter the much simplified expression ContourPlot3D[{x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - 4=0, xy=1}, {x, -2, 2}, {y, -2, 2}, {z, -2, 2}] ...
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Can we have an equation for any graph?

I was wondering, can we have an equation for any graph even the most zigzagged one?
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Plotting a Function of a Complex Variable

I've been teaching myself complex analysis using "Introductory Complex Analysis" by Richard A. Silverman, and I'm a few chapters in and still have no clue how to plot anything. I know that $$ z = x + ...
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Mathematical/graphical implications of representing double integral of changing acceleration (which gives displacement) on a 3d plane.

Lets assume a function a = |sin t| for acceleration over time. If we integrate it, we get instantaneous velocity. I have been told that integrating a function provides me with the area under the ...
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Can an equation represent a curve in 3D space?

I tried to get a equation that can represent a spiral like spring: $$z=\frac{height}{2\pi }\cdot \arctan \left ( \sqrt{\frac{radius^{2}-x^{2}}{radius^{2}-y^{2}}} \right )$$ I am not sure about the ...
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About balanced and complete binary tree

I found this and I just couldn't verify it. How come it is true? The maximum number of nodes that a balanced binary tree with depth $d$ is a complete binary tree with $2^d-1$ nodes. Let say I have ...
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Is this graph based on rationals familiar?

Has anyone come across a graph like this? The black circles represent rationals in $(0,1)$ and their heights are roughly proportional to the reciprocal of the square of their lowest terms ...
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Points on $(x^2 + y^2)^2 = 2x^2 - 2y^2$ with slope of $1$

Let the curve in the plane defined by the equation: $(x^2 + y^2)^2 = 2x^2 - 2y^2$ How can i graph the curve in the plane and determine the points of the curve where $\frac{dy}{dx} = 1$. My work: ...
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How to find the angle between two straight line equations?

The Problem There are two straight lines with equations as follow y=-2x+10 and y=-3x+6 their point of intersection is (2,6) and i am asked to find the angle between them ? A detailed and easy ...
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Function - Main Features?

I understand how to draw this function, but what does it mean by main features? any examples for the question below? Consider the function $f : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ given by $f(x) = ...
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Understanding the graph for $x^y = y^x$

I graphed $x^y=y^x$ and it is a union of the line y=x, with some other curve. So my first question is, how do I derive that other curve? My next question is, why don't I get the same graph when I ...
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Piecewise function plot in Matlab

Is it possible in Matlab to plot an even piecewise function like: $ f(x) = \begin{cases} 3t , 0 < t < \pi \\ -3t , -\pi \le t \le 0 \end{cases}$ which has a period of $2\pi$. I ...
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What is the purpose of defining the notion of inflection point?

What is the purpose of defining inflection point? I know that it is defined to be the point where the second derivative is zero and the second derivative sign changes. It has to have some purpose ...