# Tagged Questions

Questions regarding the plotting or graphing of functions. Questions about graphs with vertices and edges should use the (graph-theory) tag instead.

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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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### Is “imposing” one function onto another ever used in mathematics?

First of all, let me define what I mean by "imposing," and let me clarify that I've only studied this operation in 2D Euclidean space. Now then, to impose one function onto another, you need two ...
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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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### 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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### Plot of a … Square?

Well there are equations which can plot a square like : $|x-y|+|x+y|=a$ But how about this equation: ? (At the end ... bear with me!) [Here I have taken $a = 1$] Plot of $$x^2 + y^2 = a^2$$ ...
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### Moriarty's calculator: some bizarre and deceptive graphical anomalies

Background: This is a problem I first came across a few years ago in a calculus textbook (a James Stewart one), where it addressed some of the pitfalls of using graphing calculators. The original ...
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### What is the flaw in my thinking for the graph of this function?

Consider the map $$f: \mathbb R^2 \to \mathbb R, (x,y) \mapsto x^3 + y^3 + xy$$ This defines a surface in $\mathbb R^3$. Let's consider some level set $f(x,y) = c$: (see here page 67) I think ...
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### What equation produces this curve?

I'm working on an engineering project, and I'd like to be able to input an equation into my CAD software, rather than drawing a spline. The spline is pretty simple - a gentle curve which begins and ...
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### Piecewise functions: Got an example of a real world piecewise function?

Looking for something beyond a contrived textbook problem concerning jelly beans or equations that do not represent anything concrete. Not just a piecewise function for its own sake. Anyone?
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### What do bitwise operators look like in 3d?

The hypothetical relation is $z = \mathrm{xor}\left(x,y\right)$ where xor is any bitwise operator such as AND, OR, NAND, etc. I see that these operations may be defined for integers trivially using ...
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### When are graphs deceiving?

What are some examples of functions or quantities relating to functions (e.g., limits) $f:A \to B$ where $A$, $B \subseteq \mathbb{R}$ that require by-hand, "analytical" methods for analysis which are ...
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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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### Why is wolfram alpha plotting this differently?

I have an equation for a cylinder as $x^2+(y-b)^2=a^2$ for some $a$ and $b$. so I just plugged in $b=2$ and $a=1$ and tried to plot it using wolfram alpha, and the 3D plot looked like half a cylinder, ...
### When is the sum of first $n$ numbers equal to the sum of the next $k$ numbers?
When is the sum $1+2+\cdots + n = (n+1) + (n+2) + \cdots +(n+k)$? The easiest solution $(n,k)$ is $(2,1)$. For example, $1+2 = 3$. Do any others exist? Roots of $(n+k)^2 + (n+k) = 2n^2 +2n$ give ...
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