# Can I convert a 3-D plot into a 2-D plot?

I am studying the Landau Free Energy Equation. First of all the plot displayed only shown negative range. can i show the positive range too? (y-axes). Then, can I turn this plot into 2-D Plot?

α= 1;
β= 1;
Tmp = 0.1316;
ρ= 0.01;
T = -2;

FreeEnergy =
1/2*(T - 1)*P^2 + 1/4*P^4 + (1/2*α^2*β*M^2*(T - Tmp)) +
1/4 α^2*(β)*(M^4) + 1/2*(ρ*(P^2)*(M^2))

Plot3D[FreeEnergy, {M, -2.05216, 2.05217}, {P, -2.35669, 2.35669}] ### Update

This what I want. It should be extended to the positive side. Maybe I should minimize the equation first? After use ViewPoint-> {-Infinity,0,0} i get this but still not quite right (because the orange part is showing and both left and right should extend to positive side like above picture). • What do you mean by turning it into a 2D plot? Do you want a slice through it? A projection? A density plot? A contour plot? Also, your function doesn't take any positive values in the domain you've passed to Plot3D. You can set the displayed range manually with PlotRange though. – Martin Ender Apr 8 '16 at 9:47
• ContourPlot[FreeEnergy, {M, -2.05216, 2.05217}, {P, -2.35669, 2.35669}] and DensityPlot[FreeEnergy, {M, -2.05216, 2.05217}, {P, -2.35669, 2.35669}] are two examples of 2D plots of the 3D data – Jason B. Apr 8 '16 at 9:48
• @Nabil Something like using the ViewPoint -> {-Infinity, 0, 0} option? – Martin Ender Apr 8 '16 at 10:03
• Either Plot[Evaluate[FreeEnergy /. M -> 0], {P, -2.35669, 2.35669}] or Plot[Evaluate[FreeEnergy /. P -> 0], {M, -2.05216, 2.05217}]. – m_goldberg Apr 9 '16 at 1:13
• The reason you're not seeing any positive values in the graph is because the function doesn't take any positive values for the range you're plotting. Any reason you're not doing something like Plot3D[FreeEnergy, {M, -3, 3}, {P, -3, 3}] instead? – user484 Apr 9 '16 at 2:54

Assuming this is not just ContourPlot. Just minor changes:

α = 1;
β = 1;
tmp = 0.1316;
ρ = 0.01;
t = -2;

fe[m_, p_] :=
1/2*(t - 1)*p^2 + 1/4*p^4 + (1/2*α^2*β*m^2*(t - tmp)) +
1/4 α^2*(β)*(m^4) + 1/2*(ρ*(p^2)*(m^2))


Now,

Show[SliceContourPlot3D[
z - fe[m, p], {z == -4}, {m, -2.05216, 2.05217}, {p, -2.35669,
2.35669}, {z, -5, 0}],
SliceContourPlot3D[-z,
z == fe[m, p], {m, -2.05216, 2.05217}, {p, -2.35669,
2.35669}, {z, -5, 0}]] • there is 4 bowl-like in the 3-D graph which shows the minimum point. how can we know the 4 minimum points of the graph? @ubpdqn – Nabil Apr 8 '16 at 22:50

One or both of the following plots may be what you looking for.

α = 1;
β = 1;
Tmp = 0.1316;
ρ = 0.01;
T = -2;

FreeEnergy =
1/2*(T - 1)*P^2 +
1/4*P^4 + (1/2*α^2*β*M^2*(T - Tmp)) +
1/4 α^2*(β)*(M^4) + 1/2*(ρ*(P^2)*(M^2));

Plot[Evaluate[FreeEnergy /. M -> 0], {P, -2.35669, 2.35669}] Plot[Evaluate[FreeEnergy /. P -> 0], {M, -2.05216, 2.05217}] After help from everybody. this question has been resolved. we can do as follows;

α= 1;
β= 1;
tmp = 0.1316;
ρ= 0.01;
t = -2;

fe[m_, p_] :=
1/2*(t - 1)*p^2 + 1/4*p^4 + (1/2*α^2*β*m^2*(t - tmp)) +
1/4 α^2*(β)*(m^4) + 1/2*(ρ*(p^2)*(m^2))

Show[SliceContourPlot3D[
z - fe[m, p], {z == -3}, {m, -3, 3}, {p, -3, 3}, {z, -6, 6}],
SliceContourPlot3D[-z,
z == fe[m, p], {m, -3, 3}, {p, -3, 3}, {z, -6, 6}]]  Plot[Evaluate[FreeEnergy /. P -> 0], {M, -3, 3}] 