I am able to quickly create this minimal working example 3D Plot:

data = Table[Sin[2*Pi*x*(t - 4)]/x, {x, .0001, 2, .1}, {t, 5, 6, 0.1}];
ListPlot3D[data, AxesLabel -> {"t, time", "x, distance", "h, height"}]

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My problem is that I can't figure out how to format the data so that the "x, distance" axis and the "t,time" axis have the correct values. In this example, x should go from 0 to 2; it instead goes from 0 to 20. t should go from 5 to 6, and it instead goes from 0 to 10.

When doing it in 2D, and using ListPlot or ListLinePlot, the function Transpose can be used, or the data can be generated like this:

data2D = Table[{x, Sin[2*Pi*x*(1)]/x}, {x, .0001, 2, .1}];
ListPlot[data2D, ImageSize -> {600, 300} , GridLines -> Automatic, PlotMarkers -> {Automatic, 20}, Joined -> True, Frame -> True]

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How can I do this in 3D? I have tried a bunch of stuff, including:

data = Table[{t, Table[{x, Sin[2*Pi*x*t]/x}, {x, .0001, 2, .1}]}, {t, 1, 1.5, 0.5}]


data = Table[Table[{t, x, Sin[2*Pi*x*t]/x}, {x, .0001, 2, .1}], {t, 1, 1.5, 0.5}]

But these, among the many other attempts, don't seem to work. There are several similar examples on SE Mathematica, but I haven't found one that specifically addresses how to organize the data for a simple plot. The wolfram documentation also doesn't elaborate very well.

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    $\begingroup$ Have you seen DataRange? $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 6:26
  • $\begingroup$ @J.M. That's a new one for me, thanks. It makes the graph; with the correct axes. However, I still want to know how to organize the data properly. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 6:31

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You can provide the coordinates together with the data:

data = Table[{x, t, Sin[2*Pi*x*(t - 4)]/x}, {x, .0001, 2, .1}, {t, 5, 
    6, 0.1}];

ListPlot3D[Flatten[data, 1], 
 AxesLabel -> {"t, time", "x, distance", "h, height"}]


Here I had to apply Flatten to the table so that all triples {x, t, Sin[...]} are at the same level of the list data.

  • $\begingroup$ Arrgh, ok I see. Thanks a lot. So it is just a list of data points, as data= { {x1,y1,z1}, {x2,y2,z2}, {x3,y3,z3} }. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 6:40
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, and for that reason the output of Table alone wouldn't work without Flatten. $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 6:44

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