I have three functions as

For w=0.1   y=2 Cos[0.1 x]^2 + Sin[0.1 x]^4
For w=0.5   y=2 Cos[0.5 x]^4 + Sin[0.5 x]^2
For w=0.7   y=3 Cos[0.7 x]^2 + Sin[0.7 x]^4  

the desired case for me is to obtain a plot such as below one that for different w I can have y versus x. How can I do that? (I accidentally saw this plot and is not related to my variables. Its configuration just is important to me)

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here is an answer but my question is different because the real positions for ws is not important. just legends can describe plots.


3 Answers 3

func[.1, x_] := 2 Cos[0.1 x]^2 + Sin[0.1 x]^4;
func[.5, x_] := 2 Cos[0.5 x]^4 + Sin[0.5 x]^2;
func[.7, x_] := 3 Cos[0.7 x]^2 + Sin[0.7 x]^4;

ParametricPlot3D[{{x, .1, func[.1, x]},
  {x, .5, func[.5, x]},
  {x, .7, func[.7, x]}},
 {x, -2 π, 2 π},
 BoxRatios -> {1, 1, 1},
 FaceGrids -> {{-1, 0, 0}, {0, 1, 0}},
 ViewPoint -> {2, -2.5, .7},
 ViewVertical -> {.25, -.33, .9},
 AxesLabel -> {"x", "w", "y"},
 PlotLegends -> {"w=0.1", "w=0.5", "w=0.7"}]

Mathematica graphics

  • $\begingroup$ I am so glad that I can see your answer. If w positions be clear the figure will be better, for example it is not clear what plot is related to w=0.1 and so on (as legends). of course it is not important the exact value of w such as defined @ bill s. for example w=0.1 can be not definitely in w=0.1 $\endgroup$ Aug 26, 2016 at 13:45
  • $\begingroup$ You can add options to the ParametricPlot3D so as to label the axes, or other such things $\endgroup$
    – Jason B.
    Aug 26, 2016 at 13:47

Define a function y[x,w] of x and w and then Plot3D.

y[x_, 1/10] := 2 Cos[0.1 x]^2 + Sin[0.1 x]^4
y[x_, 5/10] := 2 Cos[0.5 x]^4 + Sin[0.5 x]^2
y[x_, 7/10] := 3 Cos[0.7 x]^2 + Sin[0.7 x]^4

Here's one way to plot:

ListPointPlot3D[Table[{w, x, y[x, w]}, {x, -10, 10, 0.01}, {w, 1/10, 8/10, 1/10}]]

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Personally, when dealing with functions depending on a parameter I prefer the notation f[param][vars].

f[w_][x_] := 2 Cos[w x]^2 + Sin[w x]^4

You can plot f vs y for a given value of the parameter w


Or you can see how changing the parameter alters the value of f for a given x

Plot[f[w][x0],{w, 0.1, 0.9}]

Or you can have the whole she-bang with a Plot3D

Plot3D[f[w][x], {x, -10, 10}, {w, 0.1, 0.8}]

If your parameter has only discrete values, then you can create table of functions and plotting them all in a 2D graph.

funs = Table[f[w][x], {w, 0.1, 0.7, .2}];
Plot[Evaluate[funs], {x, -10, 10}]

Or in a 3D graph using one of the approaches suggested in the other answers. But let me add this procedure, taken from Bahder's "Mathematica for Scientists and Engineers":

LinePlot3D[data_, opts___] := Show[Graphics3D[Line /@ data, opts]]

Its advantage is to be able to work on experimental data. To use functions like the one defined above, you need a simple line to generate the points

data = Table[{x, w, f[w][x]}, {w, 0.1, 0.7, 0.2}, {x, -10, 10, .1}];

and then you can plot the curves

LinePlot3D[data, BoxRatios -> {1, 1, 1}]

Done. (EDIT: I just realized that ListPointPlot3D does what Table and LinePlot3D do, but in a single command - it wasn't there on version 2!)

  • $\begingroup$ I so much like this type of solution $\endgroup$ Aug 26, 2016 at 18:49

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