# parametricplot's option Plotstyle doesn't work if applied to set of curves

I am trying to plot a set of concentric green dashed circles and a green ray.

I was able to produce the desired result using ContourPlot

  b = Range[4, 10, 2];

Animate[Show[
ContourPlot[{x^2 + y^2 == b^2, y = a x}, {x, -10, 10}, {y, -10, 10},
Axes -> True,
ContourStyle -> {Directive[Lighter[Green], Dashed], Darker[Green]},
PerformanceGoal -> "Quality"],
ParametricPlot[{a Cos[\[Theta]], a Sin[\[Theta]]}, {a, 0, 10},
PlotStyle -> Darker@Green]], {\[Theta], 0, 2 \[Pi], 0.01}]


but then I read on the wolfram guide that I should use ParametricPlot to plot the curves so I tried using it but no matter what i do PlotStyle does not change the color of the circles

b = Range[4, 10, 2]
{4, 6, 8, 10}
ParametricPlot[{{# Cos[\[Theta]], # Sin[\[Theta]]} & /@ b, {f Cos,
f Sin}}, {\[Theta], 0, 2 \[Pi]}, {f, 0, 10}, PlotStyle -> Green,
Axes -> False]


mathematica keeps plotting them blue

what can i do to fix this behavior?

• You don't really need ParametricPlot[] for this simple case: Graphics[{Green, Circle[{0, 0}, #] & /@ Range[4, 10, 2], Line[{{0, 0}, {10, 0}}]}] – J. M. will be back soon Jan 15 '17 at 19:11
• yes you are right but i had never used parametricplot before so i thought to explore this function – Alucard Jan 16 '17 at 8:36

The blue (and gold) you see is the boundary of the (empty) areas plotted. (They are indeed areas, i.e., composed of polygons, because you have two parameters θ and f.) So to color the boundary of the areas, too, use BoundaryStyle -> Green.

ParametricPlot[
{{# Cos[θ], # Sin[θ]} & /@ b, {f Cos, f Sin}},
{θ, 0, 2 π}, {f, 0, 10}, PlotStyle -> Green,
Axes -> False] ParametricPlot[
{{# Cos[θ], # Sin[θ]} & /@ b, {f Cos, f Sin}},
{θ, 0, 2 π}, {f, 0, 10}, PlotStyle -> Green,
BoundaryStyle -> Green, Axes -> False] But maybe you want something more like this:

Show[
ParametricPlot[
{# Cos[θ], # Sin[θ]} & /@ b,
{θ, 0, 2 π}, PlotStyle -> Green, Axes -> False],
ParametricPlot[
{f Cos, f Sin},
{f, 0, 10}, PlotStyle -> Green]
] I'm not sure why the frame disappears, but if you want it, add the option Frame -> True to either the first plot or to Show[].

Or if you just want this specific figure, you could do it the way @J.M. suggests in a comment above.

• every once in a while (usually when i don't want to study theory) i make simple gifs with mathematica. it helps me to remember the syntax and the commands. With the figure posted above and a dark background i made a simple animation of a radar, i would like to add the glowing green effect but i think i need to learn more before being able to do this kind of stuff – Alucard Jan 16 '17 at 8:50
• The glowing effect is not easy. See mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/20855/… for instance. – Michael E2 Jan 16 '17 at 11:07