Basically, I want to move a graphic (such as a circle) along a given path (such as sin(x)). I was thinking that the trick might be making the x and y coordinates of the circle vary based on the equation, but I have not been able to make anything except a circle that just sits there.

  • $\begingroup$ Have a good look at the help for Manipulate and Circle and Graphics. Also, the demonstrations site is bound to yield some relevant code... $\endgroup$ – Yves Klett Jan 3 '13 at 12:31
  • $\begingroup$ In addition, it is always a good idea to post the code you´ve tried already so we get an idea how to best help you out. $\endgroup$ – Yves Klett Jan 3 '13 at 12:38
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you! I'll make sure to post my erroneous code in the future. And I'll definitely be spending time on that demonstrations site, it's awesome. $\endgroup$ – kneu93 Jan 3 '13 at 12:41
  • $\begingroup$ You could (and should) still add your code to the question - this will help future visitors to make more quickly sense of this thread and see how PlotRange can help them in similar situations. $\endgroup$ – Yves Klett Jan 3 '13 at 13:39
  • $\begingroup$ The techniques discussed in this previous question would seem to be relevant to this question. $\endgroup$ – m_goldberg Jan 3 '13 at 14:25

You need to specify the PlotRange:

f[x_] := Sin[x];

Manipulate[Graphics[{Circle[{x, f[x]}, 0.5]}, PlotRange -> {{0, 5}, {-2, 2}}], {x, 0, 5}]
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, the missing PlotRange was exactly my issue. Thanks so much for the speedy response! $\endgroup$ – kneu93 Jan 3 '13 at 12:44
  • $\begingroup$ I'm new too, and that was exactly the problem I had! $\endgroup$ – nickjamesuk Jan 3 '13 at 12:45

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