# How to plot multiple equations / solutions on same graph?

I've been working with physics and I want to plot the potential such that I can have multiple lines that represent multiple potentials. The equation is: where V(r) is the potential, and I want to plot many lines so I can see the turning points of the graph. I'm pretty new to Mathematica, so I'm quite clueless. I tried using DSolve by differentiating V(r) and asking it to solve, and ContourPlot (though I suppose I'd have to turn it into a vector field first, which I don't know how and that was a bit of a random thing I tried). I also tried the normal Plot. I got blank graphs. Is it because I have undefined constants that are treated as variables, like l, M, ε? I'd really appreciate some help on what code I should use / what to do to have it plot out multiple lines for V(r) that represent the many possible solutions.

• There are many plotting functions in Mathematica, so it depends what you're looking for. I recommend going through the documentation, finding a plot that looks like what you want, and playing around with the "Basic Examples" to understand how they work. Yes, some constants will probably have to be defined. If I have $y = a x^2$, then it cannot be plotted in 2 "dimensions" (colour or other visual cues often act as a "3rd" dimension). However, specific a values are easy: Plot[{1 x^2, 2 x^2, 3 x^2}, {x, 0, 5}]. Higher-Dl plots can have more unknowns. What should the axes be here? Just V vs r? Feb 11 at 4:35

You need give some number for your constants, I think that mathematica don´t plot with undefined constants. In this example I did $$M=l=\epsilon=1$$

Plot[{1/(2 r^2), -(1/r^3), -(1/r) + 1/2}, {r, 0, 10}, PlotLegends -> "Expressions"] Or you can put

M = 1; \[Epsilon] = 1; l = 1
Plot[{l^2/(2 r^2), -((M*l^2)/r^3), -((M*\[Epsilon])/r) + \[Epsilon]/2}, {r,0,10}, PlotLegends -> "Expressions"]


And put the values of the constants that you want in the equalities of the first line 