# Unexpected Behaviour at Plotting Floor with Plot [duplicate]

I wanted to plot a function involving Floor, here is my code:

epsilon = 0.1;
f[t_] = Floor[t/epsilon];
Plot[{f[t]}, {t, 0, 5}]


it gives me the following, which has smaller bars as t increases: I know that I can plot Floor with DiscretePlot, as suggested here, but I would like to understand, why Plot cannot handle it correctly. Thanks!

## marked as duplicate by Mr.Wizard♦Apr 15 '15 at 16:06

You need to specify more PlotPoints

epsilon = 0.1;
f[t_] = Floor[t/epsilon];

Plot[{f[t]}, {t, 0, 5},
PlotPoints -> 250,
ImageSize -> 500] epsilon = 0.5;
f[t_] = Floor[t/epsilon];

Plot[{f[t]}, {t, 0, 5},
ColorFunction -> "Rainbow",
PlotPoints -> 250,
PlotStyle -> Thickness[0.01],
PlotTheme -> "Detailed",
ImageSize -> 500] epsilon = 0.5;
f[t_] = Floor[t/epsilon];

Plot[{f[t]}, {t, 0, 5},
Filling -> Axis,
Frame -> True,
FrameTicks -> {{All, None}, {Range[0, 5, 0.5], None}},
GridLines -> {Range[0, 5, 0.5], Range[0, 10, 1]},
PlotPoints -> 250,
PlotStyle -> Thickness[0.001],
ImageSize -> 500] • thanks, that solves the problem. but do you have an intuitive understanding why mathematica decides to make the bars smaller? So, why does it work better for small t as for large t? – NicoDean Oct 5 '14 at 16:57
• @NicoDean I don't understand it either. With too few PlotPoints you just get unpredictable results. I don't even see a pattern "within" this unpredictability. – eldo Oct 5 '14 at 17:13
• The bar length is determined by where the adaptive sampling for Plot selects the plot points. This is affected by the initial sampling points set by the option PlotPoints. – Bob Hanlon Oct 5 '14 at 19:26