MATLAB^{®} provides many techniques for plotting numerical
data. Graphical capabilities of MATLAB include plotting tools,
standard plotting functions, graphic manipulation and data exploration
tools, and tools for printing and exporting graphics to standard formats. Symbolic Math Toolbox™ expands
these graphical capabilities and lets you plot symbolic functions
using:

`ezplot`

to create 2-D plots of symbolic expressions, equations, or functions in Cartesian coordinates.`ezplot3`

to create 3-D parametric plots. To create animated plots, use the`animate`

option.`ezpolar`

that creates plots in polar coordinates.`ezsurf`

to create surface plots. The`ezsurfc`

plotting function creates combined surface and contour plots.`ezcontour`

to create contour plots. The`ezcontourf`

function creates filled contour plots.`ezmesh`

to create mesh plots. The`ezmeshc`

function creates combined mesh and contour plots.

For example, plot the symbolic expression `sin(6x)`

in
Cartesian coordinates. By default, `ezplot`

uses
the range –2*π* < *x* < 2*π* :

```
syms x
ezplot(sin(6*x))
```

`ezplot`

also can plot symbolic equations that
contain two variables. To define an equation, use `==`

.
For example, plot this trigonometric equation:

syms x y ezplot(sin(x) + sin(y) == sin(x*y))

When plotting a symbolic expression, equation, or function, `ezplot`

uses
the default 60-by-60 grid (mesh setting). The plotting function does
not adapt the mesh setting around steep parts of a function plot or
around singularities. (These parts are typically less smooth than
the rest of a function plot.) Also, `ezplot`

does
not let you change the mesh setting.

To plot a symbolic expression or function in polar coordinates *r* (radius)
and *θ* (polar angle), use the `ezpolar`

plotting
function. By default, `ezpolar`

plots a symbolic
expression or function over the domain 0 < *θ* < 2*π* .
For example, plot the expression `sin(6t)`

in polar
coordinates:

```
syms t
ezpolar(sin(6*t))
```

When plotting a symbolic expression, you also can use the plotting
functions provided by MATLAB. For example, plot the symbolic
expression e^{x/2} sin(10*x*).
First, use `matlabFunction`

to
convert the symbolic expression to a MATLAB function. The result
is a function handle `h`

that points to the resulting MATLAB function:

syms x h = matlabFunction(exp(x/2)*sin(10*x));

Now, plot the resulting MATLAB function by using one of
the standard plotting functions that accept function handles as arguments.
For example, use the `fplot`

function:

fplot(h, [0 10]) hold on title('exp(x/2)*sin(10*x)') hold off

An alternative approach is to replace symbolic variables in
an expression with numeric values by using the `subs`

function.
For example, in the following expressions *u* and *v*,
substitute the symbolic variables *x* and *y* with
the numeric values defined by `meshgrid`

:

syms x y u = sin(x^2 + y^2); v = cos(x*y); [X, Y] = meshgrid(-1:.1:1,-1:.1:1); U = subs(u, [x y], {X,Y}); V = subs(v, [x y], {X,Y});

Now, you can use standard MATLAB plotting functions to
plot the expressions *U* and *V*.
For example, create the plot of a vector field defined by the functions *U*(*X*, *Y*) and *V*(*X*, *Y*):

quiver(X, Y, U, V)

To plot several symbolic functions in one graph, add them to
the graph sequentially. To be able to add a new function plot to the
graph that already contains a function plot, use the ```
hold
on
```

command. This command retains the first function plot
in the graph. Without this command, the system replaces the existing
plot with the new one. Now, add new plots. Each new plot appears on
top of the existing plots. While you use the `hold on`

command,
you also can change the elements of the graph (such as colors, line
styles, line widths, titles) or add new elements. When you finish
adding new function plots to a graph and modifying the graph elements,
enter the `hold off`

command:

syms x y ezplot(exp(x)*sin(20*x) - y, [0, 3, -20, 20]) hold on p1 = ezplot(exp(x) - y, [0, 3, -20, 20]); p1.Color = 'red'; p1.LineStyle = '--'; p1.LineWidth = 2; p2 = ezplot(-exp(x) - y, [0, 3, -20, 20]); p2.Color = 'red'; p2.LineStyle = '--'; p2.LineWidth = 2; title('exp(x)sin(20x)') hold off

To display several function plots in one figure without overlapping,
divide a figure window into several rectangular panes (tiles). Then,
you can display each function plot in its own pane. For example, you
can assign different values to symbolic parameters of a function,
and plot the function for each value of a parameter. Collecting such
plots in one figure can help you compare the plots. To display multiple
plots in the same window, use the `subplot`

command:

subplot(m,n,p)

This command partitions the figure window into an `m`

-by-`n`

matrix
of small subplots and selects the subplot `p`

for
the current plot. MATLAB numbers the subplots along the first
row of the figure window, then the second row, and so on. For example,
plot the expression `sin(x^2 + y^2)/a`

for the following
four values of the symbolic parameter `a`

:

syms x y z = x^2 + y^2; subplot(2, 2, 1) ezsurf(sin(z/100)) subplot(2, 2, 2) ezsurf(sin(z/50)) subplot(2, 2, 3) ezsurf(sin(z/20)) subplot(2, 2, 4) ezsurf(sin(z/10))

The combined graphical capabilities of MATLAB and the Symbolic Math Toolbox software
let you plot numeric data and symbolic functions in one graph. Suppose,
you have two discrete data sets, *x* and *y*.
Use the `scatter`

plotting function to plot these
data sets as a collection of points with coordinates (*x1*, *y1*),
(*x2*, *y2*), ..., (*x3*, *y3*):

x = 0:pi/10:4*pi; y = sin(x) + (-1).^randi(10, 1, 41).*rand(1, 41)./2; scatter(x, y)

Now, suppose you want to plot the sine function on top of the
scatter plot in the same graph. First, use the `hold on`

command
to retain the current plot in the figure. (Without this command, the
symbolic plot that you are about to create replaces the numeric data
plot.) Then, use `ezplot`

to plot the sine function.
To change the color or any other property of the plot, create the
handle for the `ezplot`

function call, and then use
the `set`

function:

hold on syms t ezplot(sin(t), [0 4*pi]) hold off

MATLAB provides the plotting functions that simplify the
process of generating spheres, cylinders, ellipsoids, and so on. The Symbolic Math Toolbox software
lets you create a symbolic function plot in the same graph with these
volumes. For example, use the following commands to generate the spiral
function plot wrapped around the top hemisphere. The `animate`

option
switches the `ezplot3`

function to animation mode.
The red dot on the resulting graph moves along the spiral:

syms t x = (1-t)*sin(100*t); y = (1-t)*cos(100*t); z = sqrt(1 - x^2 - y^2); ezplot3(x, y, z, [0 1], 'animate') title('Symbolic Parametric Plot')

Add the sphere with radius 1 and the center at (0, 0, 0) to
this graph. The `sphere`

function generates the required
sphere, and the `mesh`

function creates a mesh plot
for that sphere. Combining the plots clearly shows that the symbolic
parametric function plot is wrapped around the top hemisphere:

hold on [X,Y,Z] = sphere; mesh(X, Y, Z) colormap(gray) title('Symbolic Parametric Plot and a Sphere') hold off

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