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Maple Resource Center

Welcome to the SUNY Empire Maple Resource Center. The purpose of this guide is to help you learn how to use Maple for your course work. The Maplesoft website and the Maple Portal installed with your Maple software on your computer contain much

Plotting Examples

Image of an example of Plotting in Maple

Plotting in Maple can be quite easy, particularly using the interactive tools for mathematical expressions.  While there are many different types of plots to go with the many fields of mathematics used in science, and engineering, it is best to start with the easy stuff.

The novice Maple user is best served by starting with the interactive plotting capabilities that exist in the context menu.  Click this link for an example:  plot using the context menu

Once a plot is created, there is an easy context menu for modifying your plots.  This next example shows the context menu list and how to add a title to an existing plot.  Click this link for an example:  modifying the plot

A very useful option in the plot context menu is the ability to rescale the plot axes.  Maple will make its best estimate of the range to use for the x-axis and y-axis (and z-axis if 3D), as well as tick-mark placements.  Sometimes the user may wish to display a different range.  This next example shows plotting 2 equations on 1 plot and the process of rescaling the axes.  Click this link for an example:  rescaling the axes 

How-to Example:  Multiple expressions plotted together

How-to Example:  Using Plot Builder to graph multiple expressions

How-to Example:  pointplot


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Example of Plot Using the Context Menu

Select the expression and Right-click. The Context Menu presents appropriate options for item selected, in this case, a polynomial expression in one variable. For example: After you enter the expression, you realize you want to reuse it, so Assign to a Name You may wish to Factor the expression, Differentiate, or Integrate it. Not all the menu options are as useful as others - it depends on what problem you are trying to solve or understand. Some of the more useful options are Solve and Plots. Plots is highlighted in the accompanying image, along with resulting plot.

Example of Modifying the Plot

Image of modifying the plot

Example of Rescaling the Axes

Image of rescaling the axes example

Example of Multiple Expressions Plotted Together

Image of Multiple Expressionf Plotted Together

Example of Using Plot Builder to Graph Multiple Expressions

Image of an example using plot builder to graph multiple expressions