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B Graphing an equation by hand

  1. Apr 17, 2017 #1
    I would like to sketch the graph of equation a*b^0.3=constant for a and b are positive real numbers. How do I start?

    Which one should be as y-axis, and which one be x-axis. This only affects the shape of the graph. The confusing part for me is that should I use b itself or b^03 as an axis?

    Thank you.
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  3. Apr 17, 2017 #2
    I put b in the horizontal axis and give it values 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and calculated b^0.3 values. I choose constant=100 and then dividing 100/b^0.3 values I calculate a values. The graph is a curve with negative slope, nonlinear shape but it is like it behaves almost linear between b=20 and b=35 values.

    Thank you.
  4. Apr 17, 2017 #3


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    Here's the graph ##ab^{0.3}=a \cdot (b^{0.3})=100## for control:
    It's a hyperbola. The constants ##100## and ##0.3## are only a matter of scaling.
  5. Apr 17, 2017 #4
    What is the name/category of this kind of web service? An online calculator?

    Thank you
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  6. Apr 17, 2017 #5


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    I don't know, how it is named and by whom. Wolframalpha is a well-known company that provides solutions for simple equations. More detailed solutions and graphics have to be paid by a membership, but for a quick and dirty look-up, they are a good source. Here's another page with similar properties: https://www.desmos.com/calculator
  7. Apr 17, 2017 #6
    Are there CAD versions and multiphysics versions of such programs?

    Thank you.
  8. Apr 17, 2017 #7


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    I don't know. Perhaps you could search for them on Google. "free CAD software" of "physics simulations" could be a start.
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  10. Apr 18, 2017 #9


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    In experimental work where you might be needing to determine the actual values for the exponent and the constant from your graph it is often useful to use log axes .

    Simple example :

    The function y = k . xn then it can be rewritten as log y = log k + n . log x

    Plotted on log axes the graph curve now becomes a straight line with n and k being given by the slope and intercept .
  11. Apr 18, 2017 #10
    Is this a linearization process? This is very confusing for me because shape of the original and converted one is different so what is same?

    Thank you.
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