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Matlab contour plot

  1. Jun 4, 2014 #1


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    hey pf!

    i am trying to plot a contour (topographic) graph the following ##f(x,y) = \frac{1}{x^2+y^2} e^{x-(x^2+y^2)^{.5}}## where ##f(x,y) = k## where ##k = .001## and doubles in size for about 8 iterations. my attempt is here:

    y=-3:0.25:3; z=.25:.25:1;
    surfc(X,Y,Z); xlabel('x'); ylabel('y'); zlabel('z')

    can someone please help me out?

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  3. Jun 5, 2014 #2


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    A solid first shot. I would probably use contour3 instead of surfc (unless you need the surface more than the contour lines). Also, you don't use k at all in your code even though you're trying to solve f(x,y) = k for several values of k.

    Try this out:
    Code (Text):

    k = 1e-3;
    hold on
    for n = 1:8
        k = k*2^(n-1);
        Z = 1./(X.^2+Y.^2).*exp(X-sqrt(X.^2+Y.^2))-k;
    You get a plot like the one attached. This might need more tweaking but should be closer to what you're looking for.

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  4. Jun 6, 2014 #3


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    Hey thanks!! I really appreciate it!
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