Unformatted text preview: >> p=[1 0 2 8];
>> x=[2 1 0 1 2];
>> y=polyval(p,x)
y=
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8 Polynomial % or try x=2:2; 5 4 The % is Matlab’s comment delimiter. Anything appearing after the % sign is ignored by Matlab
when executing a command. In this case, we provide this comment as an alternative command.
You should try the commented command in place of the original and see what happens. Plotting in Matlab
Plotting is done with Matlab’s plot command. Enter the following command at the Matlab
prompt and read the resulting help ﬁle.
>> help plot
The help ﬁle is rather extensive so we will not reproduce it here. For purposes of this activity, if
x and y are vectors of equal length, then the command plot(x,y) plots the elements of vector
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Interpolating >> x=[1 0 2 3 5];
>> y=[2 2 3 0 4];
>> plot(x,y) Polynomial 4
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−1 0 1 2 3 4 5 Figure 1 The data points are connected by line segements.
The idea behind Matlab’s plotting routine is simple. When you execute the command plot(x,y),
Matlab ﬁrst plots all possible points (x, y), taking an x coordinate from the vector x and a y coordinate from the vector y. In this case, Matlab plots the points (−1, 2), (0, −2), (2, 3), (3, 0),
and (5, 4).
By default, Matlab connects consecutive data points with line segments. Of course, Matlab’s
plot command oﬀers a number of alternatives to override this default style. You might want to next page
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exit type help plot again, only this time pay particular attention to the wide variety of linestyles,
markers, and color combinations that are available for your plot.
There are a number of predeﬁned markers that you can use for your data points in a Matlab
plot. Markers are especially valuable when you...
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