Why does sage fail to plot this function?
IndexError: index out of bounds
There are two points to your question: 1)
cos(x+2)*cos(x)-cos(x+1)*cos(x+1)=-sin(1)^2 #i.e. a constant
(Actually one of the experts should kick in and tell us what to do to make sage simplify your expression to that. I am frequently having problems to force sage to simplify even the most trivial expressions. A tutorial on that would be nice...)
2) sage uses matplotlib to do the plotting of your expression. The automatic selection of a 'proper' y-axis extent of that can cause problems when the actual y-extent of your data is identically zero. So, do something like:
and you'll get: ... a nice straight line
In general, you need "*" to indicate multiplication: replace "cos(x+2) cos(x)" with "cos(x+2) * cos(x)", for example. In this particular example, there seems to be another issue, and it might be a bug. Try replacing "2" with "2.01" and it should plot okay.
Asked: 2011-10-16 04:47:57 -0500
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Last updated: Oct 16 '11