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Plot Series of 3D Direction Vectors (Not All from Origen)

asked 2012-07-22 07:52:05 -0500

Justin1 gravatar image

updated 2012-07-22 09:30:45 -0500

calc314 gravatar image

Hi,

I'm trying to plot a series of vectors. I've pasted what I have below. The problem is that I want to plot the second vector, starting from the end of the first vector. If I run the commands below, I get two vectors plotted as I want (with arrows) but they are both from the origin.

I tried looking at MATPLOTLIB to see what to do but I got stuck.

Is there an easy way to plot a series of vectors in the way that I want?

a=vector([1,1,1])
b=vector([2,2,3])
aPlot=plot(a, legend_label='Vector a')
bPlot=plot(b, legend_label='Vector b')
AllPlot=aPlot+bPlot
AllPlot.show()
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answered 2012-07-22 08:21:21 -0500

achrzesz gravatar image
sage: a1=arrow((0,0,0), (1,1,1))
sage: a2=arrow((1,1,1), (2,2,3))
sage: a3=arrow((2,2,3), (3,3,1))
sage: a1+a2+a3
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Thanks very much!

Justin1 gravatar imageJustin1 ( 2012-07-22 08:53:12 -0500 )edit

The point being of course that a vector "always" starts at the origin, though some books would disagree.

kcrisman gravatar imagekcrisman ( 2012-07-23 03:55:21 -0500 )edit
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answered 2012-07-23 22:33:14 -0500

Jason Grout gravatar image

You can use the start keyword to give a starting point or vector:

a=vector([1,1,1])
b=vector([-1,2,3])
plot(a)+plot(b, start=a)
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