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### plot issue with a self-defined piecewise function

The following code produces an error:

def f(x):
if x>3:
return(x^2)
if x<=3:
return(3*x)

plot(f(x),(x,0,5))


BUT, the code below works.

def f(x):
if x>3:
return(x^2)
if x<=3:
return(3*x)

plot(lambda x: f(x),(x,0,5))


So, my questions are: (1) why do you need the lambda function? and (2) when do you have to do this?