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*y = f(x) *in linear and logarithmic

coordinate systems

In a coordinate system with linear abscissa scaling and logarithmic ordinate scaling exponential functions appear as straight lines whose gradient is independent of a multiplicative factor.

Potency functions appear as straight lines in a twofold logarithmic coordinate system, with a slope, that indicates the grade of power. Twofold logarithmic coordinate systems emphasize the characteristics at small values of the abscissa by graphical spreading.

Log−linear graphs can only show positive values of the ordinate. Twofold logarithmic graphs are limited to positive values both of ordinate and abscissa. For some of the predefined functions an additive constant avoids cutoffs of negative ordinate values.

In the default setting three windows of different coordinate scaling
show an exponential growth function with two free parameters *a* =*
1 *and *b = 1*. *a *and *b *can be varied by sliders.
In the linear−linear scheme *y = 1* is shown as a red line,
and the two coordinate axes are shown as blue lines. The exact value of *b*
appears in an editable number field, in which *b* is not limited to
the range of the slider. Do not forget *ENTER *after a manual
change!

The **ComboBox** allows selection of a predefined function, whose
formula appears in the editable formula field. There you also can input
any other function with up to two parameters *a* and *b*.

Power functions whose power grade is not an integer will result in
imaginary values for negative *x *values. Only the branch for real *x*
values can be shown. Integers are not easily defined with the slider.
Instead, use the number field *b* to define integer power grades
(as *2, 5, 25...*)

**E 1:** In the default setting compare the three schemes for the
exponential growth function. Derive the reason for the visual
appearances from the formula.

**E 2:** Change parameters *a* and *b *and observe
the changes of the curves.. What happens at *x = 0*? Reflect the
observation as result of the formula.

**E 3: ** Repeat the experiments for exponential damping.

**E 4: ** Choose the power function. Vary *b* and study the
result in the twofold logarithmic scheme. Compare with the formula.

**E 5: ** If you choose *b* with the slider, you probably
see just the positive branch in the linear−linear scheme of the potency.
Why? Input positive and negative integers into the *b* text field
and study which branches are now shown. Do not hesitate to also choose
really high values for *b*.

**E 6:** Study the appearance of the different periodic functions.

**E 7: ** Input your own formulas.** **Use proper factors to
stay within the coordinate limits.

**E 8: **Try to formulate polynomials with several roots in the
coordinate range. For some choose even, for others uneven maximum power.

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with best with | Chrome | Chrome | Chrome | Chrome |

support full-screen? | Yes. Chrome/Opera No. Firefox/ Samsung Internet | Not yet | Yes | Yes |

cannot work on | some mobile browser that don't understand JavaScript such as..... | cannot work on Internet Explorer 9 and below |

### Credits

Dieter Roess - WEH- Foundation; Fremont Teng; Loo Kang Wee

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## Function in Linear and Logarithmic Coordinate Systems JavaScript Simulation Applet HTML5

### Instructions

#### Function Box

#### Editing the Functions

#### Toggling Full Screen

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