1.151 FAQ-779 How to create a 2D nested function plot?

Last Update: 8/25/2015

In Origin, we can plot 2D nested functions as below by using matrix objects. $f(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y})=\sigma(u(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y}),\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y})$ Example In this tutorial we will a 2D function $f(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y})$ and make a contour plot from it. $\left\{\begin{matrix} f(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y})=\sqrt{u}+x+y\\ u(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y})=x^2+y^2 \end{matrix}\right.$ while $\mathbf{x}=\mathbf{y}=[0,0.1,0.2,0.3...,10]$ Steps: Click the New Matrix button to create a new matrix. To set the dimensions, select Matrix: Set Dimension/Labels from Origin menu menu, and set values as the image below, then click OK to apply: Then we are going to set values for the active matrix object to make it be $u(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y})=x^2+y^2$ Select Matrix: Set Values from Origin menu. You can set values for Mat(1) in the opened dialog x^2+y^2 Now add an extra matrix object to act as $f(\mathbf{x},\mathbf{y})=\sqrt{u}+x+y$, which will call Mat(1) in calculation. Click the D button, in the upper-left corner of matrix and choose Add from the context menu Click the D button, again and choose 2 to active the 2nd matrix object. While the 2nd matrix object is active, set values for Mat(2) using formula below: sqrt(Mat(1))+x+y Finally, we can plot a contour graph from the Mat(2), which will be similar to this one: Keywords: Contour, Matrix