chart function of two variables

hemsleysut

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I'll like to graph a function of two variables eg. f(x,y)=2x^2-y^2-y. I suspect I will need the surface chart but can some one tell me how to generate the chart and what to enter on the worksheet. Thanking you in advance.
 

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ThePencilQueen

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ok this is a little bit complicated but doable (well I just did it for your example and it looks very pretty).

First you need to list some regularly spaced (ie 1,2,3 or 5,10,15 or 100,200,300) x values along row 1 (starting in cell b1).
Then list some y values (again regularly spaced...preferably the same values as you used for x) down column A (starting in cell A2).
Next write your formula in cell B2...for your example I used:
=(2*(B$1^2))-($A2^2)-$A2
The dollar signs mean that the formula will always use the value in row 1 or column a.
Autofill the formula (hover the mouse over the bottom right hand corner of B2 until you see a + sign, click and drag) along the whole of row 2, untill you get to the end of your x values, then autofill down until you reach the end of your y values.

Once this is done simply select the cells containing the formula and do a surface chart.

The surface chart uses the cell position to determine the data points x,y co-ordinates and the value in the cell is plotted along the z axis.

I hope this makes some sense.
 
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