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What is the easiest way to quickly chart a function/equation in Calc?

asked 2013-02-27 07:41:01 +0100

updated 2014-01-08 00:29:48 +0100

oweng gravatar image

Hi there.

I would like to visualise as quickly as possible a function in a graph.

Say I have the equation

y = x*4+2

How can I visualise this function quickly in a xy graph without having to create a column of x values and an adjacent y column with the function in the cells and then plot the table?

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answered 2013-02-28 03:16:53 +0100

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There no easy way in Calc the way you want it. If you need to display a lot of different functions consider a separate program.

For windows XP there are MS Power Toys with a free and good graphic calculator.

Windows 7 has also from MS free Mathematics.

Don't know anything for Linux :(.

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@horst - Thanks for the hint with Power Toys.

ROSt52 ( 2013-02-28 10:50:29 +0100 )edit
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answered 2013-02-27 09:23:51 +0100

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Here is the solution. However I strongly recommend to read the Calc manual on topics like formulas and charting. Writing your question in AskLibO takes you more time than creating the data and the chart.

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Thank you for your answer. So the answer is "no", there is no easier way. I ask this question because I often have to see how a function looks like, and I was wishing Calc was able to graph them just from an equation in a cell. I guess I was overestimating it :)

UbuntuBrisbane ( 2013-02-28 14:30:20 +0100 )edit

@UbuntuBrisbane - Although I did not test it yet, the hint from @horst should be a solution for you.

ROSt52 ( 2013-02-28 16:12:45 +0100 )edit
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