Thursday, October 12, 2017

Adventures in Python: Plotting Sine and Cosine, The numpy Module

Adventures in Python:  Plotting Sine and Cosine, The numpy Module

This program will require that you have both numpy and matplotlib.  If you are working with Pythonista for the iOS, the two modules are included.  Other versions of Python require that you download matplotlib and numpy separately. 


1. The module numpy works with functions with lists as arguments.  There is a math function associated with numpy.  See the section on numpy functions below.

2.  It is helpful to set up all the graphing parameters before showing the graph with

3. Color strings are six digit hexadecimal integers with the format ‘#RRGGBB’ (R = red, G = green, B = blue)

4.  To turn the plot grid on, use pyplot.legend().  To turn on the legend on use pyplot.legend().  Labels are defined in pyplot.plot


# this will require matplotlib
# download if needed

# radians mode is the default
import matplotlib
from matplotlib import pyplot

# will need numpy to generate lists
import numpy

# we will need math module for pi
import math

# generate lists
x = numpy.linspace(-2*math.pi, 2*math.pi, 50)
# sin and cos are included in numpy
y1 = numpy.sin(x)
y2 = numpy.cos(x)
y3 = numpy.sin(x)+numpy.cos(x)
# alt for y3: numpy.add(y1,y2)

# the plot begins
pyplot.plot(x,y1,color = '#228b22', label = 'sin x')
pyplot.plot(x,y2,color = '#ffa500', label = 'cos x')
pyplot.plot(x,y3,color = '#919811', label = 'sin x + cos x')

# turn grid on
# labels
pyplot.title('Trig Plots 007')
# turn legend box on
# show the plot


Some Numpy Functions

numpy.add(list 1, list 2)    Adds two lists, element by element.

numpy.subtract(list 1, list 2)   Subtracts list 2 from list 1, element by element.

numpy.mutiply(list 1, list 2)   Multiplies two lists, element by element.

numpy.divide(list 1, list 2)    Divides list 1 by list 2, element by element.

numpy.power(list 1, list 2)    Calculates list 1**list 2.

numpy.maximum(list 1, list 2)  Takes the maximum of each respective pair.

numpy.minimum(list 1, list 2)   Takes the minimum of each respective pair.

numpy.round(list, number of decimal places)  Round each element.

Other element by element operations: (one list arguments – Radians is the default angle measure)

numpy.cbrt (cube root)
numpy.radians (convert to radians)
numpy.degrees (covert to degrees)
numpy.log (ln)
numpy.log10 (log)
numpy.i0 (Bessel first kind, order 0)

Until next time,


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