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Graphics`ArgColors`

There are several ways to specify a complex number. The simplest is to give its real and imaginary parts. You can also use polar coordinates and specify the complex number by an angle, called the argument, and a length, called the absolute value or norm. Thus, the complex number is equal to Abs[

z]Exp[Arg[z]].
The functions ArgColor and ArgShade provided in this package are enhanced graphics directives. They allow you to specify the color or gray level of graphics elements using the argument of a complex number.


Colors and gray levels using the arguments of complex numbers.

  • This loads the package.
  • In[1]:= <<Graphics`ArgColors`

  • The values of this function are points on the unit circle.
  • In[2]:= un[k_] := Exp[2 Pi I k / 10]

  • For numbers near the negative axis, ArgShade

    gives a low gray level. The shade grows darker as you move clockwise around the circle.
  • In[3]:= Show[Graphics[Table[
    {ArgShade[un[j]],
    Disk[{Re[un[j]], Im[un[j]]}, 0.2]},
    {j, 10}], AspectRatio -> Automatic]]