This is documentation for Mathematica 6, which was
based on an earlier version of the Wolfram Language.

# Plot3D

 Plot3D[f, {x, xmin, xmax}, {y, ymin, ymax}]generates a three-dimensional plot of f as a function of x and y. Plot3D[{f1, f2, ...}, {x, xmin, xmax}, {y, ymin, ymax}]plots several functions.
• Holes are left at any positions where the fi evaluate to None, or anything other than real numbers.
• Plot3D treats the variables x and y as local, effectively using Block.
• Plot3D has attribute HoldAll, and evaluates f only after assigning specific numerical values to x and y.
• In some cases it may be more efficient to use Evaluate to evaluate f symbolically before specific numerical values are assigned to x and y.
• Plot3D has the same options as Graphics3D, with the following additions and changes:
 Axes True whether to draw axes BoundaryStyle Automatic how to draw boundary lines for surfaces BoxRatios {1,1,0.4} bounding 3D box ratios ClippingStyle Automatic how to draw clipped parts of surfaces ColorFunction Automatic how to determine the color of surfaces ColorFunctionScaling True whether to scale arguments to ColorFunction EvaluationMonitor None expression to evaluate at every function evaluation Exclusions Automatic x, y curves to exclude ExclusionsStyle None what to draw at excluded curves Filling None filling under each surface FillingStyle Opacity[0.5] style to use for filling MaxRecursion Automatic the maximum number of recursive subdivisions allowed Mesh Automatic how many mesh lines in each direction to draw MeshFunctions {#1&,#2&} how to determine the placement of mesh lines MeshShading None how to shade regions between mesh lines MeshStyle Automatic the style for mesh lines Method Automatic the method to use for refining surfaces NormalsFunction Automatic how to determine effective surface normals PerformanceGoal \$PerformanceGoal aspects of performance to try to optimize PlotPoints Automatic the initial number of sample points in each direction PlotRange {Full,Full,Automatic} the range of z or other values to include PlotStyle Automatic graphics directives for the style for each surface RegionFunction (True&) how to determine whether a point should be included WorkingPrecision MachinePrecision the precision used in internal computations
• Plot3D[Tooltip[{f1, f2, ...}], ...] specifies that the fi should be displayed as tooltip labels for the corresponding surfaces.
• Tooltip[f, label] specifies an explicit tooltip label for a surface.
• draws no surface, so effectively does not eliminate hidden surfaces.
• Plot3D initially evaluates each function at a grid of equally spaced sample points specified by PlotPoints. Then it uses an adaptive algorithm to choose additional sample points, subdividing at most MaxRecursion times.
• You should realize that with the finite number of sample points used, it is possible for Plot3D to miss features in your functions. To check your results, you should try increasing the settings for PlotPoints and MaxRecursion.
• With the setting Mesh->All, Plot3D draws mesh lines to show all subdivisions it makes.
• The default setting MeshFunctions->{{#1&, #2&}} draws an x, y mesh on each surface.
• With the default settings and , Plot3D breaks surfaces at discontinuity curves it detects. joins across discontinuities.
• By default, surfaces are treated as uniform white diffuse reflectors, corresponding to ColorFunction->(White&).
Plot a function:
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Plot several functions:
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Restrict the domain:
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Plot functions with branch cuts:
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 Options   (79)
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