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How can one plot a Maxwell Distribution function in LaTeX? I want to make a similar graph like in this attached image file so that I can work on adding some more information on it with my document. Thanks.
I suggest to use either pgf/tikZ or pst-plot (based on pstricks). You know the mathematical function for this distribution so that it should be no big deal to plot it and add annotations.
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I don't know the mathematical function for this distribution unfortunately. But can those packages plot ANY function? and will they plot every value or discrete values for equations with one variable?
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Explain "any" in this context. With the packages I suggested in my earlier reply you can plot smooth functions with at least one variable. With the pgfplots package that Torbjorn suggested you can also plot three-dimensional functions. The same applies to pst-3dplot. For more information about the capabilities of those packages please consult their manuals. Feel free to ask further questions along with a presentation of a serious approach you did on your own. LaTeX Community Moderator
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By 'any' I mean complicated math expressions as well as simple functions and parametric curves too.
Some of the environments in ps-3dplot don't work when I insert the codes into TeXworks. But it works in TeXnicCenter. I would like to make it work in TeXworks thx
All applicable packages have been mentioned. Refer to their manuals to learn more about their capabilities.
Due to its built-in PDF viewer TeXworks only supports compiler engines that directly produce PDF output. But PSTricks does not work with e. g. PDFLaTeX directly [1]. So either include the auto-pst-pdf package or set the »pdf« option for the pstricks package. See the manual for details. You could also run XeLaTeX directly on PSTricks code. [1] /PSTricks/pdf/pdfoutput LaTeX Community Moderator
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So using XeTeX I can run pstricks and Tikz visually like Texworks? Btw.. how can I install XeTeX?
Xe(La)TeX is part of your TeX distribution.
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The maxwell distribution function for kinetic energy vs. number of molecules is this right ? http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hb ... pe.html#c1 Under the category of "Velocity Distribution in One Dimension" ???
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