The following figures show some of the things you can do with animation using
Mathcad’s different plot types (polar, X-Y, 3D scatter, vector field, parametric surface,
bar, and contour). Choose Resource Center from the Help menu and look for
“Animations” in the QuickSheets to see some more Note that since Mathcad’s plots autoscale by default, you’ll almost always have to
change the plot format to show the animation you want. For example, when animating
an X-Y plot or a polar plot you should enter values into the axis limit placeholders to
fix the extent of each axis and preserve the plot scaling throughout the course of the
animation. Similarly, when an animation involves a 3D plot, you should fix the axis
limits by double-clicking on the plot to bring up the 3D Plot Format dialog box,
unchecking Autoscale on the Axes page, and setting the axis limit on each axis in such
a way that all points generated in the course of the animation are within the axis limits.
In the examples in this chapter, Figure 27-1 has a maximum radius in the placeholder
for the radial axis limit; Figure 27 -7 and Figure 27-9 have autoscale turned off on all
axes and appropriate limits entered.