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Complex Function Plot Program
written by Wolfgang Christian
The Complex Function Plot program displays a user-defined complex function of position and time using representations that map phase into color.   The default complex function is a time-dependent complex Gaussian and the representation can be changed by selecting a radio button.  Additional parameters can be specified using the Display | Switch GUI menu item.  

Complex Function Plot is an Open Source Physics program written for the teaching of mathematical methods in the sciences.  It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive.  Double clicking the math_complex_function_plot.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.  Other mathematical methods programs are also available.  They can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics, OSP, or Math.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Mathematical Tools
- Complex Variables
Other Sciences
- Mathematics
Quantum Physics
- General
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
= Lecture/Presentation
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- Educators
- application/java
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© 2008 Wolfgang Christian
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OSP, Open Source Physics, complex functions, complex numbers, mathematical methods, mathematics, quantum mechanics
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created May 12, 2008 by Mario Belloni
Record Updated:
April 9, 2014 by Bruce Mason
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May 1, 2008
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Christian, W. (2008). Complex Function Plot Program (Version 1.0) [Computer software]. Retrieved April 17, 2024, from
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Christian, Wolfgang. "Complex Function Plot Program." Version 1.0. (accessed 17 April 2024).
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