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Nice scientific pictures show off

Task Show off your best scientific illustration ! The main purpose of this question is to share beautiful scientific pictures, preferably with an educational aspect. Content Your post must ...
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Dimensioning of a technical drawing in TikZ

Is there is an easy way to mark dimensions in a technical drawing with TikZ? Is there a library or something? Edit I am using XeLaTeX. Update I chose Martin's answer because it serves me well ...
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Draw mechanical springs in TikZ

Currently I am using the following path style to draw springs in TikZ \tikzstyle{spring}=[thick,decorate,decoration={zigzag,pre length=0.1cm,post length=0.1cm,segment length=6}] for example ...
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How do we Draw a Bird in LaTeX

Yes, it's that time of the month again. It's time for somebody to ask how we can draw X in LaTeX. This time I'm asking the question and X is a bird. The reason why I'm interested in this question is ...
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Why draw diagrams using LaTeX when there are open source tools like OpenOffice?

I was looking at recent questions here and was surprized that people were drawing diagrams in LaTeX, when it can be done in SmartDraw, OpenOffice or other programs. Is there any benefit to using LaTeX ...
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How to draw arrows between parts of an equation to show the Math Distributive Property (Multiplication)?

there is a part of my paper where I use the distributive property and it's not that clear for the reader to see (I'm using in proposional logic for a proof). The logic equation (part of) is: (l_{1}) ...
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How to draw a layered architecture using Latex?

I have a layered architecture to be drawn in a paper. The architecture looks similar to the one below. How to draw something like this? What I have so far: ...
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Drawing Sphere to represent a black hole

Can anybody tell me how to draw up a sphere inside a sphere? What I mean is something like this: Also where it says the different horizons be able to insert a mathematical expression? Also not in ...
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Can I visualize the Bezier control points of a letter … in TeX?

Without knowing anything about fonts, I innocently read an article on Postscript/Truetype Bezier curves. The first picture in the article shows the letter Q, and it's Bezier control points. I'd like ...
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Fill the area determined by two pgfplots graphs

I need to fill the region determined by two (Gaussian) curves and the right red line (the region is brushed in green in the figure below). I also wonder what is the best way to draw vertical line ...
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Draw dimension of a line as a decoration in TikZ

Is it possible to define in TikZ a new decoration or something like that, such that it is possible to write something like: \draw[dim={text,above}] (A) -- (B); \draw[dim={text,below}] (C) -- (D); ...
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How to draw a coordinate system with LaTeX?

I want to draw a coordinate system like this: I would like to specify the width and height of the coordinate system and where the origin begins (upper left corner). I also want to specify the x and ...
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Draw a closed liquid-droped shaped curve with TikZ

I am trying to draw a closed liquid-droped shaped curve using TikZ, but I don't know how. I tried to draw it using coordinates but I don't think that this is the solution. I am using ...
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How to draw the following box using TikZ?

How to draw the following boxes using TikZ? EDIT (22.09.)
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Draw incline in 3D with TikZ

I need to draw an incline in 3D (triangle in 3D), I have tried to modify this example but it ends up looking wrong. Can anyone suggest how to get started with this or provide an example that's closer ...
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How to draw a 3D hexagonal structure with TikZ?

What is the best way in TikZ to draw a hexagonal stucture in 3D? For example, graphite crystals, honeycombs or stable racks made of hexagonal aligned stiffeners. I already found this nice solution: ...
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Best Drawing software for engineering/scientific illustrations with LaTeX?

I will be writing my Master's thesis in Aeronautical Engineering and was wondering about the following: I will have lots of illustrations such as parts of aircraft, mechanical components, ...
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Drawing relationships between elements of a database

I am looking into a feasible way of drawing relationships between Elements from a database. An example: Element x is related to Element Y via the Role "sister". Relationships exist in the form 1:1, ...
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Draw in cylindrical and spherical coordinates

I can try to draw this in TikZ: I managed to draw the coordinate axis. The first image is in cylindrical coordinates and the second in spherical coordinates. I don't know draw in spherical ...
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Drawing a multiscale network in Tikz

I am learning TikZ in this period, but I have some problems drawing some networks for my thesis. I am trying to draw a network in TikZ which should look similar to the one in this picture: I have ...
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tikz Join line segments of different thickness with miter

Reading "tikz Multi-segment Line of Varying Thickness" provides a good explanation to join segments, but it seems that the rounded corner transition is the only way to do this nicely? I would like to ...
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Drawing picture from math's test

In Finnish matriculation examination there were the following problem. How can one draw those pictures using LaTeX? A square ABCD is in coordinate system such that AB is on the x-axis and A=(0,0), ...
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How to draw a 3d curved manifold in tikz

I'm trying to draw something like this: How would I go about it in tikZ? For example, how do I draw the curved gray manifold?
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How to create geometry tolerance symbols with TikZ?

I am a beginner in LaTeX, trying to use it for an industrial metrology test report, where I need to use geometry tolerances. I have tentatively made a first one with TikZ, but this is hard coded and ...
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How to draw orthogonal vectors using TikZ

I have the problem, that I want to draw a vector that is decomposed into two orthogonal parts. A short example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \begin{document} ...
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Curved waved lines with TikZ

I'm trying to write a code for Feynman diagrams with TikZ (I know it is a common subject in the forum). I found very useful posts. However, I would like to draw a curved waved line ...
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Draw an aircraft with Tikz

I want to draw a plane using the Tikz tool. You will find, attached, a screenshot.
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Draw small cross at the center of the page

I want to draw a small cross at the horizontal and vertical center of my page. (at this position I want to glue in a CD). Should I create an image with a cross and center it or draw it directly with ...
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Drawing cylinder with PSTricks

I am trying to draw a simple cylinder with PSTricks, similar to what is attached. Is there a smart way to do this, or do I just have to manually draw each line? If there is no other way, then it is ...
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Multi-Line/Wave Generator Package for LaTeX?

I'm looking at my professors slides now: http://www.math.ucla.edu/~virtanen/40a.1.14s/schedule/lec1.pdf The first slides always have these intricate wave lines. If you Google search for "wave ...
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How to draw a joining line between two picture tikz-pgf

I'am having draw two tree using the tikz-pgf package \begin{frame} \begin{columns}[c] \begin{column}{2cm} \begin{tikzpicture}[scale=0.5] \tikzstyle{level 1}=[sibling distance=10mm] ...
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How to illustrate a drawing with text and two decorations

How can I create a drawing like this: The stuff in red are only explications (with "middle" I meant middle of the drawing representing the spiral) and should not be drawn. Tikz would be best, since ...
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Canvas transformation of grid to curvilinear grid

I would like to draw a curvilinear grid/mesh like this (sorry for freehand drawing) I thought the easiest (and most elegant) solution would be to apply a canvas transformation to a regular grid in ...
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drawing a plane and orthonormal system using tikz

I want to draw the following image and i face problems especially in the plane on the left : \documentclass[tikz]{standalone} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw[thick,->] (52,0) -- ...
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3D arc in Asymptote

I constructed the technical figure embedded below. I wonder how to draw red arc to denote angle $\alpha$ between two blue vectors. (Actually, I add the desired output using Inkscape.) The Asymptote ...
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Drawing randomly ragged lines in technical drawings

I am having issues getting started on drawing a randomly ragged line, with finite variation, between two endpoints. The random function which uses variable rnd I think can be used, for instance, ...
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Drawing vertical hierarchical n-ary tree in tikz

I am trying to draw a simple vertical tree to represent a hierarchical partition of a graph in communities. I have written some code to draw it in tikz, but I am not very satisfied of the result. My ...
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Structural analysis best package

Which is the best package to draw up structural analysis problems. I need beam or truss, constraints, displacements, springs, loads, thermal actions and so on. Something like this picture: ...
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what is a quick generic way to draw graphs (in the graph theory sense)?

I am looking for a very simple way to write a command for drawing (undirected or direct) graphs in Latex. I am aware of tikz, but it is an overkill for what I want, especially since I want the .tex ...
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Different radii of rounded corners in same draw command in TikZ

Is it possible to use different rounded corners radii on different parts of a draw command? I'm creating a tube that is bent. I'd like the outer radius to be greater than the inner radius. I can of ...
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There is a more compact way for drawing this quarter-car model?

I have written this code: \documentclass[tikz,border=10pt]{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \pagestyle{empty} \begin{tikzpicture} % Sprung mass \shade[top color=gray, bottom ...
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Arbitrary Ragged Curves for Phase Diagram in TikZ

How can one draw a good looking curved random line extending along a diagonal connecting two arbitrary nodes in TikZ? (Also, how do I add arrowheads like I would usually do, or do I have to create ...
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Drawing a political spectrum

What would be the best way of drawing a political spectrum diagram like this one:
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blocks attached to each other

For my thesis, I often need to write blocks attached to each other. More explicitely, I want to have blocks as in page 13 of http://eprint.iacr.org/2006/392.pdf. EDIT: @morbusg. Is it possible to ...
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How can I draw a vertical line in a table cell?

I hope the explanation will be clear: I have a table with 4 rows, and one of the columns there is a value that is identical in all rows. I want instead of copying it 4 times for each row, just put it ...
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How can I draw a DAG? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Typesetting a directed, weighted graph with TikZ I would like to draw a DAG - Directed acyclic graph. How can I do this?
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How to show break in lines in tikz?

Im not sure what the term used for what I want so I will explain it. I want a double long drawn "S" to show that the line in my figure is actually longer than is shown- implying that there is a ...
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how to draw a cut through a graph in latex

I want to draw a cut through the graph, like a line passing through the edges from the source to gamma, source to alpha and source to omega. I am doing that to demonstrate a minimum cut in a network ...
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drawing figure to scale

I have a technical drawing of a mechanical setup which I would like to draw in either TikZ or PSTricks. My experience with these two packages is very limited. A "MWE" of the drawing is shown in the ...
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When to use TikZ styles?

I planned to illustrate how a quadtree data structure I'm using is implemented, showing all internal pointers and arrays. The image will look something like this: (Here, if a pointer points at the ...