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I want to plot a function x^3/(x^2-1) but it doesn't work.



    \draw[->] (-5,0) -- (5,0) node[right] {$x$}; 
    \draw[->] (0,-5) -- (0,5) node[above] {$y$};
    \draw [color=blue, thick] plot ({\x},{pow(\x,3)/(pow(\x,2)-1)});


It does something like this. It should be non-continuous function, not this.


How to fix it? Thanks.

marked as duplicate by dustin, Heiko Oberdiek, mafp, barbara beeton, Claudio Fiandrino Aug 27 '13 at 6:08

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  • The output of this are only axis and a caption. – goLK Aug 26 '13 at 21:19
  • I've added a little bit of information on how to add your own labels for ticks and such to my answer. If this doesn't help feel free to ask. – Philipp Aug 26 '13 at 23:15

If using pgfplots would be ok for you then you could avoid such problems. Instead of the standalone class you can, of course, use any other documentclass you like.

Edit: I pimped my example a little. If you want to label some points or add function definitions etc. to your plot you can do this like in any other tikzpicture: creating nodes and drawing works in the same way as usual. To make your life easy you can access the in-plot coordinates via axis cs:, so if you want to create a node at the in-plot point x=1 and y=0 you can use something like \node at (axis cs:1,0) {$x=1$};.



        restrict y to domain=-5:5,
        xmin = -5, xmax = 5,
        ymin = -5, ymax = 5,
        unbounded coords=jump,
        axis x line=middle,
        axis y line=middle,
        x label style={
          at={(axis cs:5.02,0)},
        every axis y label/.style={
          at={(axis cs:0,5.02)},
        legend style={
          at={(axis cs:-5.2,5)},
          anchor=west, font=\scriptsize

      \addplot[color=blue, mark=none, domain=-5:5] {x^3)/((x^2) - 1)};
      \addlegendentry[blue]{$f(x)=\frac{x^3}{x^2 - 1}$}
      \draw[dashed] ({axis cs:1,0}|-{rel axis cs:0,1}) -- ({axis cs:1,0}|-{rel axis cs:0,0});
      \draw[dashed] ({axis cs:-1,0}|-{rel axis cs:0,1}) -- ({axis cs:-1,0}|-{rel axis cs:0,0});
      \node[below right, font=\scriptsize] at (axis cs:1,0) {$x=1$};
      \node[below left, font=\scriptsize] at (axis cs:-1,0) {$x=-1$};

enter image description here


Here is a pure tikz solution. It's not very elegant but in case one doesn't want to use pgfplots it might be a good starting point.



   \begin{tikzpicture}[smooth, scale=0.5]
        \draw[->] (-10,0) -- (10,0) node[right] {$x$}; 
        \draw[->] (0,-\ymax) -- (0,\ymax) node[above] {$y$};
        \draw [color=blue, thick, domain=-10:-1.05, samples=200] plot ({\x},{pow(\x,3)/(pow(\x,2)-1)});
        \draw [color=blue, thick, domain=-0.96:0.96, samples=200] plot ({\x},{pow(\x,3)/(pow(\x,2)-1)});
        \draw [color=blue, thick, domain=1.05:10, samples=200] plot ({\x},{pow(\x,3)/(pow(\x,2)-1)});
        \draw [color=black, dashed] (-1, -\ymax) -- (-1, \ymax);
        \draw [color=black, dashed] (1, -\ymax) -- (1, \ymax);



enter image description here

  • Thanks for your reply but I use my documentclass and I also need similar looking graphs. – goLK Aug 26 '13 at 21:22
  • @goLK here is just using the standalone class to generate the image. The image wont be affected if you use the article class instead. You can always remove the x and y tick marks and add y and x if that is what you mean by similar looking. – dustin Aug 26 '13 at 21:27
  • @goLK I improved the look of my example a little. Is your problem with the documentclass solved by dustin's comment? – Philipp Aug 26 '13 at 21:49
  • Thanks but "! Package tikz Error: Unknown coordinate system 'ticklabel*'.". – goLK Aug 26 '13 at 21:55
  • @goLK Strange, for me it's compiling fine. Have you tried compiling just my example or does the problem arise in your real document? – Philipp Aug 26 '13 at 21:59

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