How can we plot the following three functions

  • f(x) = sin(x)
  • k(x) = cos(x)
  • u(x) = x²

for x ∈ [0,1]

on a single plot with the help of TikZ?


2 Answers 2


In pgfplots, you can implement the task with


    \begin{axis}[domain=0:1,legend pos=outer north east]
    \addplot {sin(deg(x))}; 
    \addplot {cos(deg(x))}; 
    \addplot {x^2};

Since the options are provided for the complete axis, the domain is shared among all these functions. The TikZ function deg(x) converts x from radians to degrees (similar to the postfix operator x r which does not appear to work in pgfplots).

The \legend describes the legend's values and the legend pos option is one of the prescribed ways to configure the legend.

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You could also use \addplot[color=red] to configure color/marker and what-ever styles as discussed by Tobi.

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    Thanks for your addition! I was too lazy to give a full solution, but only because Mozo was too lazy to read the manual first himself …
    – Tobi
    Commented Apr 20, 2011 at 21:43

This is the example which can be fount in the pgfmanual.pdf on p. 225


    \draw[very thin,color=gray] (-0.1,-1.1) grid (3.9,3.9);
    \draw[->] (-0.2,0) -- (4.2,0) node[right] {$x$};
    \draw[->] (0,-1.2) -- (0,4.2) node[above] {$f(x)$};
    \draw[color=red]    plot (\x,\x)    node[right] {$f(x) =x$};
    \draw[color=blue]   plot (\x,{sin(\x r)})   node[right] {$f(x) = \sin x$};
    \draw[color=orange] plot (\x,{0.05*exp(\x)}) node[right]
        {$f(x) = \frac{1}{20} \mathrm e^x$};

Think you can adapt it for your functions?!

There ist also a way with pgfplots. See the above mentioned manual for more information.

  • Hi, what does r do in sin(\x r)?
    – The Imp
    Commented Oct 15, 2022 at 6:07
  • 2
    @The Imp r stands for radian (instead of degree) Commented Oct 16, 2022 at 13:49

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