I want to do some plots using TikZ, however the following code doesn't work:


      \draw[->] (-3,0) -- (2.2,0) node[right] {$x$}; %
      \draw[->] (0,-0.5) -- (0,3.2) node[above] {$y$};%
      \draw plot (\x,{\x^2});%

Any idea what's wrong?

How to plot functions like x \mapsto a^x (a > 0)?

Edit: Thanks for the patch, however ploting 2^x doesn't work, I get the following picture using Jakes answer:

enter image description here

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    Could you please change the image to not include a large white space on top? Also please describe your issue more precise. "Doesn't work" is not very descriptive. – Martin Scharrer May 19 '11 at 19:11
  • possible duplicate of How can I work around this TikZ bug? – Jake May 19 '11 at 19:19
  • Could you add the code you used to generate the image? – Jake May 19 '11 at 19:47
  • @Jake: I copied exactly your code from below. – student May 19 '11 at 20:23

As Martin Scharrer pointed out, this is a bug that Hendrik Vogt has provided a patch for in his answer to the question How can I work around this TikZ bug: (\x)^2 and \x^2 produce different results in TikZ plot?

On a side note: tikz loads pgf automatically, so you don't need to load it explicitly.




      \draw[->] (-2.2,0) -- (2.2,0) node[right] {$x$}; %
      \draw[->] (0,-0.5) -- (0,3.2) node[above] {$y$};%
      \draw [domain=-2:2,orange] plot (\x,\x^2);
      \draw [domain=-2:2,blue] plot (\x,2^\x);%

tikz plot

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    Is this that PGF bug for v2.1 (or was it v2.x)? – Martin Scharrer May 19 '11 at 19:10
  • @Martin: Indeed, you're right. Thanks for pointing that out. So this should be closed as a duplicate? – Jake May 19 '11 at 19:18
  • Thanks, however plotting 2^\x seems not to work – student May 19 '11 at 19:29
  • @user4011: It does for me, see the edited answer. Maybe you'se using an old version of TikZ? – Jake May 19 '11 at 19:37
  • @Jake: How to find out the tikz version? See my edit above – student May 19 '11 at 19:46

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