# Scale the Axis in Tikz

I have the following problem:

\begin{center}
\begin{tikzpicture}[scale=0.5, >=latex]
\draw[->] (-6,0) -- (6,0) node[right] {\scriptsize $x$};
\draw[->] (0,-5) -- (0,15) node[above] {\scriptsize $y$};
\foreach \x in {-5,...,5} \draw (\x, 1pt) -- (\x,-3pt) node[anchor=north] {\tiny \x};
\foreach \y in {-4,-2,...,14} \draw (1pt,\y) -- (-3pt,\y) node[anchor=east] {\tiny \y};
\draw[color=black, thick, domain=-0.8:3.8, samples=100]   plot (\x,{-3*(\x)^2+9*(\x)+6}) node[right] {\tiny $f(x)$};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{center}


I want the y Axis to be smaller like the xAxis. How can I achieve this?

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– user31729
Commented Oct 6, 2014 at 20:49
• Try [scale=0.5, >=latex, y=.5cm]. Commented Oct 6, 2014 at 20:56

Leave it to pgfplots or use TikZ' datavisualization library;

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\pgfplotsset{compat=1.11}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{axis}[axis lines=middle,xlabel=$x$,ylabel=$y$,enlargelimits]
\addplot[domain=-1:4] {-3*x^2+9*x+6} node[left]{$f(x)$};
\end{axis}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


Substituting the lines 6-7 with:

\foreach \y [evaluate=\y as \sy using \y/2] in {-4,-2,...,14} \draw (1pt,\sy) -- (-3pt,\sy) node[anchor=east] {\tiny \y};
\draw[color=black, thick, domain=-0.8:3.8, samples=100]   plot (\x,{(-3*(\x)^2+9*(\x)+6)/2}) node[right] {\tiny $f(x)$};


should work as expected.