I have the following MWE

\draw[very thin, color=green, step=0.2cm](-2,-3) grid (7,11);
\draw[color=cyan](-2,-3) grid (7,11);
\draw[->,ultra thick] (-2,0)--(7,0) node[below]{$x$};
\draw[->,ultra thick] (0,-3)--(0,11) node[left]{$y$};
\foreach \x in {-1,0,...,6}
\draw (\x cm, 1pt)--(\x cm,-1pt) node[anchor=north] {$\x$};
\foreach \y in {-2,-1,...,10}
\draw (1pt, \y cm)--(-1pt, \y cm) node[anchor=east] {$\y$};
\draw[color=black, thick] plot (\x,\x^2-5*\x+4) node[]{$y=x^2-5x+4$};


The problem is that the first coordinate should have been (-1,10) but my code is plotting (-1,8). Other points appear to be okay. The function is y=x²-5x+4

Please, my requests are as follows:

  1. Help me correct this code so that the graph would pass through (-1,10) as it should, instead of (-1,8)
  2. I would be glad if the label (y=x²-5x+4) is sloped and along the curve instead of hanging on top.

Graph of y=x²-5x+4

  • 1
    Try \draw[color=black, thick] plot (\x,\x*\x-5*\x+4) instead \draw[color=black, thick] plot (\x,\x^2-5*\x+4) Oct 24, 2020 at 7:52
  • 1
    Or \draw[color=black, thick,smooth,samples=100] plot (\x,\x*\x-5*\x+4) node[]{$y=x^2-5x+4$}; Oct 24, 2020 at 8:01
  • Thank you so much. Oct 24, 2020 at 14:10
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    @ChikaOdiliobi, if you liked answer, you can upvote it or even accept :-)
    – Zarko
    Oct 24, 2020 at 14:14

2 Answers 2


Culprits of your problem is \x^2 in your function. Correct is (\x)^2.



arr/.style = {very thick, draw=gray, -{Straight Barb[length=1mm]}},
domain=-1:6, samples=70
\draw[very thin, color=green, step=0.2cm](-2,-3) grid (7,11);
\draw[color=cyan](-2,-3) grid (7,11);
\draw[arr] (-2,0) -- (7, 0) node[below]{$x$};
\draw[arr] (0,-3) -- (0,11) node[left]{$y$};
% tick labels
\foreach \x in {-1,0,...,6}
\draw (\x, 1pt) -- ++ (0,-1pt) node[below left] {$\x$};
\foreach \y in {-2,-1,...,10}
\draw (1pt, \y) -- ++ (-1pt, 0) node[below right] {$\y$};
% function
\draw[color=black, thick] plot (\x,{(\x)^2 - 5*\x+4}) 
    node[anchor=north east, rotate=80] {$y=x^2-5x+4$};


enter image description here

  • \usetikzlibrary{arrows.meta} need for Straight Barb[length=1mm].
    – M.Ahmadi
    Oct 24, 2020 at 10:34
  • @M.Ahmadi, you are right! This line was lost during updating of MWE ... :-(. Corrected now.
    – Zarko
    Oct 24, 2020 at 12:57
  • Thank you very much Oct 24, 2020 at 14:11
  • @Zarko the line node[xshift=1em, anchor=east, rotate=80] {$y=x^2-5x+4$}; could be improved by replacing the options with node[anchor=north east, below, sloped] {$y=x^2-5x+4$};, I think.
    – Alenanno
    Oct 24, 2020 at 14:33
  • @Alenanno, checked. You are right. Corrected. Thank you very much!
    – Zarko
    Oct 24, 2020 at 14:39

Here's an alternative solution with pgfplots, I haven't changed your plot command.


graphic plot image




            axis lines=middle,
            xlabel={\large $x$},
            ylabel={\large $y$},
            grid style={line width=.1pt, green},
            major grid style={line width=.2pt,cyan},
            minor tick num=4,
            tick style={draw=none},
            extra x ticks={-2,6,7},
            extra y ticks={-3,10,11},
            extra x tick labels={},
            extra y tick labels={},
            extra x tick style={grid=both},
            extra y tick style={grid=both},
        \addplot[thick,smooth, cyan!50!green] (\x,\x^2-5*\x+4) node[]{$y=x^2-5x+4$};
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    Thank you Sir. I'm grateful. Oct 24, 2020 at 14:13

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