GraphMonkey - a simple, light-weight graph calculator and plotter
While doing Mathematics assignment in my second semester, I had to look up for a lot of graphs/curves of various functions. I always used gplot, which is no doubt the best tool when it comes to graphs. But usually before using it I had to take a quick look at the keywords in its help guide. Until I found GraphMonkey, I always wondered if there was an even simpler application, which hardly expects you to know anything other than the equation.
One of the best things about this application is its simplicity. The first time I ran it, I just knew how to operate it. This app. could prove to be a nice Educational software.
This GTK# based app. can be downloaded on Debian/Ubuntu based systems either by clicking this link or by running the following command in the terminal.
[shredder12]$ sudo apt-get install graphmonkey
Fedora doesn't seem to have it.
Once installed, you can find it in Applications->Education.
All it needs is the equation and will generate the graph, when you click trace. It also handles some simple calculus functions.
Because of its ability to automatically plot the derivative graphs, its called a graph calculator. You can also set scale and X & Y ranges.
Inspite of these benefits, it also has a few notable disadvantages.
- You can provide only explicit equations(y in terms of some function of x).
- It can't plot more than 3 functions in a graph, excluding the derivative functions.
Gplot is still the God, but this light-weight application could be a nice option for educational purposes.