Cubic Function Graph Plotter

 

This is a program that enables the user  to input the coefficients of a cubic function and draw its graph. The cubic function takes the form  f(x)=ax3+bx2+cx+d. We need to create the cubic function with some modifications and the coordinates in computer screen starts from top left, therefore instead of x we used a certain number to minus x. As we define the width of the graph as 10, so we used 5-x so that the graph starts plotting from the center. In VB, the cubic function takes the following form:

Private Function f(x As Variant)

     f = a * (5 - x) ^ 3 + b * (5 - x) ^ 2 + c * (5 - x) + d

End Function

To draw the graph, we use built-in function PSet.

In this program, you need to insert four text boxes for the user to enter the four coefficients, a picture box and two command buttons, one is to draw the graph and the other one to clear the inputs. Name the picture box as pic_graph, the draw button cmd_draw and the clear button as cmd_Clear.

 

The Code

Dim a, b, c, d As Integer
Dim x As Double

Private Function f(x As Variant)
' Need to make some transformation as the left coordinates in VB start from left
' our graph starts from center

f = a * (5 - x) ^ 3 + b * (5 - x) ^ 2 + c * (5 - x) + d

End Function

Private Sub cmd_Clear_Click()
pic_graph.Cls
txt_a.Text = ""
txt_b.Text = ""
txt_c.Text = ""
txt_d.Text = ""
End Sub

Private Sub cmd_draw_Click()
Dim y As Double
Dim w As Double

a = Val(txt_a.Text)
b = Val(txt_b.Text)
c = Val(txt_c.Text)
d = Val(txt_d.Text)
'Using a scale of 0.5 cm to represent i unit to draw the graph
' Need to make some transformation as the coordinates in VB start from top left
For w = 0 To 10 Step 0.0001
y = f(w)
pic_graph.PSet (w, 5 - y)

Next w

End Sub

 

 

 

 

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