# Mathematica Version 3 to Version 7 Conversion Notes

This page is misc personal notes of learning new features of Mathematica since version 3 in 1996.

## HiddenSurface

As of Version 6.0,

`HiddenSurface->False`

has been superseded by the setting

`PlotStyle->FaceForm[]`

## GraphicsArray → GraphicsRow, GraphicsGrid

`GraphicsArray`

is replaced by `GraphicsRow`

and `GraphicsGrid`

## ImplicitPlot → ContourPlot

`<< Graphics`ImplicitPlot`;`

is obsolete. Use ContourPlot instead.

<< Graphics`ImplicitPlot`; ImplicitPlot[{(x^2 + y^2)^2 == x^2 - y^2, (x^2 + y^2)^2 == 2 x y}, {x, -2, 2}, PlotStyle -> {GrayLevel[0], Dashing[{.03}]}]

ContourPlot[{(x^2 + y^2)^2 == x^2 - y^2, (x^2 + y^2)^2 == 2 x y}, {x, -1, 1}, {y, -1, 1}, ContourStyle -> {GrayLevel[0], Dashing[{.03}]}]

## FilterOptions → FilterRules

## Random → RandomReal, RandomInteger

v6.0, Random has been superseded by the functions RandomReal and RandomInteger.

## v6.0, StyleForm has been superseded by Style.

## default input, now StandardForm instead of InputForm

By default the input cell now uses StandardForm instead of InputForm. (if i recall correctly)

## Order of symbols in $Context

Order of symbols in`$Context`

seems to have changed.
That is, when loading a package, the exported symbols now override your global ones (goes first in `$Context`

).
Before, when you call a function in a package such as `ParaPlot`

, but you forgot to load the package.
M gives a error.
Then, you load the package, but that won't work, because `ParaPlot`

is in the `Global``

context and that has precedence than the one in `Graph`ParaPlot`

.

This used to be a big problem. Now, this seems fixed. Haven't thought about logical consequences yet.

## Graphics Display Behavior

The semicolon now surpresses the side-effect of displaying graphics. Any
`Graphics[…]`

object (For example, `Graphics[Line[{{0, 0}, {1, 1}}]]`

) is auto displayed as if with a `Show[Graphics[…]]`

but
the textual output is still surpressed.

The plot function's option the DisplayFunction's default value $DisplayFunction seems changed to Identity. Before, if set to Identity it will not display the graphics. Now, the display of graphics seems dependent on whether there's a semi-colon at the end of the whole expression.

the new logic seems to be,
the old behavior consider displaying
`Graphics`

as side-effect, like `Print`

.

now, the displaying graphics of
`Graphics`

and
`Graphics3D`

objects are considered part of input.
therefore, semicolon suppress them.

any output of the form `Graphics[…]`

will be displayed visually. To surpress it, simply put a semi-colon.

Graphics output inside of Do, For, and While loops is suppressed unless Print is used.

## Plotting Functions

When plotting multiple curves with ParametricPlot, the curves automatically gets colored differently. example

ParametricPlot[{{x, x^2}, {x, x^3}, {x, x^4}}, {x, -1.2, 1.2}]

You don't have to use set PlotStyle yourself now, for example, `PlotStyle -> {Hue[0], Hue[.65], Hue[.34, 1, .7]}`

`ParametricPlot`

now uses `Automatic`

as the default value for `AspectRatio`

.

## New Functions

### geometric transformation functions

a bunch affine or otherwise transformation functions, that either work on graphics directly, or return the matrix formula, or a function that represent such operation. (v6) Nice!

Other new functions.

- ConstantArray (v5)
- SparseArray (v5)
- Tuples (v5.1)
- Riffle (v6)
- Subsets (v5.1)
- RandomChoice (v6)

- Dynamic (v6)
- Slider (v6)
- DynamicModule (v6)
- Animate (v6)
- Animator (v6)
- Manipulate (v6)

- Row (v6)

- Cone (7)

## Is there a hotkey to switch windows?

Yes. `Ctrl`+`F6` also with `Shift`.
This is not documented in v7.

## Unanswered Questions

## Vector Length, Unit Vector

- Vector Length is now builtin (2003, v5),
`Norm`

Norm - Get unit vector is now builtin (2007, v6),
`Normalize`

Normalize

These are very nice. Without them, you have to define them like these:

(* for vector of any dimension *) vectorLength=Function[Sqrt@(Plus@@(#^2))] unitVector = ((With[{len = vectorLength@# }, If[ len < 0.00000001, #, #/len] ]) &)

code from 1998.

modify builtin plot functions to avoid drawing incorrect asymptotes.

Plot::usage = " Plot[f, {x, xmin, xmax}] generates a plot of f as a function of x from xmin to xmax. Plot[f, {x, xmin, x1, x2,..., xmax}] avoids plotting asymptotes at singularities x1, x2,... Plot[{f1, f2, ...}, {x, xmin, xmax}] plots several functions fi."; Unprotect[Plot] Plot[ f_, {x_, a_, lims__, b_}, opts___] := Module[{dfun, tmp, d}, dfun = DisplayFunction /. {opts} /. Options[Plot]; d = (Abs[a]+Abs[b]) $MachineEpsilon 10; tmp = Partition[{a,lims, b}, 2, 1]; tmp = Map[ (# +{d,-d}) &, tmp]; tmp = Map[ Plot[ f, Evaluate@ Prepend[#,x], DisplayFunction->Identity, opts ]&, tmp ]; Show[ tmp, DisplayFunction->dfun] ] Protect[Plot]

ParametricPlot::usage = " ParametricPlot[{fx, fy}, {t, tmin, tmax}] produces a parametric plot with x and y coordinates fx and fy generated as a function of t. ParametricPlot[{fx, fy}, {t, tmin, t1, t2,..., tmax}] avoids plotting asymptotes at singularities t1, t2... ParametricPlot[{{fx, fy}, {gx, gy}, ...}, {t, tmin, tmax}] plots several parametric curves."; Unprotect[ParametricPlot] ParametricPlot[ f_, {x_, a_, lims__, b_}, opts___] := Module[{dfun, tmp, d}, dfun = DisplayFunction /. {opts} /. Options[Plot]; d = (Abs[a]+Abs[b]) $MachineEpsilon 10; tmp = Partition[{a,lims, b}, 2, 1]; tmp = Map[ (#+{d,-d}) &, tmp]; tmp = Map[ ParametricPlot[ f, Evaluate@ Prepend[#,x], DisplayFunction->Identity, opts ]&, tmp ]; Show[ tmp, DisplayFunction->dfun] ] Protect[ParametricPlot]