MouseMatics: Mouse Operations in Our Graphing Software

Our graphing calculator and our other graphers, utilizing the most sophisticated Cartesian and polar coordinate systems, allow you to use your mouse to perform unique operations, as outlined below.

How to Rotate Axes

Our graphing software is the world's only calculator that allows for axis rotation. By rotating an axis, you can visualize the graph of a given function, parametric curve, equation, or point set in an oblique (non-perpendicular) coordinate system. Axis rotation can be achieved either by entering data or using your mouse.

Entering data

Click on the icon at the top right of the canvas, and then enter the angles by which you want to rotate an axis and press the Rotate button. The axis will rotate and the graphs will be redrawn to reflect the rotation.

Using your mouse

To rotate an axis, hold down the Alt key and click on or near the axis. This will select the axis, and its color will change to red. Move the mouse. The selected axis will rotate accordingly, and the graphs are redrawn to reflect the rotation of the axis. Click again with the Alt key pressed, to release the axis.

To restore the coordinate system to its normal state press the Reset button (if hidden, press the icon).

How to Change Scales

To change the scale (zoom in one direction), hold down the ctrl key and click on an axis. The point that was clicked will be labelled "1" if clicked on the positive side, or "-1" if clicked on the negative side of the axis; it becomes the new unit for that axis.

How to Translate the Coordinate system

You can move the coordinate system in one of the following ways: