Assignment 2 Charting Expressions (Graphing Calculator)


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CPSC 231 Assignment 2

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1. Cite all sources of code that you hand-in that are not your original work. You can put the citation
into comments in your program. For example, if you find and use code found on a web site, include
a comment that says, for example:
# the following code is from
Use the complete URL so that the marker can check the source.
2. Citing sources avoids accusations of plagiarism and penalties for academic misconduct. However,
you may still get a low grade if you submit code that is not primarily developed by yourself.
3. Discuss and share ideas with other programmers as much as you like, but make sure that when you
write your code that it is your own. A good rule of thumb is to wait 20 minutes after talking with
somebody before writing your code. If you exchange code with another student, write code while
discussing it with a fellow student, or copy code from another person’s console, then this code is not
4. We look for plagiarism in all code submissions, possibly using automated software designed for the
task. For example, see Measures of Software Similarity (MOSS –
Remember, if you are having trouble with an assignment, it is always better to go to your TA and/or
instructor to get help, than it is to plagiarize.
Late Penalty:
Late assignments will not be accepted.
Submission Instructions:
Your program must be submitted electronically. Use the Assignment 2 dropbox in D2L for the
electronic submission. You can submit multiple times over the top of a previous submission. Don’t wait
until the last minute to attempt to submit. You are responsible if you attempt this and time runs out.
Charting Expressions (Graphing Calculator)
You will be creating a small graphical Python 3 program. This program will use the turtle library to draw
based on information taken from the user. You should already have all the experience you need with
this library from Assignment 1.
The assignment requires an additional understanding of converting between Cartesian coordinate
systems, using loops, and completing functions as outlined by someone else. You will be provided with a
starter code that already implements the basic interaction with the user (something you learned in the
previous assignment). This code consists of a completed main function, which sets up the window using
a setup function. Neither of these functions should be changed.
The main function makes use of several incomplete functions. Your assignment is to complete these
functions so that the main function can use them to draw what the user requests. All your code should
be written within the incomplete functions. You are allowed to create constants and new functions as
long as they are not redundant to existing ones. There should be no global variables in your code
(except if you are doing the bonus). There is a bonus that involves identify local minima/maxima and
labelling them described at the end of the assignment.
Your program will be drawing in an 800-pixel by 600-pixel window with (0,0) as the bottom left corner
and (800,600) as the top right corner. The starter code has a setup() function, which setups up the
window and returns the turtle drawing object pointer so you can use it. This pointer is passed into the
existing starter code functions for you to use. The included starter code already prompts the user for the
pixel coordinates for where the chart origin should be placed in the window. The code then prompts the
user for a ratio of how many pixels are 1 step of the chart. For example, an origin of (????, ????) =
(400,300) should be the centre of the screen. If the ratio of pixels per single step is 100 pixels per step.
Then a position one step up from the origin point to (??, ??) = (0,1) in the charting coordinate system is
(???? + ?????????? ∗ ??, ???? + ?????????? ∗ ??) = (400 + 100 ∗ 0,300 + 100 ∗ 1)
= (400,300 + 100) = (400,400).
Below is an image of 3 curves drawn for a chart with an origin at 400,300 and a ratio of 30.
The existing starter code uses the included (but incomplete) functions to draw the x and y axes in black,
and then loops to get expressions from the user. The colour used to draw an expression is determined
based on the number of previously drawn expressions. So, you must track this number using a counter
Your task is to complete the included functions, so they function in the way that the comments and
assignment description require. You will likely find the visual examples of operation included in the
assignment description helpful. I recommend approaching the functions in stages:
Part 1: screenCoor:
First, complete the coordinate conversion function screenCoor. This function uses the parameters that
the main function obtains from the user, along with an (x,y) coordinate to perform the conversion. It
returns this coordinate as a pixel screen coordinate following the math described above in the example.
Use this function in your code any time you want to plot a chart location. You will lose marks if you
duplicate the code functionality of this function somewhere else instead of calling it.
Part 2: getColor:
Second, complete the colour-determination function getColor. This function takes the counter tracked
in the expression input loop and returns one of three different colours: red, green, or blue. You should
find the remainder operator (also called modulus) helpful here because it allows you to change an
infinitely increasing integer sequence into a range of integers.
Part 3: drawXAxis, drawYAxis
Third, complete the two functions that draw the x and y axes. These two functions are structurally
similar, so complete one of them first then you can easily complete the other function.
If you choose the x-axis, initially you can ignore updating the return values for xmin and xmax. You
should be able to add these in later once you have the drawing working. When first drawing your axes,
you can ignore the tick marks and labels. These can also be added in once you have the lines drawn
My advice is to use two loops. Start at the chart origin (0,0) and use a loop to move 1 chart step away.
Convert this point from a chart location into a screen location. Draw a line from the previous point to
the current point. Once you draw to a location outside the screen, then stop looping. Go back to the
origin and draw in the other direction.
Once you can draw this line step by step, you should notice that you are stopping at each label/tick
location. Make a call to the associated label/tick draw function included in the assignment. Then fill in
the code of this function to draw the tick/labels.
Once you complete the drawing part of the drawXAxis function, you will want to ensure the xmin and
xmax hold the correct values when the function completes. These two values start at 0,0 for the chart
origin location. You should update these values any time you draw at a chart x-location when drawing
the axis. If the x-location is less than xmin update it, if it is greater than xmax then update it. You can use
the min(),max() functions to do this, or simply use conditional statements if you desire.
Part 4: drawExpr
Finally, you will draw the actual expression that the user inputted. Python can evaluate a string using its
eval function. For example, the following 3-line program is a simple calculator:
expression = input(“Enter an arithmetic expression: “)
result = eval(expression)
print(“The result of that expression is”, result)
Python is also able to evaluate expressions which include a single variable x. The implementation of this
function can be surprising at first. When the eval function is called, it uses whatever value is stored in
the variable called x to evaluate the given expression.
As a result, your program will need to include a variable named x, which represents the x coordinate in
the Cartesian coordinate system. The value of x will change in a loop. Call eval inside of the loop so that
you can compute the value of y for many different x values. For example, the following program
evaluates an expression that includes the variable x for each integer value of x from 0 up to and
including 5:
expr = input(“Enter an arithmetic expression: “)
for x in range(0, 6):
y = eval(expr)
print(“When x is”, x, “the value of the expression is”, y)
You can use a similar technique to compute the y position of the curve for many different values of x.
Those x and y values are what you need to draw the curve.
You cannot complete this function correctly unless the previous functions are operational. Use the xmin
and xmax that were determined in your previous function to loop through x-coordinates of the curve.
You will need to pick a delta that makes the curve smooth. A delta of 0.1 or 0.2 should provide sufficient
smoothness. Since you will be stepping through floating-point numbers, you will need to use a while
loop instead of a for loop.
Additional Specifications:
Ensure that your program meets all the following requirements:
• You should have the class, your name, your tutorial, your student id, the date, and description at
the top of your code file in comments. Marks are given for these.
• The code file should be CPSC231A2< (ex. Mine would be
• Import the necessary libraries
• Use constants appropriately. Your TA may note one or two magic numbers as a comment, but
more will result in lost marks.
• Use descriptive variable names. Using the same variable names that appear in mathematical
equations is OK.
• Draw your axes black, alternate your colours for curves through red, green, and blue.
• Use in-line comments to indicate blocks of code and describe decisions or complex expressions.
• Do not put any code outside the functions given. You can add functions, but none should
duplicate functionality described in a current function. For example, don’t create functions to
draw the labels/tick marks as two already exist.
• Break and continue commands are generally considered bad form. As a result, you are NOT
allowed to use them in this assignment. In general, their use can be avoided by using a
combination of if statements and writing better conditions on your while loops.
• You do not need to perform any error checking in your program. You may assume that the user
always enters a valid expression or a blank line indicating that they want to quit. A valid
expression contains x, operators, numeric constants and standard mathematical functions.
Looking for an A+? Improve the program so that it marks every local minimum in orange and every local
maximum in purple. Use a small circle to do this. Create a function that draws a circle for you around a
given point. Make sure that your program does not mark inflection points, such as (0, 0) when graphing
y = x ** 3 (and other functions that include one or more inflection points). Also, print the largest local
minimum (global maximum) and lowest local minimum (global minimum) to the shell window for each
expression entered (ignore infinite values). At the same time track the largest global maximum and
global minimum across all expression entered. To track these values across expressions, please use
global variables. These two variables should be the only global variables in your program. Print the
updated values tracked for each of these after each expression is entered.
The following image shows the result of plotting three curves (w/ bonus). User input is shown in bold.
Enter pixel coordinates of origin: 400,300
Enter ratio of pixels per step: 30
Enter an arithmetic expression: x**2
Enter an arithmetic expression: sin(x)
Enter an arithmetic expression: 0.01*x**3+5*sin(x)
Enter an arithmetic expression: <Enter

Part one of the assignment will be graded out of 12, with the grade based on the program’s level of
functionality and conformance to the specifications. To get more than an F, your code must not have
syntax errors. Code with runtime errors that occur during proper usage of the program, every time it
runs, will not get better than a C grade. Runtime errors are your program crashing.
Your TA will begin by grading your code with a general functionality grade starting point and subtract
marks when smaller specifications are unfilled.
The total mark achieved for the assignment will be translated into a letter grade using following table:
Mark Letter Grade Starting Point Guidelines (not a final grading scheme!)
13 A+ Appears to fulfill assignment and bonus spec
12 A Appears to fulfill assignment spec
11 A10 B+
9 B Code draws axes and is partially able to draw curves
8 B7 C+
6 C Code draws axes but can’t draw curves
5 C4 D+
3 D Code has only getColor/screenCoor completed
0-2 F Syntax errors or barely started code
Example Output for Bonus:
Enter pixel coordinates of origin: 400,300
Enter ratio of pixels per step: 30
Enter an arithmetic expression: x**2
No expression global maximum
Expression global minimum (-0.00000, 0.00000)
No expression global maximum
Global minimum for all expressions (-0.00000, 0.00000)
Enter an arithmetic expression: sin(x)
Expression global maximum (-11.00000, 0.99999)
Expression global minimum (11.00000, -0.99999)
Global minimum for all expressions (-11.00000, 0.99999)
Global minimum for all expressions (11.00000, -0.99999)
Enter an arithmetic expression: 0.01*x**3+5*sin(x)
Expression global maximum (8.30000, 10.22873)
Expression global minimum (-8.30000, -10.22873)
Global minimum for all expressions (8.30000, 10.22873)
Global minimum for all expressions (-8.30000, -10.22873)
Enter an arithmetic expression: <Enter

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