Many scientists and engineers use Matlab, a software application developed by Mathworks, to analyze small and large numerical data sets. They then visualize them onscreen using, for example, scatter, line and contour plots, with Matlab's extensive graphing functions. In addition to plotting numerical data, scientists and engineers use Matlab to plot equations. If you have a line described by three variables, you may need to plot it in three dimensions to help you understand the equation more thoroughly.

Type "z = 0:(pi/100):(20*pi)" in the command window to generate a series of points along the zaxis.

Type "x = cos(z)" to calculate the position of each z value on the xaxis.

Type "y = sin(z)" to calculate the position of each z value on the yaxis.

Type "plot3(x,y,z)" to plot each of the points as a line  a 3D helix  on a 3D plot..

Type "xlabel('cos(z)'), ylabel('sin(z)'), zlabel('z')" to label the axes.

Type "grid on" to show grid lines.
Tips & Warnings
 You can change the appearance of the line using the "linespec" line specification string syntax. Add the linespec string to the end of the plot3 function arguments. For example, type "plot3(x,y,z,'or)" to plot a dashed line with circles at each point and color both the line and markers red. Refer to the linespec documentation for all the different styles available.
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