# Question:Vector functions: defining, differentiating, plotting

## Question:Vector functions: defining, differentiating, plotting

Maple

I want to define a vector function, then plot it, differentiate it, etc.

The best I've been able to do so far is to define it two different ways: one for evaluating, one for symbolic manipulation

with(plots): with(VectorCalculus):
r:= < cos(t), sin(t), t >;  # symbolic version of function, for example to take derivative
# returns derivative,
diff(r,t);
rf := (t)->evalf( < cos(t), sin(t), t > );   # returns numerical value of function
# we use numerical version to plot
rCurve := spacecurve( rf(t), t = -1 .. 1 );
# But how to return value of derivative?? Next line doesn't work.
df := (t)->evalf( diff(r,t) );

But how do I plot the derivative? The last line doesn't work. I've tried various variations but no luck.

I don't think this approach is write (why define two different ways?) but haven't been able to figure out how to do it.

Various online docs haven't helped.

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