# Can a user control the scale of plots in Wolfram Alpha?

I'm trying to generate some simple plots of shapes on the coordinate plane using Wolfram Alpha. I've had success with plotting the shape, but sometimes the plot output doesn't look nice. For example, the following plots the vertices of a rhombus on the coordinate plane:

Plot {(-5,3), (-1,0), (-1,-5), (-5,-2) (-5,3)}

However, the plot is distorted because

1. the y-axis is shown at x = -5; and
2. the scale for the x-axis doesn't match the scale for the y-axis.

As a result, my rhombus doesn't look like a rhombus. Is there a way to control what portion of the coordinate plane Alpha plots on? I've tried adding

on x:[-8,8] y:[-8,8]

at different points in the command, but that won't work. Anyone know the secret?

• Just specify an AspectRatio. See answer. Commented Apr 4, 2021 at 21:05

You can: just add AspectRatio 1 at the end.

For example:

plot cos(arcsin(x)) for 0<=x<=pi/2, plotrange ((0,1),(0,1))

vs.

plot cos(arcsin(x)) for 0<=x<=pi/2, plotrange ((0,1),(0,1)), AspectRatio 1

• Better late than never! Thank you and welcome to the site! Commented Apr 5, 2021 at 14:32
• What does for 0<=x<=pi/2 do? x isn't an angle, so this range seems a bit arbitrary to me. Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 12:22
• That's because it is arbitrary, we're just looking at how to control the plot aspect ratio on Wolframalpha, the math itself is irrelevant as long as it's plottable. Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 15:49

No I've tried various combinations, the only thing I can come up with is

find edges in Plot{(-5,3) (-1,0) (-1,-5) (-5,-2)}, x and the image output is horrible. Sorry.

• Except "yes", you just need to pass AspectRatio, same as in Mathematica's Plot function (note that this worked even back in 2011) Commented Apr 4, 2021 at 21:05