KnotPlot Control Panel (Main)

Note: This page explains the main control panel (there's more than one). If you're just starting with KnotPlot, you might want to begin with the top page of the KnotPlot Manual (can also be accessed by using the pop-up menus or by clicking the 'Man' button.)
I'll go through the control panel from the top down, explaining each feature in turn.

All the parameters in this section control how the knot is displayed. In addition, some of them will affect any surface geometry exported by KnotPlot. Nothing in this section affects the underlying mathematical object (that is, what is read and written with the load and save commands.

To get a feel for how things work try loading a knot at random (see above) and then click on the two large buttons labelled 'Smooth Tubes' and 'Beads and Sticks'. This will show you the two principal methods of displaying knots. The beads and sticks closely approximate the actual mathematical object. KnotPlot starts out in a smooth tube mode, mostly because knots look prettier in this mode.

All of the parameters for the dynamics may be changed while relaxation is taking place. The same thing applies to any display parameters. Just remember you may have to click and hold down the left mouse button over the control panel until you see some visual feedback in the case where a large knot is being relaxed. Be sure to read the page on dynamics to see other options.

This HTML file was produced at 6:10 p.m. on July 11, 1996 directly from the LaTeX source.

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