Matplotlib different size subplots

I need to add two subplots to a figure. One subplot needs to be about three times as wide as the second (same height). I accomplished this using GridSpec and the colspan argument but I would like to do this using figure so I can save to PDF. I can adjust the first figure using the figsize argument in the constructor, but how do I change the size of the second plot?

How to prevent numbers being changed to exponential form in Python matplotlib figure

I’m using Matplotlib in Python to plot simple x-y datasets. This produces nice-looking graphs, although when I “zoom in” too close on various sections of the plotted graph using the Figure View (which appears when you execute ), the x-axis values change from standard number form (1050, 1060, 1070 etc.) to scientific form with exponential notation (e.g. 1, 1.5, 2.0 with the x-axis label given as +1.057e3).