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Surfaces in Space

In this lesson we will turn our attention to two types of 3-D surfaces: Cylinders and Quadric Surfaces. z 2 Let C be a curve in a plane and let L be a line not parallel to that plane. Then the set of points on lines parallel to L that intersect C is called a cylinder. The straight lines that make up the cylinder are called the rulings of the cylinder. In the sketch, we have the generating curve, a parabola in the yz-plane: The line L is the x-axis. The rulings are parallel to the x-axis. x y

z y the curve

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Consider the cylinder generated by the equation ( y 1) 2

( z 1) 2

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For a point on this surface, the x-coordinate can take on any value as long as the y- and z-coordinates satisfy the equation ( y 1) 2 ( z 1) 2 1. z Cross-section of the surface in the yz-plane.

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An effective way to visualize this surface is to move about 5 units down the xaxis and place a copy of the circle in its corresponding position.

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Then draw lines parallel to the x-axis (rulings) that connect corresponding points on the two circles and you have a pretty good idea what the cylinder looks like.

. For a point on this surface. the x-coordinate can take on any value as long as the y.and z-coordinates satisfy the equation ( y 1) 2 ( z 1) 2 9. x Then draw lines parallel to the x-axis (rulings) that connect corresponding points on the two circles and you have a pretty good idea what the cylinder looks like. z y An effective way to visualize this surface is to move about 5 units down the xaxis and place a copy of the circle in its corresponding position.Consider the cylinder generated by the equation ( y 1) 2 ( z 1) 2 1.

z y x The bad news about DPGraph is that it uses a left-handed system. More on that later.com and click on List of Site Licenses.Here is a more sophisticated version done on DPGraph. Please go to www. You can often convert to a right-handed system if you swap the x and y terms in your equation. Most of the graphs in this lesson are done on DPGraph. Find TCC in the listed schools and download this free program now.dpgraph. .

First we have to solve for z : ( y 1) 2 ( z 1) 2 1 ( z 1) 2 1 ( y 1) 2 z 1 z 1 ( y 1) 2 1 ( y 1) 2 1 If you want to see the bottom half of the cylinder. Add this link to your favorites list in your browser and call it the 3D Grapher.Bright Ideas Software has a very cool and very free 3D Surface Viewer. You can click on the image and turn it to see the image from different perspectives. . go to http://www.asp and enter the equation for the top half of the surface in the previous slide. slap a negative in front of the square root.brightideassoftware. To construct your own copy of the half-cylinder that you see below.com/DrawSurfaces.

Still.Limitations: you cannot enter equations implicitly. . Every surface has to be generated by a function with z as the dependent variable. this is a decent piece of graphing software. You can only enter one function at a time so we cannot view the top half and the bottom half simultaneously. Feel free to make your own graphs as needed during the lesson.

A football is an ellipsoid.We now move from cylinders to Quadric Surfaces. Consider: x2 4 z2 9 z 3 z y2 25 x2 1 4 z2 9 1 y2 25 y2 25 y2 25 x2 1 4 x2 3 1 4 The graph of this equation is the top half of the ellipsoid. The standard form of an ellipsoid is: x2 a2 y2 b2 z2 c2 1 If a=b=c. To graph an ellipsoid in standard form. Planet Earth is also an ellipsoid. A quadric surface in space is generated by a second-degree equation of the form: Ax 2 By 2 Cz 2 Dx Ey Fz Gxy Hxz Iyz K 0 In this lesson. then the ellipsoid is a sphere. we may have to solve for z. we will be working with equations where G=H=I=0. Convert the 3 to -3 to see the bottom half. Link to the 3D Grapher and graph both the bottom and top. . The first quadric surface we examine will be the Ellipsoid.

The remaining graphs in this lesson will be done on DP Grapher.It is very helpful to examine the intersection of the quadric surface with the coordinate planes or even with planes that are parallel to the coordinate planes. . Consider the table below for the ellipsoid of the previous slide: x2 4 Plane xy-plane (z=0) y2 25 z2 9 1 Equation Trace x2 4 x2 4 y2 25 y2 1 25 z2 9 z2 9 1 1 Ellipse Ellipse Ellipse xz-plane (y=0) yz-plane (x=0) Check out the graph on the next slide! The graph was done on DP Grapher but the x and y terms had to be reversed since DP Grapher uses a lefthanded system.

The trace in the yz-plane is the ellipse: y2 25 z z2 9 1 The trace in the xz-plane is the ellipse: x2 4 z2 9 1 The trace in the xy-plane is the ellipse: y x x2 4 y2 1 25 .

html Ellipsoid: http://mathworld. Hyperbolic paraboloid: http://mathworld.com/Paraboloid.html Sphere: http://mathworld.com/HyperbolicParaboloid.com/Ellipsoid.wolfram.wolfram.com/Hyperboloid.com/EllipticCylinder. but can create impressive graphs.html Elliptic Cylinder: http://mathworld.com/Sphere.wolfram.html Cone: http://mathworld.Most of the graphs that you can link to below have been done on Mathematica.com/Cone.html .wolfram.html Paraboloid: http://mathworld.wolfram.html Hyperboloids: http://mathworld.wolfram.wolfram. Click on the graphs and twist them to get a better perspective. which is very expensive.

What is the equation and the trace of the intersection in the xy-plane? Plane xy-plane (z=0) Equation Trace x2 9 x2 9 y2 4 1 Ellipse Ellipse Ellipse What is the equation and the trace of the intersection in the xz-plane? xz-plane (y=0) yz-plane (x=0) z2 1 y2 4 What is the equation and the trace of the intersection in the xz-plane? z2 1 . x2 9 y2 4 z2 1 Answer each question on your own before you click to the answer.Example 1: Fill in the trace table for the following equation.

z Can you find the trace in the yz plane? y Can you find the trace in the xy plane? x x2 9 y2 4 z2 1 .Can you find the trace in the xz plane? Notice in each case that the intersection of the graph and the coordinate plane is an ellipse.

It generates traces of a parabola in planes parallel to the other two coordinate planes. Two traces will be parabolas and the third will be an ellipse. x2 9 y2 4 z 1 Plane xy-plane (z=0) x2 9 x2 9 y 4 2 y2 4 z 1 Ellipse Parabola Parabola xz-plane (y=0) yz-plane (x=0) 1 z 1 .Our next surface is the paraboloid. What is the equation and the trace of the intersection in the xy-plane? Equation Trace What is the equation and the trace of the intersection in the xz-plane? What is the equation and the trace of the intersection in the xz-plane? A paraboloid generates a trace of an ellipse in planes parallel to one coordinate plane. Answer each question on your own before you click to the answer. Example 2: Fill in the trace table for the following equation.

Can you find the ellipse in the xy-plane? Can you find the parabola in the xz-plane? Can you find the parabola in the yz-plane? y z x x2 9 y2 4 z 1 .

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.0).Example 3: Fill in the trace table for the following slightly different equation.0. look at the trace of planes parallel to the coordinate plane. Trace Origin: x=y=z=0 Parabola Parabola What is the equation and the trace of the intersection in the xy-plane? What is the equation and the trace of the intersection in the xz-plane? What is the equation and the trace of the intersection in the xz-plane? When one of your coordinate planes comes up empty or has a trace of just the point (0. For example try z=3 or z=-3. x2 9 y2 4 z 0 Answer each question on your own before you click to the answer. Plane xy-plane (z=0) xz-plane (y=0) yz-plane (x=0) Equation x2 9 x2 9 y2 4 y2 4 z 0 0 z 0 If z=3 there is no trace since three positive numbers cannot add to be 0.

But if z=-3 then your trace is an ellipse and your equation is: x2 9 x2 9 x2 9 x2 27 y2 z 0 4 y2 3 0 4 y2 3 4 y2 1 12 z y x Every point on this ellipse has a zcoordinate of -3. x2 9 y2 4 z 0 .

Fill in the table below for 4 9 4 Try to fill in each entry on your own before you click. For example. When drawing a hyperboloid of one sheet on your own. x=-4: Plane xy-plane (z=0) xz-plane (y=0) yz-plane (x=0) Equation Trace y2 9 x2 4 1 Hyperbola Hyperbola x2 4 16 4 y2 9 y2 9 z2 4 z2 4 1 1 1 z2 4 y2 9 x2 4 z2 4 1 1 Ellipse y2 z2 4 9 4 y2 z2 5 9 4 y2 z2 1 45 20 .Our next surface will be the hyperboloid. at x=4. Example 4. In each case. two traces will be hyperbolas and the third trace will be an ellipse. We will look at two types: the hyperboloid of one sheet and the hyperboloid of two sheets. it is usually helpful to draw the ellipse in the coordinate plane and two parallel ellipses equidistant from the coordinate plane. x2 y2 z 2 1.

The ellipse at x=0. The ellipse at x=4. .z x2 4 y2 9 z2 4 1 x y The ellipse at x=-4.

x y Other branch of hyperbola at z=0.One branch of hyperbola at y=0. One branch of the hyperbola at z=0. . z x2 4 y2 9 z2 4 1 The other branch of the hyperbola at y=0.

2 Plane Equation y2 9 x2 4 Trace xy-plane (z=0) xz-plane (y=0) yz-plane (x=0) 1 Hyperbola Empty Hyperbola x2 3 z2 y 3 1 4 9 4 x2 z 2 0 x z 0 4 4 The only trace at y 3 is (0. At y=3 and at y=-3. x2 4 z2 9 1 y2 9 z2 4 1 x 2 ( 6) 2 z 2 y 6 1 4 9 4 x 2 36 z 2 x2 y2 1 4 1 4 9 4 4 4 12 x 2 y 2 so the trace 6 units up or down the y .axis is circular. . At y=0. At y=6 and at y=-6. we get a good look at the circular cross sections. It is important to look at other values of y. 3. the hyperboloid of two sheets comes in two pieces. the xz-plane is empty. Example 5.0). Fill in the table below for x2 4 y 9 2 z2 4 1.While the hyperboloid of one sheet is a single surface. we find the vertices of the hyperbola.

Hyperbola at x=0. z y x Circular traces at y=-6 and at y=6. .

Other branch at z=0. .z y x Hyperbola at z=0.

traces in two coordinate planes are intersecting lines. you need to look at planes that are parallel to the coordinate planes. Plane xy-plane (z=0) xz-plane (y=0) yz-plane (x=0) Equation x 4 2 Trace y 4 2 2 0 (0.0. Fill in the table below for 4 y2 4 x2 4 x2 x 2 z2 9 0. the elliptic cone. but traces parallel to these coordinate planes are hyperbolas.0) x 4 y2 4 z 9 z2 9 z2 9 4 2 z 9 2 z 3 y2 4 y2 y 0 Two lines Two lines z2 9 4 2 z 9 2 z 3 0 So it’s all pretty clear now isn’t it? I didn’t think so.Our next surface is a familiar structure. When centered at the origin. When your traces give you bare bones information like this. x2 Example 6. .

x2 Example 6. z=-3) Equation x2 z2 4 z 4 2 Trace y2 x2 4 y 4 2 4 Circles Hyperbolas Hyperbolas x2 4 x2 4 x2 y2 3 4 9 y2 1 4 y2 4 0 xz-plane (y=2. and hyperbolic cross sections in planes parallel to the xz-plane and to the yz-plane. Planes parallel to… xy-plane (z=3. x=-2) 2 4 y2 4 z2 4 2 1 1 x2 4 x2 4 z2 4 2 4 z2 4 x2 4 z2 9 1 1 0 y2 4 1 1 z2 9 0 z2 4 y2 4 There is much more information here than in the previous slide. y=-2) yz-plane (x=2. . Fill in the table below for 4 y2 4 z2 9 0. There are circular cross sections as you move up and down the z-axis. Part 2.

z Hyperbolic trace at x=2 The hyperbolic trace at x=-2 is on the back side of the surface. Circular traces at z=3 and at z=-3 y x .

The straight line traces at x=0 and the hypberbolic trace at y=-2 are on the back side. z Straight line traces at y=0 Hyperbolic trace at y=2 y x .

The standard equation is z to the power of 1. Fill in the table below for: z y2 4 x2 . z z 1 z x2 4 1 y2 4 1 y2 4 1 1 x2 4 y2 4 x2 4 hyperbola z Parabola hyperbola . The traces parallel to two coordinate planes will be hyperbolas.The last quadric surface in this lesson is the hypberbolic paraboloid. 4 Plane xy-plane (z=0) xz-plane (y=0) yz-plane (x=0) Equation Trace Straight lines Parabola y2 4 x2 4 y2 x2 y x y2 4 x2 4 x2 4 y2 4 0 As in previous examples it is often a good idea to look at planes parallel to a coordinate plane to get more information. y2 a2 x2 with the major axis denoted by the variable b2 Example 7. Planes parallel to the third coordinate plane will have hyperbolic traces.

Parabolic trace at y=0 z Straight line traces at z=0 y x .

Parabolic trace at x=0 z y Hyperbolic trace at z=1 x .

y2 x2 z Paraboloid Traces parallel to the xz.A Summary of Quadric Surfaces Type Ellipsoid Elliptic Paraboloid Equation Traces x2 a2 y2 b2 z2 c2 1 Traces parallel to the xy-plane are ellipses. a 2 b2 c2 Cone Hyperbolic Traces parallel to the xy-plane are hyperbolas. Surface is a sphere if a = b = c. Traces parallel to the xz. Hyperboloid Traces parallel to the xy-plane are ellipses. For z > 0. . Traces x2 y 2 z 2 Elliptic 0 parallel to the xz.and yz-planes are hyperbolas.and yz planes are parabolas. Traces x2 y2 z 2 of Two Sheets a 2 b 2 c 2 1 parallel to the xz.and yz-planes are hyperbolas. Adjustments to the equations can create surfaces with the y-axis or the x-axis as the major axis. The other surfaces in the table use the z-axis as the major axis. Planes parallel to the xz. For the ellipsoid the z-axis is the major axis if c > a and c > b. a 2 b2 1 x2 y 2 z a 2 b2 x2 y 2 z 2 Hyperboloid of One Sheet a 2 b 2 c 2 Traces parallel to the coordinate planes are ellipses. traces are ellipses. Traces parallel to the xy-plane are ellipses.and yz-planes: parabolas.and yz-planes are hyperbolas.

The generating lines will be parallel to the y-axis. Go to slide 25 for a review. Go to Slide 2 for a review on cylinders. z 4 9 x2 y2 z 2 c. Starting with equation a. what do you think? Equation a is the generating curve for the cylinder. a. Equation d generates an elliptic cone.Example 8. Equation c generates a hyperboloid of one sheet. 1 4 9 8 x2 y2 z 2 d. Equation b generates a hyperolic paraboloid. . Go to slide 19 for review. Go to slide 29 for a review. 0 4 9 8 ___ Hyperbolic Paraboloid ___ Elliptic Cone ___ Cylinder ___ Hyperboloid of One Sheet Solution. z 3 x x2 y2 b. Match the equation with the appropriate graph type.

Example 10. All of the above. Solution. The trace in planes parallel to the yz-plane is an ellipse. c. The trace in the yz-plane is empty. The trace in the xy-plane is a parabola. c. Go to slide 9 for a review on ellipsoids. The trace in the yz-plane is empty. Choose the statement that is most appropriate to the equation: x2 9 y2 4 z2 1 16 a. The trace in the xz-plane is an ellipse. The answer is b. Go to slide 22 to review hyperboloid of two sheets. b. . All of the above. d. The answer is d. The trace in the xz-plane is a hyperbola. a. b. d.Example 9. Choose the statement that is most appropriate to the equation: x2 9 y2 4 z2 1 16 Solution.

4 z y2 4 z2 9 1 c. Match the equation to the appropriate graph. a. 4 y2 4 z2 9 1 a d x y z x y z b x y x c y .Example 11. x y2 4 z2 9 z x2 d. z 3 x x2 b.

. you can work one set or all three. There are three sets of exercises in our Blackboard site. As usual.This is the end of Lesson 7.6. Each problem answered correctly generates another exercise toward your thinkwell exercise total.

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