## Mathematica, gradient plot on the graph

Hi,
I need to plot a vector field 2x,2y,0 which is the gradient of the function x^2+y^2. I need to plot it only in some interesting points (points on the paraboloid x^2+y^2). So I tried something like

a=Table[{{x,y,x^2+y^2},{2x,2y,0}},{x,-2,2,0.5},{y,-2,2,0.5}]
ListVectorPlot3D[a]

It did not work. The definition of ListVectorPlot3D[{{x,y,z},{a,b,c}},...] says that it generates a 3D vector plot from vector field values {a,b,c} given at specified points {x,y,z}.

Any idea how I might plot that gradient on the paraboloid ? It would be really unpleasant if I had to do every single vector with Graphics3D[]

thanks
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 Recognitions: Gold Member Code: pnts = Flatten[Table[{x, y, x^2 + y^2}, {x, -2, 2, 1/4}, {y, -2, 2, 1/4}], 1]; plv = VectorPlot3D[{2 x , 2 y, 0}, {x, -2, 2}, {y, -2, 2}, {z, 0, 8}, VectorPoints -> pnts, VectorColorFunction -> "ThermometerColors", VectorScale -> Small]; plp = Plot3D[x^2 + y^2, {x, -2, 2}, {y, -2, 2}, ColorFunction -> "GrayTones", BoxRatios -> {3, 3, 2}]; Show[plp, plv, ImageSize -> 600] Gives me this: It took me a bit of time, but I have always wanted to learn how to do this anyway so 30 minutes well spent. Does anyone know how i can make the arrows START at the point rather than be centered at it? Attached Thumbnails