What is Paraboloid: Definition and 83 Discussions

In geometry, a paraboloid is a quadric surface that has exactly one axis of symmetry and no center of symmetry. The term "paraboloid" is derived from parabola, which refers to a conic section that has a similar property of symmetry.
Every plane section of a paraboloid by a plane parallel to the axis of symmetry is a parabola. The paraboloid is hyperbolic if every other plane section is either a hyperbola, or two crossing lines (in the case of a section by a tangent plane). The paraboloid is elliptic if every other nonempty plane section is either an ellipse, or a single point (in the case of a section by a tangent plane). A paraboloid is either elliptic or hyperbolic.
Equivalently, a paraboloid may be defined as a quadric surface that is not a cylinder, and has an implicit equation whose part of degree two may be factored over the complex numbers into two different linear factors. The paraboloid is hyperbolic if the factors are real; elliptic if the factors are complex conjugate.
An elliptic paraboloid is shaped like an oval cup and has a maximum or minimum point when its axis is vertical. In a suitable coordinate system with three axes x, y, and z, it can be represented by the equation












{\displaystyle z={\frac {x^{2}}{a^{2}}}+{\frac {y^{2}}{b^{2}}}.}
where a and b are constants that dictate the level of curvature in the xz and yz planes respectively. In this position, the elliptic paraboloid opens upward.

A hyperbolic paraboloid (not to be confused with a hyperboloid) is a doubly ruled surface shaped like a saddle. In a suitable coordinate system, a hyperbolic paraboloid can be represented by the equation











{\displaystyle z={\frac {y^{2}}{b^{2}}}-{\frac {x^{2}}{a^{2}}}.}
In this position, the hyperbolic paraboloid opens downward along the x-axis and upward along the y-axis (that is, the parabola in the plane x = 0 opens upward and the parabola in the plane y = 0 opens downward).
Any paraboloid (elliptic or hyperbolic) is a translation surface, as it can be generated by a moving parabola directed by a second parabola.

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    A Sign of Curvature in Flamm's Paraboloid: Negative?

    A question of sign. Is the curvature of Flamm's paraboloid positive or negative? If I've gotten the signs correct, it's a negative curvature. This is the opposite of the positive curvature of a sphere, and it implies that that geodesics drawn on Flamm's parabaloid should diverge. I think...
  2. A

    Solving an Equation: Is it a Paraboloid or Cone?

    Good day while solving some integral I met with the following equation z=sqrt(2-x^-y^2) that looks like a paraboloid?! I thought first that it might be a cone! any insights? thank you!
  3. Hamiltonian

    B Volume of paraboloid in a cylinder

    the equation of a parabola that is obtained by taking a cross-section passing through the center of the paraboloid is ##y = ax^2## breaking the paraboloid into cylinders of height ##(dy)## the volume of each tiny cylinder is given by ##\pi x^2 dy## since ##y = ax^2## we have ##\pi (y/a) dy##...
  4. WMDhamnekar

    MHB How is z=2xy a Hyperbolic Paraboloid in the rotated 45° in the xy-plane?

    How to prove that every quadric surface can be translated and/or rotated so that its equation matches one of the six types of quadric surfaces namely 1) Ellipsoid 2)Hyperboloid of one sheet 3) Hyperboloid of two sheet 4)Elliptic Paraboloid 5) Elliptic Cone 6) Hyperbolic Paraboloid The...
  5. JD_PM

    Checking divergence theorem inside a cylinder and under a paraboloid

    I am checking the divergence theorem for the vector field: $$v = 9y\hat{i} + 9xy\hat{j} -6z\hat{k}$$ The region is inside the cylinder ##x^2 + y^2 = 4## and between ##z = 0## and ##z = x^2 + y^2## This is my set up for the integral of the derivative (##\nabla \cdot v##) over the region...
  6. Shadow89

    Collimated light from red dot scopes?

    I am trying to piece together how the parabolic mirror manages to reflect the "red dot" from the focal point to the eye without distortion. I compare this with a conventional car headlight, which operates almost exactly the same way, except it has a non-transparent backing. Why does the ret dot...
  7. J

    What is the Speed and Frequency of a Bead Sliding Inside a Paraboloid?

    Homework Statement A bead slides under the influence of gravity on the frictionless interior surface of the paraboloid of revolution z = (x^2+y^2)/2a = r^2/2a Find the speed v_0 at which the bead will move in a horizontal circle of radius r_0 Find the frequency of small radial...
  8. O

    Lagrangian equations of particle in rotational paraboloid

    Hello. I solve this problem: 1. Homework Statement The particles of mass m moves without friction on the inner wall of the axially symmetric vessel with the equation of the rotational paraboloid: where b>0. a) The particle moves along the circular trajectory at a height of z = z(0)...
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    I Can Flamm's Paraboloid be described by Cartesian equations?

    I would like to know if there exist any equations in Cartesian coordinates that describe the shape in three dimensions of Flamm´s paraboloid and if you can write them to me because I have searched for them but I can’t find any specific equations of what I want. I suppose that this shape would...
  10. Adrian555

    Natural basis and dual basis of a circular paraboloid

    Hi everyone!I'm trying to obtain the natural and dual basis of a circular paraboloid parametrized by: $$x = \sqrt U cos(V)$$ $$y = \sqrt U sen(V)$$ $$z = U$$ with the inverse relationship: $$V = \arctan \frac{y}{x}$$ $$U = z$$ The natural basis is: $$e_U = \frac{\partial \overrightarrow{r}}...
  11. Monsterboy

    Elliptical paraboloid surface in matlab using F/D = 0.3

    Homework Statement To generate a elliptical paraboloid antenna surface in MATLAB using the given F/D ratio (= 0.3) F- focal length D- Diameter = 50 m Homework Equations ## \frac {F}{D} =\frac {1}{4tan(\theta/2)} ## ## F = \frac {D^2}{16H} ## H = height of the paraboloid Equation of a...
  12. CricK0es

    Sketch the surface of a paraboloid

    Homework Statement Sketch the surface of a paraboloid z=9-x2 -92 in 3-dimensional xyz-space Homework Equations I assume partial derivatives are involved in some manner The Attempt at a Solution [/B] I attempted to solve by making each variable equal to zero... That didn't work xD. I would...
  13. E

    Find the Surface integral of a Paraboloid using Stoke's Theorem

    Homework Statement Let S be the portion of the paraboloid ##z = 4 - x^2 - y^2 ## that lies above the plane ##z = 0## and let ##\vec F = < z-y, x+z, -e^{ xyz }cos y >##. Use Stoke's Theorem to find the surface integral ##\iint_S (\nabla × \vec F) ⋅ \vec n \,dS##. Homework Equations ##\iint_S...
  14. pchu

    I Is Flamm's paraboloid a paraboloid?

    The shape of the Einstein-Rosen bridge is often visualized/modelized with the Flamm's paraboloid, and many other references have also stated clearly that it's a "surface of revolution of a parabola". But as far as I can see, when we rotate the parabola w^2 = 8M(r-2M) (in natural units c=G=1)...
  15. TheSodesa

    The volume of water gathered by a tilted paraboloid antenna

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  16. N

    Volume of a solid bounded by a paraboloid and the x-y plane

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  17. R

    Shortest path between two points on a paraboloid

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  18. K

    Can with water rotates -- the water forms a paraboloid

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  19. M

    Is There a Mistake in the Hyperbolic Paraboloid Curve Demonstration?

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  20. C

    Evaluate the triple integral paraboloid

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  21. E

    Finding point on paraboloid surface given normal line point

    Homework Statement [/B] Find the coordinates of the point P on the surface of the paraboloid z=6x2+6y2-(35/6) where the normal line to the surface passes through the point (25/6, (25√22)/6, -4). Note that a graphing calculator may be used to solve the resulting cubic equation. Homework...
  22. L

    Integrating F over a Paraboloid Region

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  23. I

    Force of Constraint for Particle in a Paraboloid

    Homework Statement A particle is sliding inside a frictionless paraboloid defined by r^2 = az with no gravity. We must show that the force of constraint is proportional to (1+4r^2/a^2)^{-3/2} Homework Equations f(r,z) = r^2-az = 0 F_r = \lambda \frac{\partial f}{\partial r} (and similarly for...
  24. A

    Evaluate integral for surface of a paraboloid

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  25. C

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  26. L

    Point mass in a (non-hyperbolic) paraboloid.

    Need a 2nd opinion on my solution. Homework Statement A point mass moves frictionlessly in a circle inside a parabolic cup, with the radius at the top being R. The particle's position vector makes an angle theta wrt the center of symmetry (generatrix going from -z to +z).Homework Equations...
  27. LunaFly

    Surface Integral involving Paraboloid

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  28. U

    Volume of paraboloid using divergence theorem (gives zero)

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  29. B

    MHB The equation of a hyperbolic paraboloid to derive the corner points of rectangle

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  30. B

    Finding The Distance From A Paraboloid To A Plane.

    Homework Statement Find the distance from the paraboloid z = X2 + 2Y2 to the plane 2X + 8Y + Z = -8. Homework Equations The partial derivatives with respect to X, And Y for the paraboloid. The Attempt at a Solution My professor said we need to find the point where the...
  31. B

    Hyperbolic Paraboloid and Isometry

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  32. G

    Stokes Theorem paraboloid intersecting with cylinder

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  33. C

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  34. C

    Prove cross-section of elliptic paraboloid is a ellipse

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  35. J

    Verify Stokes' Theorem for F across a paraboloid

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  36. ElijahRockers

    Equation of a circular paraboloid

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  37. E

    Moment of Inertia of a non-uniform density paraboloid

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  38. W

    Flux of a Paraboloid without Parametrization

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  39. T

    Volume Between A Circular Paraboloid and a Plane

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  40. L

    Intersection of paraboloid and normal line

    Homework Statement Where does the normal line to the paraboloid z=x^2+y^2 at the point (1,1,2) intersect the paraboloid a second time? Homework Equations The Attempt at a Solution I found the normal line to be 0=2x+2y-1, but I'm not sure what to do next.
  41. G

    Parametric representation of paraboloid cylinder

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  42. Telemachus

    Surface Area of Paraboloid Limited by Plane

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  43. I

    Finding volume bounded by paraboloid and cylinder

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  44. R

    Flux through a paraboloid? The Divergence Theorem and Integration Error

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  45. G

    Can a paraboloid become cone under limiting conditions?

    What will be the limiting conditions?
  46. L

    Parametric Paraboloid In Polar Coordinates

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  47. V

    Sphere Intersecting a Paraboloid

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  48. K

    Finding the Volume of a Solid Below a Plane and Above a Paraboloid

    Homework Statement The volume of the solid below the plane: z=2x and above the paraboloid z=x^2 + y^2. I need help setting this one up, I can handle the evaluating. The Attempt at a Solution I just don't know.
  49. L

    Optimizing Paraboloid Bounds for Triple Integral

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  50. Q

    Finding the equation of a paraboloid

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