(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Find the equation of the surface that is equidistant from the plane x=1, and the point (-1,0,0).

3. The attempt at a solution

Okay, if I set the distance from the surface to the point, and the distance from the surface to the plane as being equal, I should have the equation. Soo..? I can tell intuitively that the surface is going to be a circular paraboloid that opens toward the point, with its vertex on the origin, but I'm not sure how to begin this one....

I tried transposing the problem down to 2 dimensions, and finding the equation of the parabola that is equidistant between a point and a line, but I keep getting lost.

**Physics Forums - The Fusion of Science and Community**

# Equation of a circular paraboloid

Know someone interested in this topic? Share a link to this question via email,
Google+,
Twitter, or
Facebook

Have something to add?

- Similar discussions for: Equation of a circular paraboloid

Loading...

**Physics Forums - The Fusion of Science and Community**