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Generating level surface from 2 variable function

  1. Sep 29, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    given f(x,y)=9/(x+y) find a level surface.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    g(x,y,z)=f(x,y)-z=0?
    g(x,y,z)=9/(x+y) -z=0?

    That answer is wrong. Apparently i must have the following:

    g(x,y,z)=z(x+y)=9

    How do I solve problems like these?

    Another example is to find a function f(x,y,z) whose level surface f=5 is the graph of the paraboloid
    g(x,y)=-x^2 -y^2
     
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  3. Sep 29, 2013 #2

    LCKurtz

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    You don't need any ##z## variable. To find level surface of a function ##f(x,y)## just plot the graphs of ##f(x,y)=C## for various constants ##C##. For a two variable problem like yours, they will be curves in the ##xy## plane, not surfaces.
     
  4. Sep 30, 2013 #3
    Wouldn't that be generating level curves? I guess my terminology is bad. What i am asking is how do make f(x,y) into
    F(x,y,z)
     
  5. Sep 30, 2013 #4

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    Yes, if you have a function ##f(x,y)## you would talk about its level curves, not level surfaces as your original question stated. If you want to plot the graph of the function ##f(x,y)## you would to a 3D plot of the equation ##z=f(x,y)##, which is the same as ##z - f(x,y)=0## which is one of the level surfaces of ##F(x,y,z)=z-f(x,y)##.
     
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