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Homework Help: How to draw this grapg on paper

  1. Jul 9, 2009 #1

    x^2+y^2 <=1

    on paper

    when i input zeros
    i get 2 parabolas and a line
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  3. Jul 9, 2009 #2


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    What? HOW do you get that?

    First, z= 3x2+ 2y2+ 1 involves three variables, x, y, and z, and so is a three-dimensional graph. It is, simply, a "paraboloid". It may be that your "two parabolas" are when you take x= 0 and then y= 0. If so, that's not a bad way to start. Imagine, with x= 0, that you are drawing the parabola in the yz-plane. Then with y= 0, you are drawing the parabola in the xz-plane. If you draw your x-z axes on the paper and imagine the y-axis coming out of the paper, then your two parabolas are at right angle to each other. Imagine the full graph rotating around the z-axis to meet those two parabolas.

    As for getting a line for [itex]x^2+ y^2\le 1[/itex], I can't make heads of tails out of that! you should know that the graph of [itex]x^2+ y^2= 1[/itex] is a circle with center at (0,0) and radius 1. The graph of [itex]x^2+ y^2\le 1[/itex] is all points on or inside that circle- a "disk".
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