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Homework Help: Hyperbolic paraboloid

  1. Jun 12, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    z = 2y^2 - x^2

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I kind of know how to do it.

    z = y^2/b^2 - x^2/a^2 the first power is the axis of paraboloid.

    let x = k thus z = 2y^2 - k^2 and the vertex of this parabola (if x = 0 we see it is a parabola), v = (k, 0, -k^2)
    if now x = k, the vertex becomes v = (0,0,0)

    so far, do you guys agree?

    similarly, for y = k v = (0,k, 2y^2) and when y = 0, we have v = (0,0,0)

    and for z = k, we find z = k = 2y^2 - x^2 gives us a hyperbola.
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  3. Jun 13, 2010 #2
    giving a bump :)
    thank you!
  4. Jun 13, 2010 #3


    Staff: Mentor

    What do you need to do, draw a graph of the surface? The usual strategies are to get the traces in the three coordinate planes. To get the trace in the x-z plane, set y = 0.

    Also helpful are cross-sections in planes parallel to the x-y plane. For each cross-section, set z to some value and you'll get some curve. Topographical maps are examples of this technique. All the points in a connected curve in a topo map are at the same elevation (z value).
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