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Quadric surfaces

  1. Jun 10, 2010 #1

    I need to know how to work with quadric surfaces to draw a 3D structures in a code. However I have no idea how to do this. I can't find any place in the internet where they explain quadric surfaces for newbies... Can someone point me in the right direction, please?

    I didn't post this on the homework section because it is not homework (like: no data given, no question, etc), if I'm wrong and this is a homework question, just say it, I'll post it there instead.

    Best regards
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  3. Jun 10, 2010 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    You might start here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadric. For your purposes start with the section titled Euclidean plane and space, and then start reading at "In Euclidean space ..."

    Hope that helps.
  4. Jun 10, 2010 #3
    I wanted something more extensive, if you know what I mean :) Wikipedia and Wolfram were the first places I went. As for books I found a reference to it in Riley's "Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering" but it was nothing special.
  5. Jun 10, 2010 #4


    Staff: Mentor

    Can you be a little more clear on what you're looking for? I did a search using "quadric surface" and go lots of hits. This would be a section in many calculus texts and a few precalculus texts.
  6. Jun 11, 2010 #5
    I think I found something that will help me. The PDF, in case you're interested is at: http://files.me.com/pedro.gordo/v8t4pd

    Quadric surfaces are in the section 5.2.

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