Homework Help: Sketching a Hyperbola

1. Apr 16, 2014

nameVoid

Sketching the graph of xz=4
Z=4/x
Now this is not in the form of a hyperbola however it is indeed a hyperbola
I get this by taking x to 0 and infinity
My question is how to put it in the standard form of a hyperbola to find the equations of the aysmptope

2. Apr 16, 2014

micromass

What is your standard form of a hyperbola?

Did you study a lot of linear algebra? Do you know how to change the basis?

3. Apr 16, 2014

Matterwave

You should make a 45 degree rotation of your x and y axes. In other words, define:

$$u=\frac{x+z}{\sqrt{2}}$$
$$v=\frac{x-z}{\sqrt{2}}$$

And see where that takes you.

4. Apr 16, 2014

micromass

I would have prefered the OP to have found this on his own. Now he has no idea where those formulas came from.

5. Apr 16, 2014

Matterwave

Ah, that's my bad...I will be more discreet in the future.

6. Apr 16, 2014

nameVoid

I'm still waiting for the explanation

7. Apr 16, 2014

micromass

Well, I've asked you questions which you seemed to ignore.

Second, Matterwave has given you a very large hint. Try to use the hint to work it out for yourself. We're certainly not going to spoonfeed you the answer.

8. Apr 16, 2014

LCKurtz

@namevoid: It would be good to give a complete and exact statement of the problem. Your use of $x$ and $z$ suggests perhaps this is a surface in 3D. Or not?? Also is part of the problem to put it in standard form or do you want to do that just to find the equations of the asymptotes?