Chapter 3: Functions of Several Variables
Section 3.3: Quadric Surfaces
Put the equation 16⁢x2+9⁢y2+36⁢z2−32 x+18 y−144 z+25=0 into standard form for a quadric surface, identify the surface, draw its graph, and discuss the nature of the level curves and plane sections.
The final frames in the animations in Figures 3.3.2(a, b) show a graph of the surface defined by the given equation,
16⁢x2+9⁢y2+36⁢z2−32 x+18 y−144 z+25=0
whose standard form is
obtained by completing the square in x,y and z. The standard form is the equation of an ellipsoid with center 1,−1,2.
The level curves, drawn on the surface of the ellipsoid, are the ellipses
x−1294 c2−c+y+124 c2−c=1
The cross sections x=c and y=c are also ellipses, shown in Figures 3.3.5(a, b) where the animation sliders control the values of c. Indeed, if x=c, then the equation
y+121698+2 c−c2+z−22498+2 c−c2=1
defines ellipses in the yz-plane, seen in Figure 3.3.5(a). Likewise, the cross sections y=c are the ellipses
x−1291615−2 c−c2+z−221415−2 c−c2=1
defined in the xz-plane, and shown in Figure 3.3.5(b).
use plots in
Figure 3.3.5(a) Ellipsoid with cross sections x=c
use plots in
Figure 3.3.5(b) Ellipsoid with cross sections y=c
Maple Solution - Interactive
Obtain the standard form
Control-drag the given equation.
Context Panel: Manipulate Equation
Check the "Show steps stacked vertically" box.
Click the "Complete the square" button.
Add to both sides and multiply both sides as per the actions shown in the figure below.
Click the "Return Steps" button.
16⁢x2+9⁢y2+36⁢z2−32 x+18 y−144 z+25=0→manipulate equation14⁢z−22+116⁢y+12+19⁢x−12=1
Obtain the equivalent of the surfaces in Figures 3.3.5(a, b)
Context Panel: Plots≻Plot Builder≻3-D implicit plot
Set the ranges −2≤x≤4,−5≤y≤3,0≤z≤4
style → surfacecontour
3-D Options≻grid → [25, 25, 25]
scaling → constrained
lightmodel → none
16⁢x2+9⁢y2+36⁢z2−32 x+18 y−144 z+25=0→
Maple Solution - Coded
Define f so that the graph of f=0 is a quadric surface
f≔16⁢x2+9⁢y2+36⁢z2−32 x+18 y−144 z+25:
Complete the square and put f into standard form
Obtain the equivalent of the surfaces drawn in Figures 3.3.2(a, b)
<< Previous Example Section 3.3
Next Example >>
© Maplesoft, a division of Waterloo Maple Inc., 2021. All rights reserved. This product is protected by copyright and distributed under licenses restricting its use, copying, distribution, and decompilation.
For more information on Maplesoft products and services, visit www.maplesoft.com
Download Help Document
What kind of issue would you like to report? (Optional)