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Re: Plot3D Problem with Nonreal Numbers

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  • Subject: [mg20042] Re: Plot3D Problem with Nonreal Numbers
  • From: "Allan Hayes" <hay at haystack.demon.co.uk>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Sep 1999 18:46:07 -0400
  • References: <7shqcb$1rn@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

JAM <jmac at tiac.net> wrote in message news:7shqcb$1rn at smc.vnet.net...
> Greetings All!
> I'm hoping you can help this struggling artist generate this 3D plot
> destined for a calculus textbook. If the author had provided me with a
> notebook file I wouldn't have to be bothering you, but he didn't. All I
> have is a sketch of something that resembles two funnels joined at the
> narrow end and this equation:
> 
> x^2 - y^2 + z^2 = 4
> 
> I have solved for z and used the results in Plot3D but this generates an
> error for the points that are not real numbers and only a portion of the
> plot is drawn.
> The question is, is there a way to make Mathematica ignore the solutions
> that are not real? Or is there some other technique I should be using to
> render this graphic.
> Be gentle. Remember I'm an artist, not a mathematician.
> Thanks in advance for any and all assistance.
> --Jim
> 

Jim,

You might find the package << Graphics`ContourPlot3D` useful.

Allan   
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