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Re: v.6 RevolutionPlot3D

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  • Subject: [mg75983] Re: v.6 RevolutionPlot3D
  • From: Helen Read <hpr at>
  • Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 03:47:04 -0400 (EDT)
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  • Reply-to: HPR <read at>

Andrzej Kozlowski wrote:
> On 12 May 2007, at 16:00, Helen Read wrote:
>> I see that SurfaceOfRevolution (which was in an add on package) has
>>  been replaced by RevolutionPlot3D. Sounds great, except that 
>> RevolutionPlot3D only revolves around the vertical axis. We (my
>> calculus students) used the old SurfaceOfRevolution all the time
>> for visualizing surfaces of revolution for computing volume and
>> surface area, and we need to be able to revolve around both the
>> vertical axis and the horizontal axis.
> First of all, you can still use SurfaceOfRevolution in Mathematica 6:
> << Graphics`SurfaceOfRevolution`
> (ignore the compatibility message)

Well, it would be a shame to have to load a legacy package to do 
something that 6.0 *should* do. Frankly, I'm a bit baffled as to why 
RevolutionPlot3D does not have an option to set the revolution axis. 
Clearly it is intended as a replacement for the old SurfaceOfRevolution, 
which did have an option for setting the revolution axis. Why would they 
take that out?

> Another possibility is simply to forget about RevolutionPlot3D and 
> use ParametricPlot3D:
> ParametricPlot3D[Evaluate[{X, Y, Z} /. Solve[RotationMatrix[{{1, 1, 
> 1}, {0, 0, 1}}].{X, Y, Z} == {t Cos[=CE=B8],  t Sin[=CE=B8], t^2 }, =
> {X, Y, 
> Z}]], {t, 0, 1}, {=CE=B8, 0, 2 =CF=80}]

That would be a bit much for Calculus I or II students.

I think what I'm going to have my students do is the following.

To revolve around the vertical axis just use RevolutionPlot3D:

RevolutionPlot3D[f[x], {x, 0, 2}]
(or RevolutionPlot3D[{x[t],y[t]},{t,0,2}] in the case of a parametric 

To revolve around the horizontal axis, interchange x and y, and set 
ViewVertical like this.

RevolutionPlot3D[{f[x],x}, {x, 0, 2},ViewVertical->{-1,0,0}]
or RevolutionPlot3D[{y[t],x[t]},{t,0,2},ViewVertical->{-1,0,0}]

Helen Read
University of Vermont

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