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ParametricPlot3D vs Reduce

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  • Subject: [mg124051] ParametricPlot3D vs Reduce
  • From: Andrzej Kozlowski <akozlowski at>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2012 05:20:10 -0500 (EST)
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I just came across something somewhat baffling, though it could be the 
result of an imperfect understanding of how 3D graphic functions work. 
Consider the following three rational functions of two variables, which 
we will think of as parameters of a point on a surface in 3D.

rats = {(-b - 2*d - b^3*d^2)/(b*d), (2*b + d + b^4*d +
      2*b^3*d^2)/(b^2*d), (-1 - 2*b^3*d - b^2*d^2)/(b^2*d)};

Now, note that:

Reduce[Thread[-1 <= rats <= 1], {b, d}]


in other words, there are no values of the parameters b and d for which 
the point lies in the unit cube. However:

ParametricPlot3D[rats, {b, -10, 10}, {d, -10, 10},
 PlotRange -> {{-1, 1}, {-1, 1}, {-1, 1}},
 AxesLabel -> {"a", "b", "c"}]

There appear to be several polygons inside the unit cube that should not 
be there?

Andrzej Kozlowski

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