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Re: drawing tilted ellipses?

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  • Subject: [mg20457] Re: drawing tilted ellipses?
  • From: "Kai G. Gauer" <gauer at>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 02:04:34 -0400
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Use ImplicitPlot (or implicitplot3d). Then, all that you need to do is
instead of typing Axx+Cyy==F, you'd type Axx+Bxy+Cyy+Dx+Ey==F, with A...F
being your favorite and appropriate constants.Better yet, why not just
define some g:{A,B,..,F)== k a bijective function that regulates your
parameters when you take g inverse? The analagous case would also hold for
3+ space, with a bunch of notational changes (which, I for one must admit
should be unnecesssary for mathematica standards). However, remember that
by using three space coordinates, you get to add in much more terms such as
xyz, xxy, zy, zx, etc (with each of those little terms of x and terms of y
and terms of z being such that the sum of the degree of each of x,y,z taken
seperately and then added together should each be less than 3) to eliminate
those pesky unwanted terms such as Fx that shift you to the left/right of
the axis, just set some of your values such as D, E ==0 or whatever else
you may want to fix it to). I personally find that allowing the matrix
transformation theory of coordinates is underused in Mathematica, and this
is why I'd recommend sticking with my style. From then, you might even be
able to get away with mapping single coordinate values of your matrix back
and forth to a function that would then evaluate in Implicit plot (or

For further info as to what I've been trying to do with 2&3 dim conic
sections/ quadratic surfaces, check the archives for a few of my postings.
(My concern is more about calculating the foci effeciently and other
parameters related to it.) I have yet to find any transformation theory
that covers what I am trying to indirectly possibly get to as a corolllary
(other than the fact that there exists one such (3x3) matrix whose det
gives the values of what type of conic a 2- space curve should be...
puzzling... why wouldn't the "best matrix" for this job be a 2x2 form (or
something relating the matrix dimensions to the space that the curve should
exist in)...and why the det and not the trace or some other well behaved
quadratic operator? I'd love to hear someone talk about the forthcomings of
this side of the theory (and why there hasn't been much progress on this
branch of coordinate geometry lately) a good author is Loney '50's if you
can find him.)

Joe Strout wrote:

> snip

>  Any tips?
> Thanks,
> -- Joe
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