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1. (Original post by cooldudeman)
Thanks so much for this. Feel free to ignore this if you're not bothered to explain anymore but I still don't understand how you got the limits of t.

How did you deduce that the limits for x is (0,1)?
Also is the z^2=1-x a plane or just a curve?
It sounds as if you haven't sketched out the two surfaces. If you're having trouble doing this, you can get graphing software to do it for you. I did in Microsoft Mathematics, which can do basic 3D parametric plots and so on.

In brief, you have a circle of diameter 1, centre (1/2,0,0) () which in 3-space defines a cylinder parallel to the z-axis. (The z variable doesn't appear, so we get the same set of (x,y) points for any z value, just as when we write to define a line in 2-space, we get a line with y height 2 for any x value).

This cylinder intersects the unit 3-sphere . Note that the circle lies totally in the +ve x half-plane, so for any point on the cylinder .

If you draw this out, it should be clear where the cylinder and sphere intersect. Since the cylinder equation defines a surface (not a volume) then the intersection is a curve in 3-space.

By algebra you find that the curve is defined by the intersection of the surface with . Since we can only plot real values of on a graph, we have . Since we already know that for any point on the circle, we have . This gives us the limits for .

All of this is pretty clear once you can see a nice picture of the situation.
2. (Original post by atsruser)
It sounds as if you haven't sketched out the two surfaces. If you're having trouble doing this, you can get graphing software to do it for you. I did in Microsoft Mathematics, which can do basic 3D parametric plots and so on.

In brief, you have a circle of diameter 1, centre (1/2,0,0) () which in 3-space defines a cylinder parallel to the z-axis. (The z variable doesn't appear, so we get the same set of (x,y) points for any z value, just as when we write to define a line in 2-space, we get a line with y height 2 for any x value).

This cylinder intersects the unit 3-sphere . Note that the circle lies totally in the +ve x half-plane, so for any point on the cylinder .

If you draw this out, it should be clear where the cylinder and sphere intersect. Since the cylinder equation defines a surface (not a volume) then the intersection is a curve in 3-space.

By algebra you find that the curve is defined by the intersection of the surface with . Since we can only plot real values of on a graph, we have . Since we already know that for any point on the circle, we have . This gives us the limits for .

All of this is pretty clear once you can see a nice picture of the situation.
on this Microsoft maths programme, how do you plot the equation of the sphere and cylinder? I went on graphing and then equations and functions but they have either z or r as the subject. I cant rearrange the cylinder to z cuz there is no z so I cant plot it. Cant I just plot them in the form as they are given? I have been trying to find a programme/website that can do this for ages.
3. (Original post by cooldudeman)
on this Microsoft maths programme, how do you plot the equation of the sphere and cylinder?.
1. Go to Graphing > Equations and Functions
2. Change to settings to 3D and Cartesian
3. In the first box, enter
4. Add a second box. In this box, enter
5. Click on the Graph button at the bottom of the Equations and Functions section
6. Click on "Proportional Display" on the ribbon thing.
7. Click on "Hide Outer Frame" if you prefer to declutter it a bit.

You will now be able to see the 3-sphere and parabolic surface, and their curve of intersection.

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