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Cylinder

A cylinder is a special case of a quadric surface. Geometrically, a cylinder is the surface generated by a line that moves so that it is always parallel to a fixed line and always intersects a fixed curve. Any position of the generating line is an element of the cylinder and the fixed curve that all of these elements intersect is the directrix curve.

If the equation of a surface does not contain one of the variables (x, y, or z) then the surface is a cylinder with elements parallel to the axis of that variable and having the curve of intersection by a plane orthogonal to the axis of that variable as directrix curve. A cylinder with axis parallel to the z-axis can be described by parametric equations of the form MATH

A cylinder is circular if the traces in planes perpendicular to the axis of the cylinder are circles, in particular, the directrix curve is an circle. The standard form and parametric form of an equation for a circular cylinder with elements parallel to the z-axis are as follows:MATH

A cylinder is elliptic if the traces in planes perpendicular to the axis of the cylinder are ellipses, in particular, the directrix curve is an ellipse. The standard form and parametric form of an equation for an elliptic cylinder with elements parallel to the z-axis are as follows:MATH

A cylinder is parabolic if the traces in planes perpendicular to the axis are parabolas, in particular, the directrix curve is a parabola. The standard form and parametric form of an equation for an elliptic cylinder with elements parallel to the z-axis are as follows:MATH


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