Chapter 12.6, Problem 51E

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8th Edition

James Stewart

ISBN: 9781305266643

Textbook Problem

Show that if the point (*a*, *b*, *c*) lies on the hyperbolic paraboloid *z* = *y*^{2} − *x*^{2}, then the lines with parametric equations *x* = *a* + *t*, *y* = *b* + *t*, *z* = *c* + 2(*b* − *a*)*t* and *x* = *a* + *t*, *y* = *b* − *t*, *z* = *c* − 2(*b* + *a*)*t* both lie entirely on this paraboloid. (This shows that the hyperbolic paraboloid is what is called a **ruled surface**; that is, it can be generated by the motion of a straight line. In fact, this exercise shows that through each point on the hyperbolic paraboloid there are two generating lines. The only other quadric surfaces that are ruled surfaces are cylinders, cones, and hyperboloids of one sheet.)

To determine

**To show**: The point

Explanation

**Given data:**

Parametric equations are

**Solution:**

Consider the given equation of hyperbolic paraboloid.

For

Substitute *c* for z, *b* for *y*, and *a* for *x*,

For

Substitute
*x*,
*y*, and
*z* in equation (1),

For

Substitute

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