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Question 09 (e) 

Each of the shortanswer questions below is worth 5 points. Put your answer in the box provided and show your work. No credit will be given for the answer without the correct accompanying work. In the box, write down which of the equations describes the surface with the following diagram? If is the equation of the surface in the diagram, sketch in the space provided below the level curve of at height Provided explicit labels for your sketch. 
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Hint 

Try to rule out some possibilities by considering whether the 4 functions given satisfy some basic properties which the surface clearly satisfies, i.e.: the point (0,0,0) is on the surface, the surface takes on negative values and is symmetric about the plane. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. As the hint suggests, we can check each equation with the point (0,0,0), which lies on the surface. The point (0,0,0) does not lie on the surface given by , so we can rule that out. Since the surface takes negative values and only takes nonnegative values, we can rule this out as an option as well. Finally, we notice that the surface is symmetric about the plane (this means that for a given (x,y) we get a value z above the xyplane and the same value (but negative), z below the xyplane. For this reason, we can rule out since for a given (x,y) we only produce one z value. Thus the surface is . We can check that this solution makes sense by solving the equation for to get . The two solutions give identical surfaces above and below the plane, the point (0,0,0) does indeed lie on the surface , and as and increase, so does . These all match the given graph. The level curve at is what we would see if we sliced into the surface horizontally at and looked at it from above. We can find the equation by substituting into the equation for the surface: . This is simply a circle of radius , the graph as follows: 