
Math 241 Maple Workshop 


San Diego State University  This page last updated 25Aug01 
Maple can be used to generate 3D surfaces. This example comes from the help file in Maple under plot3d and has the Maple command
> plot3d((1.3)^x * sin(y),x=1..2*Pi,y=0..Pi,coords=spherical,style=patch);
This generates the 3D surface in spherical coordinates. If r is the radius, q is the angle in the xycoordinate plane, and f is the angle with the zaxis, then this Maple command generates the surface
with 1 < q < 2p and 0 < f < p. Below is an shockwave flash movie showing this surface from a variety of angles using the Maple orientation option in the plot3d command.