Take a look at the room you are in now.

Imagine the y axis is a point in the middle of the floor going up to the ceiling.

The x axis is from the same stating point but going across the floor to the right wall.

The z axis starts from the same point as the two others and goes along the floor to the wall in front of you.

Hope this helps

Take a look at the room you are in now.

Imagine the y axis is a point in the middle of the floor going up to the ceiling.

The x axis is from the same stating point but going across the floor to the right wall.

The z axis starts from the same point as the two others and goes along the floor to the wall in front of you.

Hope this helps

You are correct, the z axis is for 3D stuff. It has two main uses:

1.

Describing 3D shapes precisely, in much the same way one describes 2D shapes on an XY coordinate grid. Think 3D modeling/CAD software that engineers use to design stuff, or the 3D design software that animators use to build the world and characters they film.

2.

Representing and visualizing functions with more input and output variables. Thus far you’ve used an XY coordinate plane to graph functions with 1 input and 1 output. f(x) = y. If you have some advanced physics experience, maybe you’ve even seen functions with 2 inputs and 2 outputs represented as a 2D vector field. f(x, y) = [Vx, Vy]

An XYZ coordinate space can graph functions with 1 input and 2 or 3 outputs. (as represented by a curve in 3D space: f(t) = [x(t), y(t), z(t)])

Or with 2 inputs and 1 output. (represented by a surface or line where the output is the height Z: F(x, y) = z)

Or with 3 inputs and 3 outputs. (represented by a 3D vector field, F(x, y, z) = [Vx, Vy, Vz])

Humans love to interpret things visually, so this helps in spotting patterns. Unfortunately, functions with higher order than these usually require more dimensions, which is something we can’t picture. So we get as much use out of the XYZ grid as we can.

You are correct, the z axis is for 3D stuff. It has two main uses:

1.

Describing 3D shapes precisely, in much the same way one describes 2D shapes on an XY coordinate grid. Think 3D modeling/CAD software that engineers use to design stuff, or the 3D design software that animators use to build the world and characters they film.

2.

Representing and visualizing functions with more input and output variables. Thus far you’ve used an XY coordinate plane to graph functions with 1 input and 1 output. f(x) = y. If you have some advanced physics experience, maybe you’ve even seen functions with 2 inputs and 2 outputs represented as a 2D vector field. f(x, y) = [Vx, Vy]

An XYZ coordinate space can graph functions with 1 input and 2 or 3 outputs. (as represented by a curve in 3D space: f(t) = [x(t), y(t), z(t)])

Or with 2 inputs and 1 output. (represented by a surface or line where the output is the height Z: F(x, y) = z)

Or with 3 inputs and 3 outputs. (represented by a 3D vector field, F(x, y, z) = [Vx, Vy, Vz])

Humans love to interpret things visually, so this helps in spotting patterns. Unfortunately, functions with higher order than these usually require more dimensions, which is something we can’t picture. So we get as much use out of the XYZ grid as we can.

Take a look at the room you are in now.

Imagine the y axis is a point in the middle of the floor going up to the ceiling.

The x axis is from the same stating point but going across the floor to the right wall.

The z axis starts from the same point as the two others and goes along the floor to the wall in front of you.

Hope this helps

You are correct, the z axis is for 3D stuff. It has two main uses:

1.

Describing 3D shapes precisely, in much the same way one describes 2D shapes on an XY coordinate grid. Think 3D modeling/CAD software that engineers use to design stuff, or the 3D design software that animators use to build the world and characters they film.

2.

Representing and visualizing functions with more input and output variables. Thus far you’ve used an XY coordinate plane to graph functions with 1 input and 1 output. f(x) = y. If you have some advanced physics experience, maybe you’ve even seen functions with 2 inputs and 2 outputs represented as a 2D vector field. f(x, y) = [Vx, Vy]

An XYZ coordinate space can graph functions with 1 input and 2 or 3 outputs. (as represented by a curve in 3D space: f(t) = [x(t), y(t), z(t)])

Or with 2 inputs and 1 output. (represented by a surface or line where the output is the height Z: F(x, y) = z)

Or with 3 inputs and 3 outputs. (represented by a 3D vector field, F(x, y, z) = [Vx, Vy, Vz])

Humans love to interpret things visually, so this helps in spotting patterns. Unfortunately, functions with higher order than these usually require more dimensions, which is something we can’t picture. So we get as much use out of the XYZ grid as we can.

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