What kind of 3D object is this/what is it's parameterisation?

Hello, I am trying to work out the function of this 3D object and it's parametrisation but after searching the web I have had no luck. Does anybody have any clue what it may be? I was thinking it could be some sort of inverse hyperboloid.

http://www.ikeamarketplace.com/produ...69357_zoom.JPG

Thank you

Re: What kind of 3D object is this/what is it's parameterisation?

That looks like a variation on the "bell shaped curve", rotated around the x-axis. You can write it most easily as parametric equations using "x" and the angle of rotation as parameters:

$\displaystyle x= t$

$\displaystyle y= e^{-t^2}cos(\theta)$

$\displaystyle z= e^{-t^2}sin(\theta)$

Re: What kind of 3D object is this/what is it's parameterisation?

Thank you!

I am attempting to integrate this, do you know what the determinant of the Jacobian matrix would be?

You say that this is a variation of the bell shaped curve, is there a significant change or would it be ok to use those equations in finding the volume?

Re: What kind of 3D object is this/what is it's parameterisation?

If you are only given a picture, it is impossible to give an exact formula- we don't know the exact shape!