Ackley's function of three variables, with time the 3rd variable.
In geometry, a hypersurface is a generalization of the concept of hyperplane. Suppose an enveloping manifold M has n dimensions; then any submanifold of M of n − 1 dimensions is a hypersurface. Equivalently, the codimension of a hypersurface is one. For example, the n-sphere in Rn+1 is called a hypersphere. Hypersurfaces occur frequently in multivariable calculus as level sets.
In Rn, every closed hypersurface is orientable. Every connected compact hypersurface is a level set, and separates Rn in two connected components, which is related to the Jordan–Brouwer separation theorem.
In algebraic geometry, a hypersurface in projective space of dimension n is an algebraic set (algebraic variety) that is purely of dimension n − 1. It is then defined by a single equation f(x1, x2, ..., xn) = 0, a homogeneous polynomial in the homogeneous coordinates.
A hypersurface may have singularities, and hence is not necessarily a submanifold in the strict sense. "Primal" is an old term for an irreducible hypersurface.
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