I would like to draw a point on a curve or on a surface. For example, I would like to plot the point $(1,1,\sqrt{2})$ with a special color.

Plot3D[{Sqrt[4 - x^2 - y^2]}, {x, 0, 2}, {y, 0, 2}, 
  PlotStyle -> Blue, AxesLabel -> Automatic]

Or the point $(1,\sqrt{3})$ on the curve

Plot[{Sqrt[4 - x^2]}, {x, 0, 2}, PlotStyle -> Blue]

I know how to plot a plane in a 3D plot, but I don't know how to plot a straight line in such a plot. How is it done?

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    $\begingroup$ Show[ Plot3D[Sqrt[4 - x^2 - y^2], {x, 0, 2}, {y, 0, 2}, PlotStyle -> Blue, AspectRatio -> 1], Graphics3D[{Red, Sphere[{1, 1, Sqrt@2}, .1]}] $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 17:57
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    $\begingroup$ Plot[Sqrt[4 - x^2], {x, 0, 2}, PlotStyle -> Red, Epilog -> {Blue, PointSize[Large], Point[{1, Sqrt@3}]}] $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 18:00

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When adding Graphics or annotations to a Plot, I like to use the Show function. It allows you to join two graphics objects together. You could use something like:

Show[Plot3D[{Sqrt[4 - x^2 - y^2]}, {x, 0, 2}, {y, 0, 2}, PlotStyle -> Blue, AxesLabel -> Automatic], Graphics3D[{Red, PointSize[.05] , Point[{1, 1, Sqrt@2}]}]]

Of course you can substitute Red for your special color, and use the following to make a sphere instead of a point.

Sphere[{1, 1, Sqrt@2}, .2]

For the 2D plot, You can use the same Show technique but with Graphics instead of Graphics 3D

Show[Plot[{Sqrt[4 - x^2]}, {x, 0, 2}, PlotStyle -> Blue],Graphics[{Red, PointSize[.05] , Point[{1, Sqrt@3}]}]]


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