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Math formula

Math formula

Math formula

Is there a mathematical formula the you could punch in two co-ordinates and have it find the degrees from one point to another?

  In other words, if you had two XY points (100,570) and (200,400) and you want to find out what degree (0 to 360) it was from one point to the other.

  Any suggestions?  I'm muddling through it, but there must be an easier way.


RE: Math formula

It depends on what you mean by "degrees from one point to another". Let's say it is the angle between the horizontal line starting from point A and the line between point A and B. If the coordinate of point A is (x1, y1) and point B is (x2, y2), the angle (radian) is the arc tangent of (y2 - y1)/(x2 - x1). In Lingo it would be:
on findAngle x1, y1, x2, y2
   x1 = float(x1)
   return atan((y2 - y1)/(x2 - x1))*180/pi
end findAngle

Let's try with your two points A(100, 570) and B(200, 400):
put findAngle(100, 570, 200, 400)
-- -59.5345

So, your point B is angled about 60° below the point A.

Kenneth Kawamoto

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