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Re: Move point x towards point y
Posted:
Oct 17, 2012 1:48 PM


dpb <none@non.net> wrote in message <k5mmg1$19k$1@speranza.aioe.org>... > On 10/17/2012 9:40 AM, Pascal wrote: > ... > > > I want to know how to calculate the coordinates of the new point 2 (the > > one that moves 1.0 unit to point 1). > > What's the definition of 1.0 unit(s)??? > >  Presumably it's the same as the units for point 1 and point 2.
This is an elementary algebra problem.
Pascal (I hope that's your real name and you're not taking the name of a great mathematician)  here are the steps:
1. Calculate the slope of the line between P1 and P1: m = (P2(2)  P1(2))/(P2(1)  P1(1)). 2. Find the point on the line one unit from P2: P2 + [dx,dx], where dx^2 + dy^2 = 1, and dy/dx = m
Good luck.



