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# GL Polar Cords

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Posted 13 December 2001 - 01:14 PM

Alright, i have a doosy of a problem right now In trig we recently went over polar cords, and i was like "woah! that would be a way easier way to get my program to do the stuff it needs to do" I just have one problem, i have no clue how to achieve incorperating polar cords into my 2d GL program. I was thinking of having the sun that is in the origin of the map (0,0 cart-ized) be the origin for polar cords, and also to have each ship to have a set of polar cords where it is the origin. Is this possible? are there any tutorials for this kind of thing? thanks!

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Posted 13 December 2001 - 02:12 PM

Did they teach you how to convert polar coordinates back into rectangular (actually ''cubular'' in 3D) coordinates? If not, you do it like this:

X = Magnitude*cos(Angle);
Y = Magnitude*sin(Angle);

That''s the basic form, I''m sure you can expand on it.

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Posted 13 December 2001 - 02:24 PM

Oh, another thing, you can kind of pull off polar coordinates with a rotation and a translation (instead of just a translation). It may not do what you expect though (you may need to have a counter rotation at the end).

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Posted 13 December 2001 - 04:24 PM

hey thanks buddy!

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