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plane/point collision routine isn't working?

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here is my routine to return the height of the terrain at a particular floating point x,y:
vector vecSub(vector p1, vector p2)	//used in calculating the normal
{
	vector t;
	t.x = p1.x - p2.x;
	t.y = p1.y - p2.y;
	t.z = p1.z - p2.z;
	return t;
}

float vecDot(vector p1, vector p2)	//dot product of two vectors
{
	return ((p1.x * p2.x) + (p1.y * p2.y) + (p1.z * p2.z));
}

vector vecCross(vector p1, vector p2)	//cross product for calculating the normal
{
	vector t;
	t.x = p1.y * p2.z - p1.z * p2.y;
	t.y = p1.z * p2.x - p1.x * p2.z;
	t.z = p1.x * p2.y - p1.y * p2.x;
	return t;
}

float checkHeight(float x, float y)
{
	vector p1, p2, p3, p, n;
	float k;
	p.x = x;
	p.y = y;
	float h1, h2, h3, h4;
	float checkx, checky;
	int chkx, chky;
	checkx = x;
	checky = y;
	chkx = int(checkx);
	chky = int(checky);
	if(chkx > checkx)	//make sure int(check) didn''t round up.
	{
		chkx--;
	}
	if(chky > checky)
	{
		chky--;
	}
	if((checkx - chkx) + ((checky + 1) - chkx) < 1)   //decide which triangle of the terrain square to use
	{
		h1 = float(terrain_HeightMap[chkx][chky]);
		h3 = float(terrain_HeightMap[chkx][chky+1]);
		h4 = float(terrain_HeightMap[chkx+1][chky+1]);
		p1.x = checkx - chkx;
		p1.y = checky - chky + 1;
		p1.z = h4;
		p2.x = checkx - chkx;
		p2.y = checky - chky;
		p2.z = h1;
		p3.x = checkx - chkx + 1;
		p3.y = checky - chky + 1;
		p3.z = h3;
	}
	else
	{
		h1 = float(terrain_HeightMap[chkx][chky]);
		h2 = float(terrain_HeightMap[chkx+1][chky]);
		h3 = float(terrain_HeightMap[chkx][chky+1]);
		p1.x = checkx - chkx + 1;
		p1.y = checky - chky + 1;
		p1.z = h3;
		p2.x = checkx - chkx;
		p2.y = checky - chky;
		p2.z = h1;
		p3.x = checkx - chkx + 1;
		p3.y = checky - chky;
		p3.z = h2;
	}
	n = vecCross(vecSub(p1,p2), vecSub(p3,p2));
	k = vecDot(n, p);
	return (-((p.x * n.x) + (p.y * n.y))/k) / n.z;	
}
 
it doesn''t work, it just returns 0.

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i think i figured out why its not working, but i don''t know how to fix it. the line k = vecDot(n, p), there, p.z doesn''t have a value yet. so it turns out i need to solve down this crap even further, DOH!

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