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Bruno

Making a curve path from one point to the other

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Hi, Let's imagine i have a point, (x,y) and i want to send a projectile(cannon type) from this (x,y) point to another point (x1,y1). Something like this (x,y) (x1,y1) How can i make a point travel between this two points ? thanks

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You need to be clear on what the difficulty is.

Do you have options but not know which one to take, Struggling to write actual code or lack the physics knowledge to predict this movement.

I'll help a bit with the latter giving you the most basic equations and a link if I can find a page on basic mechanic/dynamics.

Lesson 6 is the easiest way to model such motion and is pretty accurate. Unless your actually designing a simulator I don't see much point in considering all the rest of the dynamics involved in firing a projectile. I know it only covers 1-D but movement in the x and y direction are independent of each other. So as long as your trig is ok you should be fine.

Someone could probably right you a function for this in a couple of minutes but that wouldn't help you with similar problems in future.

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Well with your current constraints you theoretically have an infinite number of possibilites that meet the criteria. But the equations you need are these.

Y = Y0 + VY0*t - 1/2*g*t2
X = X0 + VX0*t

VX0=cos(angle)*V
VY0=sin(angle)*V
(assuming an angle of 0 points right and moves counter clockwise as angle gets bigger)

So you need to constrain the launch angle somehow. You will need to figure out how you want that handled.

Once you get that you just need to solve for V using the equations

V=sqrt((g*(X-X0))/(2*cos2(angle)*(tan(angle)*(X-X0)-(Y-Y0))))

Then you can plug V back into
VX0=cos(angle)*V
VY0=sin(angle)*V

To get the initial x and y velocities.

Note:
g - is the strength of gravity as a positive value
Y - y1
X - x1
Y0 - y
X0 - x
angle - the launch angle

EDIT: I am not going to remove my solution, but I do agree with ramearess. This is not a hard problem once you have an understanding of the math behind what you are doing. Maybe you should go ahead and work through the problem on your own anyway.

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