# Calculating Distance for the frustum plane normals

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Guys, I have calculated each plane's normal of the view frustum based on the verts of each of the 4 corners. However, the distance from the center is throwing me off. I can do a simple subtraction for the near/far planes. But the tilted left/right/top/bottom planes are throwing me off. Any ideas on how I can calculate those distances? Thanks Jeff.

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Finding the distance of a point from a plane is easy provided you have the equation of the plane. lighthouse3d has some nice reference material for this stuff.

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I *think* I have found a solution. I can do this...

float D = DotProduct(frontPlaneNrm,pos); //pos = position on the plane.

This seems to work. Can anyone confirm this is correct? Also, why would this work, because I thought the dot product gives me the angle between the vectors, nothing relating to distance.

Thanks
Jeff.

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MJP,

Great little tutorial, thanks! That helped a lot!

I still am curious on how the D = -DotProduct(N,p0); works. I still can't wrap my brain around that, I know it works, I just would like to know why it works :). I know the dot product returns the angle between two vectors, but the distance??

Jeff.

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Quote:
 I know the dot product returns the angle between two vectors, but the distance??
The dot product of two vectors can be interpreted geometrically in at least a couple of different ways:

1. As the cosine of the angle between the vectors, scaled by the product of the lengths of the two vectors.

2. As the length of the projection of vector A onto vector B, scaled by the length of vector B.

With a few example diagrams and a little trig, it should become clear why the two values described above are the same.

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The equation is actually
dist = N (dot) p + D

D = 0 assumes that the plane crosses through the origin.

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The equation is actually
dist = N (dot) p + D

D = 0 assumes that the plane crosses through the origin.

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