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I''m having trouble solving this problem. Object1(O1) is travelling in a straight line. Object2(O2) is always travelling towards O1. What is O2''s position at any given time? Here''s what I have so far: O2''s dx = cos(atan( (O1y-O2y)/(O1x-O2x) )) O2''s dy = sin(atan( (O1y-O2y)/(O1x-O2x) )) It''s been a few years since I''ve done anything like this (actually, maybe I never did). Any suggestions?

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A solution (tractrice)

O1(t, 0)
O2(t - tanh(t), 1 / cosh(t))

Edit: conditions
O1 starts in (0,0), moves along Ox
O2 starts in (0,1), moves at the same speed than O1

Edited by - Fruny on January 29, 2002 1:45:19 PM

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Thx for the reply.

I eventually found this:

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/PursuitCurve.html

It is only if the 2 objects are moving at the same speed, but I may be able to come up with something.

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