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February 9th, 2012, 04:00 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2012 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  incease speed and changing direction.
hey i'm a game developer not so good in maths so i thought i come ask some advice here... what i basically need is a formula that can increase in both positive and negative with using one variable that changes from minus to plus. my code is this speed +=1 speed= speed the problem here off course is that is does the following on update: speed = 5 + 1 5+1 = (5+1) which is good (my object changes direction and goes 1 faster) then the second time speed = 6 +1 5 = 5 my direction changes but my speed goes down one... now is there a way i can get the number increased in the part where it says speed = 6 +1 so it results in  7 and the next run would be 7+1 and so on...? don't even know if this is a stupid question or not i just can't figure out how to get it to work with in one formula... so any pointers are welcome thx J. 
February 9th, 2012, 04:17 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,211 Thanks: 520 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: incease speed and changing direction.
Instead of adding 1 to the current speed, you could add abs(speed)/speed so that if speed < 0 then 1 is added and if speed > 0 then +1 is added. Note: abs(x) = x, the absolute value function. Your programming language should have that intrinsic function. 
February 10th, 2012, 07:10 AM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Feb 2012 Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  Re: incease speed and changing direction.
thanks! it has this Mathf.Abs didn't think of looking in the mathf functions, grrr stupido! 

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