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 January 31st, 2018, 09:04 AM #1 Newbie   Joined: Jan 2018 From: iceland Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 Ellipsoid problem...c axis calculation Hi all, i'm new on this forum. First of all sorry for my written english. I'm a PhD student in Earth Science and i need help with a geometry problem. I'm trying to determine the c axis of some ellipsoid-shape objects. With the microscope I've measured the two axis in the xy plane and the length that i get when i rotate the object of 45°. I need to calculate the other axis in order to determine the thickness of these objects. I think that my case could be represented by this picture: https://www.researchgate.net/profile...-dependent.png My Idea was to apply some trigonometry equations, as: Cos45 = measured length when rotated of 45° / c axis, and than get the c axis. Anyway i don't really like the result that i get, so i think i'm doing something wrong. Can you help me? any advice? Hope you understand the problem Thank you Alberto
 February 3rd, 2018, 03:59 AM #2 Newbie   Joined: Jan 2018 From: iceland Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 Nobody can help me? Cheers
 February 3rd, 2018, 09:50 AM #3 Senior Member   Joined: Sep 2016 From: USA Posts: 535 Thanks: 306 Math Focus: Dynamical systems, analytic function theory, numerics You haven't said what a "c axis" is. However, if I'm understanding your question correctly you are interested in the coordinates for an ellipse after rotating it in the plane? The polar transformation for an ellipse gives the coordinates: $x = A \cos (\theta)$ and $y = B \sin(\theta)$ where $A,B$ are constants related to the eccentricity of the ellipse. If you write them in this way, then applying a rotation by $\alpha$ is nothing more than multiplication by the matrix $\left( \begin{array}{cc} \cos(\alpha) & -\sin(\alpha) \\ \sin(\alpha) & \cos(\alpha) \end{array} \right)$ which can be combined with the polar coordinates for $x,y$ using standard trig identities. If this doesn't help, then you need to clarify what exactly you are asking.

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