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August 27th, 2014, 09:25 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Aug 2014 From: Baku, Azerbaijan. Posts: 5 Thanks: 1  Get coordinates of every point inside an ellipse and detect intersection of 2 ones.
1. Get coordinates of every point inside the ellipse. 2. Detect intersection of 2 ellipses. You can assign your own variables, the next is just an example: (x, y) = coordinates of the common system. (a1, b1) = width and height of the ellipse 1. r1 = radius of the ellipse 1. (a2, b2) = width and height of the ellipse 2. r2 = radius of the ellipse 2. Just write an algorithm i can apply to my program. Last edited by Ziya1995; August 27th, 2014 at 10:10 PM. 
August 28th, 2014, 02:45 AM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 2,155 Thanks: 731 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions 
Have you made an attempt yourself yet? If so, can you post your first attempt? We are generally happy to help you, but we (usually) won't do your work for you.

August 28th, 2014, 03:53 AM  #3  
Math Team Joined: May 2013 From: The Astral plane Posts: 2,159 Thanks: 878 Math Focus: Wibbly wobbly timeywimey stuff.  Quote:
C'mon Ziya1995...Clear this up! Dan  
August 28th, 2014, 09:27 AM  #4 
Newbie Joined: Aug 2014 From: Baku, Azerbaijan. Posts: 5 Thanks: 1 
I make it plain: What do we have? We have: 1. The common coordinate system. 2. First ellipse on some part of the system. 3. Second ellipse on some part of the system. 4. We have coordinates of ellipses and their width and height. What do we need for? We need for: 1. Points inside e.g. first ellipse. Yes, it makes up too much, but we need for a common formula. 2. Points of intersection of the ellipses (let's consider they intersect). Ellipses are not complete circles, they can be curved. I just need for a formula. Thank you. 
August 28th, 2014, 09:59 AM  #5 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,657 Thanks: 2635 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra 
Hint: the equation of an ellipse centred on $(p,q)$ with axes $a$ (horizontal) and $b$ (vertical) is: $$\frac{(xp)^2}{a^2} + \frac{xq)^2}{b^2} = 1$$ You should easily be able to find an equation for all the points on the ellipse from that. What happens when the elllipse isn't square to the axes? 
August 29th, 2014, 12:15 AM  #6  
Newbie Joined: Aug 2014 From: Baku, Azerbaijan. Posts: 5 Thanks: 1  Quote:
How does it work and called? I placed a and b as width and height and found some number of x and what should it mean? I guess i should place different numbers instead of x to find matching numbers and i can do it by programming. Can you give examples of solving using this equation? I wanna use it in my program to make a game. I have read about this formula just now and i should place all of numbers instead of x. What happens when the elllipse isn't square to the axes? Second x is y, so they are not same ones, when it is not a square. Now i am going to check out this formula by programming. Last edited by Ziya1995; August 29th, 2014 at 12:40 AM.  
August 29th, 2014, 03:27 AM  #7 
Newbie Joined: Aug 2014 From: Baku, Azerbaijan. Posts: 5 Thanks: 1 
I applied the formula and it works, but it is right for a circle, not for a curved ellipse. How to alter it for an ellipse? Or what is a formula for an ellipse? There is the right formula at the next link, but i can't understand what do variables mean, if you can recognize them, i wanna know: http://math.stackexchange.com/questi...hinanellipse Last edited by Ziya1995; August 29th, 2014 at 03:49 AM. 
August 29th, 2014, 04:03 AM  #8 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,657 Thanks: 2635 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra 
If you pick different values for $a$ and $b$ you will get an ellipse. Only if $a=b$ (or if your axes are not to the same scale) will you get a circle.

August 29th, 2014, 04:55 AM  #9 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 2,155 Thanks: 731 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions 
My advice would be that if you're making a game and you want to calculate collision detection, you're better off using rectangles, even for things which are not rectangular. It is reasonably common for programmers to use rectangles even for collisions between circles. The algorithms for testing collisions of rectangles are fast and often integrated in existing libraries. You can also calculate the response of a collision as if the object were curved, so a user would never know you actually used a rectangle (unless you make your rectangle a silly size). I don't recommend using pixel matching algorithms if your sprite has an arbitrary shape because it is computationally expensive. Some libraries even supply different primitives with their own collision detection, so you could always, for example, try and find an existing algorithm for circles/ellipses. However, if you're dead set on the circle/ellipse route (because, for example, you're making some sort of packing game) there is a method of calculating whether a collision occurs or not, but it's quite complex; I tried something similar when I was looking at extrasolar planet detection with overlapping circles of different sizes. I'll see what I can come up with this weekend. 
August 29th, 2014, 05:04 AM  #10 
Newbie Joined: Aug 2014 From: Baku, Azerbaijan. Posts: 5 Thanks: 1  Benit13, i don't need a rectangle collision, i need an ellipse collision drawn inside rectangle, otherwise i'd already did it, if i had such a ready ability in my program. So, i have a formula to detect a square ellipse collision, but i wanna use it for NOT a square ellipse collision. Can anyone give such a common formula? Last edited by Ziya1995; August 29th, 2014 at 05:06 AM. 

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