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September 19th, 2018, 04:45 AM   #1
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Calculating the points of an arrow

I'm assigned a problem where I need to calculate the points for a rendering program.

These are the conditions I have to work with:
* The arrow consist of two random points
* At the second point, I need to find the two points that are X distance away under an angle of 45 degrees in either direction
* I have to take into consideration the thickness of the lines that connect these points

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September 19th, 2018, 06:37 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by mathboy123 View Post
The arrow consist of two random points
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In the attachment, the arrow isn't just two points, but a very thick line that is pointed at one end, with side-arms attached at that end.

Where exactly are the points A and B, taking the thickness of the line into account?

I suggest you first calculate a point E on the line, positioned so that BE can be treated as a vector of length X. You can then rotate BE by 45 degrees and by -45 degrees. Must all the lines in the diagram have approximately the same width?
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