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 Robert line across an ellipse Jun 14th, 2010, 11:12am   I found this code for making random lines across a circle, but I don't know how to alter it to make lines across an ellipse.  Any help will be appreciated. Quote:  float theta = random(TWO_PI);  float sx = cos(theta)*radius;  float sy = sin(theta)*radius;  float delta = theta + PI + random(-anglerange,anglerange);  float sx2 = cos(delta)*radius;  float sy2 = sin(delta)*radius;  Line L = new Line(new PVector(sx,sy), new PVector(sx2,sy2));  Lines.add(L);
 Quark Re: line across an ellipse Reply #1 - Jun 14th, 2010, 12:42pm   Effectively  an ellipse has 2 radii which if we call the radiusX and radiusY then you can use Code:```  float theta = random(TWO_PI);  float sx = cos(theta)*radiusX;  float sy = sin(theta)*radiusY; float delta = theta + PI + random(-anglerange,anglerange);  float sx2 = cos(delta)*radiusX;  float sy2 = sin(delta)*radiusY; ```
 Robert Re: line across an ellipse Reply #2 - Jun 14th, 2010, 1:57pm   perfect, thank you.I should have been able to figure that out.
 Robert Re: line across an ellipse Reply #3 - Jun 14th, 2010, 3:01pm   I appreciate the help.  I'm wondering how hard it would be to so the same with a sphere.
 blindfish Re: line across an ellipse Reply #4 - Jun 14th, 2010, 3:27pm   Just thinking aloud here, but any point on a sphere can be defined by two circles perpendicular to each other: i.e. set a random rotation on one axis around one circle and from that point rotate around the other axis...  though I'm sure there's a much more elegant mathematical solution.  In fact google gives plenty of results on this.  This is one for the maths geeks whilst this gives a more obvious option to implement... Where is the what if the what is in why?
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