It is not possible to get the angle between two points

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It is not possible to get the angle between two points

Postby gramcracker » Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:02 pm

I just wanted to demonstrate that actionscript/flash is not capable of determining the angle between two points.

Below I try several different methods to do the calculation and get a different angle each time, which is always wrong.

protected function angleCalc (x1:Number, y1:Number, x2:Number, y2:Number):Number
var dx:Number = x2 - x1;
var dy:Number = y2 - y1;
var j:Number = Math.atan2(dy,dx) * Constants.RADIANS_TO_DEGREES;
return j;


case 1:

var div:int = 360 / 9;

var targetAngle:Number = angleCalc(bombObject.body.GetPosition().x,

var deltaX=bombObject.body.GetPosition().x - car.GetPosition().x;
var deltaY=bombObject.body.GetPosition().y - car.GetPosition().y;

var realAngle:Number = 180.0 / Math.PI * Math.atan2(bombObject.body.GetPosition().x - car.GetPosition().x, bombObject.body.GetPosition().y - car.GetPosition().y);

var cantGetAngle:Number = Math.atan(deltaY / deltaX) * 180 / Math.PI;

var impossibleToGetAngle:Number = (targetAngle + 90) - 180;
trace("Angles: ",altAngle,targetAngle,90);

The trace result is a bunch of different angles that correspond to nothing, and never match the measurement provided by this website ... -angle.php

Either someone is playing a joke on me, or I've stepped into the twilight zone.

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