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Maths & trigonometry cheat sheet for 2D games

Conventions

  • o = [xo = 0, yo = 0] is the origin
  • A = [xA, yA] is a point on the 2D plane. Same for B, C, ...
  • lengths are in any unit (ex: pixels)
  • code snippets are in JavaScript

Degrees to radians

angleRad = angleDeg * Math.PI / 180;

Radians to degrees

angleDeg = angleRad * 180 / Math.PI;

Distance between two points (Pythagore)

  • dist = function(A,B){ return Math.sqrt((xB - xA)*(xB - xA) + (yB - yA)*(yB - yA)) } // ES5
  • dist = (A, B) => Math.hypot(xB - xA, yB - yA) // ES6

Line passing through 2 points

  • line equation: y = ax + b
  • a = (yB - yA) / (yB - yA) = tan θ
  • θ = angle between line and x axis
  • b = yA - a * xA (because yA = a * xA + b)

Intersection of 2 secant lines

  • line 1: y = a * x + b
  • line 2: y' = a' * x + b'
  • intersection point P:
    • xP = (a - a')/(b' - b);
    • yP = a * xP + b;
  • Ex with y = 5*x+1 & y' = 2*x+8:
    • xP = 7/3;
    • yP = 12.666;

Angle in radians between the x axis at the origin and a point on the plane

angle = Math.atan2(Ax, Ay)

Angle in radians between two points and the origin

angle = Math.atan2(By - Ay, Bx - Ax);

Rotate a point (angle in radians)

  • Anew_x = Ax * Math.cos(angle) - Ay * Math.sin(angle)
  • Anew_y = Ax * Math.sin(angle) + Ay * Math.cos(angle)
  • It's the same as applying the following rotation matrix:
vec2 (
    +cos(a), -sin(a)
    +sin(a), +cos(a)
)

Project a point on the trigonometric circle

  • Anew_x = Math.cos(atan2(Ax, Ay))
  • Anew_y = Math.sin(atan2(Ax, Ay))

Intersections between a line and the grid (2D raycasting)

Projection of a plane on a sphere (on a 2D canvas)

2D jumps / gravity (ex: for side-view platform games)

  • let x, y the position of the object (ex: 0, 0)
  • let vx, vy the horizontal and vertical speed of the object (ex: 0, 0)
  • let g, the gravity (which is a downwards acceleration, ex: -10)
  • during the frame at the start of the jump: set vy to a high value, ex: 50
  • during all the frames of the jump:
    • Add g to vy (ex: 40, 30, 20, 10, 0, -10, ...)
    • Add vy to y (ex: 40, 70, 90, 100, 100, 90, ...)
    • place the object at [x,y]

Also applicable to all kind of accelerations in x or y directions.

Distance between a point and a line

  • line: a *x + b * y + c = 0
  • point: xA, yA
  • distance: d = Math.abs(a * xA + b * yA + c) / Math.sqrt(a * a + b * b)
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