Cliff,
Your first example (with 0 pointing north) pretty much describes a cartesian coordinate system where angles are generally measured clockwise, commonly referred to as a lefthanded system. This coordinate system is used in the design of highways and cartographic applications for example. Oddly enough the usage of SIN and COS pretty much follows the counterclockwise (righthanded) system except the usage is reversed for calculation purposes, COS for SIN, etc.
Are you working in 2D or will you be expanding into 3D?
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Happy Easter All
Well it took a Easter trip home and a 2 second description to my dad (yes I had to go home and ask daddy) of where my confusion was coming into play. (He is a Civil Engineer Professor, and can do this kind of math in his head)
Almost immediately he could explain that I was overthinking things. And to a lesser point how math classes were my problem (much like it was when I took the class)
AKA: trying to refer to a rule as a rule and its the ONLY rule, which does not hold true in all cases....it only holds true in the case of the scope you are using it.
In my case would be forget 0 is at the top and realize it is to the right. Then go counter clockwise and all COS, SIN handle themselves.
Basically all units must match if you are to result in correct answers.
(Same trap I had with Trig and hanging a wire....in trig I had exact decimal points, in actual use if the wire was too short, I use it on another project, if too long, I trim the decimal point)
Just like in electronics, sure mathematically I could calculate to a precise answer. But in practicality someone show me a resistor that is a precise value and not + some percentage????
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Cliff,
The convention of 0 being at "East" and degrees running counter clockwise has been long established in computing. As you know though this is opposite and rotated from compass angles. I really got into it with CAD using this back in the '80's on DOS based programs. It carried over into windows. Fortunately one can use the floating point processor (with inline assembler) to simplify things where you want to easily go between rectangular and polar coordinates. You can do things as others pictured by checking quadrants etc to select whether you want to use this or that trig function. The key though is thinking in radians since they are the natural unit underneath all of it for computer processes.
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This animated gif  linked to from the page that Brad posted  is very nice too!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Si...and_Helix).gif
That should be a snap to reproduce with PB's graphic statements
PS in case you didn't memorise the tables 'back then' ..
Code:#Dim All #INCLUDE "WIN32API.INC" Macro Pi = 3.141592653589793## Function PbMain() Dim sTest$, L! For L = 0 To 360 Step 5 sTest = sTest + "SIN" + str$(L) + $Tab + Format$(Sin(L*Pi/180), "0.0000") + $Tab + _ "COS" + str$(L) + $Tab + Format$(Cos(L*Pi/180), "0.0000") + $CR Next MsgBox sTest,,"Result" End Function
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gahhhh the crosshairs will not match up...(But if you can see what I mean without them...or delete chars needed to make the crosshairs match up) you will see what I am asking.
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Along the lines of my search to draw lines at angles, maybe a clean up on isle 4 is needed, but I had to ask.
If I correctly understand, then I am used to grid coordinates like
Code:0  27090  180
Code:90  1800  270
I also get that (Cos(angle), Sin(Angle)) should be the point on a circle around my start point (and quadrants sorta) but what I do not get, is when to use what formula relative to my start point.
(For example 0,0....but should hold true if finding a point 1 away from 0, 0)
Code:0 30 90 60  /  / / / 27090 1800   180 270
Can anyone simplify my complete confusion on points as to use COS(degree) vs COS("Negative"Degree) vs "Negative"COS(Degree) confusion???
(aka, what function do I use for what quadrant????)
sorry its so hard for me to define, but maybe some of you math majors out there can clean up my aisle 4 problem???
Code:Sample Degree \ Reference point \  \  Quad II \ Quad I  Reference point Quad III  Quad IV 
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