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Thread: Calculate normal vector of a circle

  1. #1
    Oct 2010

    Calculate normal vector of a circle

    Hi everyone.

    Having a circle, knowing its center and radius, how can I calculate the normal vector? I need more information? Moreover, how can I calculate a tangent vector to the circle, knowing its center, radius and the normal vector?

    If I rotate this circle, it is possible to calculate again the normal vector with the same direction? Because the normal vector can be pointing in opposite directions.

    Thank you very much for your help.
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    MHF Contributor
    Oct 2009
    A normal vector to the circle x^2+y^2=1 at point (x,y) is (x,y), isn't it?
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