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    Finding coordinates

    Hi,

    I have problem that needs solving, last time I used maths was ages ago, so this simple exercise is not so simple for me... As you can see in the image below, there three dots on the coordinate axis (x1, x2, x3), the coordinates of which are known; we also know the angles marked alpha1, alpha2 and alpha3. What I need to find is coordinates of Z(a,b), or to prove that they are (0;0) as the dot is on the start of the axis. Hope you can help, any comments appreciated!


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    Quote Originally Posted by crapmathematician View Post
    Hi,

    I have problem that needs solving, last time I used maths was ages ago, so this simple exercise is not so simple for me... As you can see in the image below, there three dots on the coordinate axis (x1, x2, x3), the coordinates of which are known; we also know the angles marked alpha1, alpha2 and alpha3. What I need to find is coordinates of Z(a,b), or to prove that they are (0;0) as the dot is on the start of the axis. Hope you can help, any comments appreciated!


    Hi,

    you can prove whether or not these lines go through the origin by showing that

    tan(angle)=line\ slope, for lines passing through the origin.

    Therefore, the line slopes will be \frac{y\ co-ord}{x\ co-ord}

    You need to reference all angles to the positive x axis.

    Hence \alpha_2=\alpha_2

    change \alpha_3 to 90^o+\alpha_3

    and \alpha_1 to 270^o-\alpha_1
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