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Line collisions

To utilize lines properly you need to forget about everything you know, including y = mx + b, and you need to use the general first degree line equation described below.

Ax +By + C = 0

This equation describes every line in 2D that exists, ever. Not just the nice ones that aren't vertical like they taught you in school.

Getting the equation of a line

From two points

If we know two points that are distinct, we can form a line.

Since we know Ax + By + C = 0, we can form two equations for the line from those two points. We know have :

Ax2 + By2 + C = 0
Ax1 + By1 + C = 0
A(x2 - x1) + B(y2 - y1) + C - C = 0

If we call (x2 - x1) dx, and we call (y2 - y1) dy, we have :

A(dx) + B(dy) = 0
A(dx) = B(-dy)

If we assign A the value -dy and B the value dx, then both sides of the equation agree :

A = -dy
B = dx
-dy(dx) + dx(dy) = 0

This means we can now solve for C using one of the points :

C = -Ax - By
C = -(-dy)x1 - (dx)y1
C = (y2 - y1)x1 - (x2 - x1)y1

We now have an equation for A, B, and C given points x1,y1 and x2,y2 :

A = -(y2 - y1)
B = (x2 - x1)
C = (y2 - y1)x1 - (x2 - x1)y1

From a point and an angle

This time we have a single point on the line, x1,y1, and an angle of the line in radians, alpha.

From the unit circle, we know that the y difference is sin(alpha) and the x difference is cos(alpha). We can simply replace dx and dy with these directly to get the formula :

dx = cos(a)
dy = sin(a)
A = -sin(a)
B = cos(a)
C = (sin(a))x1 - (cos(a)y1

Line vs Line intercept

Given two lines in general first degree form, we can solve for their intersection point, if any exists.

Say we have line 1, Ax + By + C = 0, and line 2, Dx + Ey + F = 0. We can solve for x or y by multiplying one equation by a certain factor.

   D(Ax + By + C) = D(0)
  -A(Dx + Ey + F) = A(0)
      0 + (BD - AE)y + CD - AF = 0

y = (AF-CD)/(BD-AE)
   E(Ax + By + C) = E(0)
  -B(Dx + Ey + F) = B(0)
   (AE-BD)x + CE - BF = 0
x = (CE-BF)/(BD-AE)

You'll notice that the expression BD-AE is common to both x and y. If this value equals 0.0, the lines do not have a well defined intersection point. They are either parallel, or the same line. If BD-AE is non-zero, you will get a single value for x and y. This is the intersection point.

Line segment overlap

To check whether two line segments overlap, first check whether the lines themselves intersect using Line Collision 2D#line-vs-line-intercept . Check the value of the expression BD-AE. If it is non-zero, they intersect. If it is zero, they are parallel, and may be the same line. To see if they are the same line, pick a value for x or y on one line and plug it into the equation for the other line. If it is a solution to the second equation, the lines are the same, otherwise they are parallel.

For intersecting lines, now that we have the intersection point, we need to check whether that point is on both line segments. If so, the line segments themselves overlap. Do this using Point Collision 2D#point-versus-aabb, after making an axis aligned bounding box out of the corners of each line segment.

Line segment intercept

TODO : Write me (this is a little more advanced, and requires a sweeping intercept check).

Line vs Circle Intercept

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