atan2 ( y ; x )
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Michael George, Michael George Consulting
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returns the base angle (arctan) of a triangle with the sides X and Y.
Sample Input:
atan2 ( y ; x )
1 0
1 1
0 1
1 1
1 0
1 1
0 1
1 1


Sample Output:
(in radians)
0
0.7853...
1.5707...
2.3561...
3.1415...
3.9269...
4.7123...
5.4977... 

Description:
The function atan2(y;x) returns the arctan of y,x with adjustments for the signs of x and y so that the angle returned is the angle of the cartesian point (x,y) in radians.
The commonest use of atan2 is in converting between rectangular and polar coordinates. The formula for calculating the *initial* heading for a greatcircle route from point A to point B uses atan2.
Please be aware that the parameter order is y,x and not x,y as usual.
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The above does not give the same results as Microsoft Excel. I use the following, Note the special for x=0 and y=0, I define ATAN2(x,y) = 0:
Let ( [
a =
Case ( x > 0 ; Atan( y / x ) ;
x < 0 ; If ( y ≥ 0 ; Pi + Atan ( y / x) ; Pi + Atan ( y / x)) ;
x = 0 ; If ( y > 0 ; Pi / 2 ; If ( y < 0 ; Pi / 2 ; 0) )) ;
result =a
];
result
)
Convert from 0 to 2*pi: result = mod ( 2* pi + a ; 2 * pi)
Rouel Fernandez, Mountain View, Ca
December 22, 2010 7:20am