Vector math API documentation

Version: alpha

FUNCTION
vmath.vector() create a new vector from a table of values
vmath.vector3() creates a new zero vector
vmath.vector3() creates a new vector from scalar value
vmath.vector3() creates a new vector from another existing vector
vmath.vector3() creates a new vector from its coordinates
vmath.vector4() creates a new zero vector
vmath.vector4() creates a new vector from scalar value
vmath.vector4() creates a new vector from another existing vector
vmath.vector4() creates a new vector from its coordinates
vmath.quat() creates a new identity quaternion
vmath.quat() creates a new quaternion from another existing quaternion
vmath.quat() creates a new quaternion from its coordinates
vmath.quat_from_to() creates a quaternion to rotate between two unit vectors
vmath.quat_axis_angle() creates a quaternion to rotate around a unit vector
vmath.quat_basis() creates a quaternion from three base unit vectors
vmath.quat_rotation_x() creates a quaternion from rotation around x-axis
vmath.quat_rotation_y() creates a quaternion from rotation around y-axis
vmath.quat_rotation_z() creates a quaternion from rotation around z-axis
vmath.matrix4() creates a new identity matrix
vmath.matrix4() creates a new matrix from another existing matrix
vmath.matrix4_frustum() creates a frustum matrix
vmath.matrix4_look_at() creates a look-at view matrix
vmath.matrix4_orthographic() creates an orthographic projection matrix
vmath.matrix4_perspective() creates a perspective projection matrix
vmath.matrix4_from_quat() creates a matrix from a quaternion
vmath.matrix4_axis_angle() creates a matrix from an axis and an angle
vmath.matrix4_rotation_x() creates a matrix from rotation around x-axis
vmath.matrix4_rotation_y() creates a matrix from rotation around y-axis
vmath.matrix4_rotation_z() creates a matrix from rotation around z-axis
vmath.matrix4_translation() creates a translation matrix from a position vector
vmath.inv() calculates the inverse matrix.
vmath.ortho_inv() calculates the inverse of an ortho-normal matrix.
vmath.dot() calculates the dot-product of two vectors
vmath.length_sqr() calculates the squared length of a vector or quaternion
vmath.length() calculates the length of a vector or quaternion
vmath.normalize() normalizes a vector
vmath.cross() calculates the cross-product of two vectors
vmath.lerp() lerps between two vectors
vmath.lerp() lerps between two quaternions
vmath.lerp() lerps between two numbers
vmath.slerp() slerps between two vectors
vmath.slerp() slerps between two quaternions
vmath.conj() calculates the conjugate of a quaternion
vmath.rotate() rotates a vector by a quaternion
vmath.project() projects a vector onto another vector
vmath.mul_per_elem() performs an element wise multiplication of two vectors

Functions

vmath.vector()

vmath.vector(t)

Creates a vector of arbitrary size. The vector is initialized with numeric values from a table. The table values are converted to floating point values. If a value cannot be converted, a 0 is stored in that value position in the vector.

PARAMETERS

t table of numbers

RETURNS

v new vector

EXAMPLES

How to create a vector with custom data to be used for animation easing:
local values = { 0, 0.5, 0 }
local vec = vmath.vector(values)
print(vec) --> vmath.vector (size: 3)
print(vec[2]) --> 0.5

vmath.vector3()

vmath.vector3()

Creates a new zero vector with all components set to 0.

PARAMETERS

RETURNS

v new zero vector

EXAMPLES

local vec = vmath.vector3()
pprint(vec) --> vmath.vector3(0, 0, 0)
print(vec.x) --> 0

vmath.vector3()

vmath.vector3(n)

Creates a new vector with all components set to the supplied scalar value.

PARAMETERS

n scalar value to splat

RETURNS

v new vector

EXAMPLES

local vec = vmath.vector3(1.0)
print(vec) --> vmath.vector3(1, 1, 1)
print(vec.x) --> 1

vmath.vector3()

vmath.vector3(v1)

Creates a new vector with all components set to the corresponding values from the supplied vector. I.e. This function creates a copy of the given vector.

PARAMETERS

v1 existing vector

RETURNS

v new vector

EXAMPLES

local vec1 = vmath.vector3(1.0)
local vec2 = vmath.vector3(vec1)
if vec1 == vec2 then
    -- yes, they are equal
    print(vec2) --> vmath.vector3(1, 1, 1)
end

vmath.vector3()

vmath.vector3(x,y,z)

Creates a new vector with the components set to the supplied values.

PARAMETERS

x x coordinate
y y coordinate
z z coordinate

RETURNS

v new vector

EXAMPLES

local vec = vmath.vector3(1.0, 2.0, 3.0)
print(vec) --> vmath.vector3(1, 2, 3)
print(-vec) --> vmath.vector3(-1, -2, -3)
print(vec * 2) --> vmath.vector3(2, 4, 6)
print(vec + vmath.vector3(2.0)) --> vmath.vector3(3, 4, 5)
print(vec - vmath.vector3(2.0)) --> vmath.vector3(-1, 0, 1)

vmath.vector4()

vmath.vector4()

Creates a new zero vector with all components set to 0.

PARAMETERS

RETURNS

v new zero vector

EXAMPLES

local vec = vmath.vector4()
print(vec) --> vmath.vector4(0, 0, 0, 0)
print(vec.w) --> 0

vmath.vector4()

vmath.vector4(n)

Creates a new vector with all components set to the supplied scalar value.

PARAMETERS

n scalar value to splat

RETURNS

v new vector

EXAMPLES

local vec = vmath.vector4(1.0)
print(vec) --> vmath.vector4(1, 1, 1, 1)
print(vec.w) --> 1

vmath.vector4()

vmath.vector4(v1)

Creates a new vector with all components set to the corresponding values from the supplied vector. I.e. This function creates a copy of the given vector.

PARAMETERS

v1 existing vector

RETURNS

v new vector

EXAMPLES

local vect1 = vmath.vector4(1.0)
local vect2 = vmath.vector4(vec1)
if vec1 == vec2 then
    -- yes, they are equal
    print(vec2) --> vmath.vector4(1, 1, 1, 1)
end

vmath.vector4()

vmath.vector4(x,y,z,w)

Creates a new vector with the components set to the supplied values.

PARAMETERS

x x coordinate
y y coordinate
z z coordinate
w w coordinate

RETURNS

v new vector

EXAMPLES

local vec = vmath.vector4(1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0)
print(vec) --> vmath.vector4(1, 2, 3, 4)
print(-vec) --> vmath.vector4(-1, -2, -3, -4)
print(vec * 2) --> vmath.vector4(2, 4, 6, 8)
print(vec + vmath.vector4(2.0)) --> vmath.vector4(3, 4, 5, 6)
print(vec - vmath.vector4(2.0)) --> vmath.vector4(-1, 0, 1, 2)

vmath.quat()

vmath.quat()

Creates a new identity quaternion. The identity quaternion is equal to: vmath.quat(0, 0, 0, 1)

PARAMETERS

RETURNS

q new identity quaternion

EXAMPLES

local quat = vmath.quat()
print(quat) --> vmath.quat(0, 0, 0, 1)
print(quat.w) --> 1

vmath.quat()

vmath.quat(q1)

Creates a new quaternion with all components set to the corresponding values from the supplied quaternion. I.e. This function creates a copy of the given quaternion.

PARAMETERS

q1 existing quaternion

RETURNS

q new quaternion

EXAMPLES

local quat1 = vmath.quat(1, 2, 3, 4)
local quat2 = vmath.quat(quat1)
if quat1 == quat2 then
    -- yes, they are equal
    print(quat2) --> vmath.quat(1, 2, 3, 4)
end

vmath.quat()

vmath.quat(x,y,z,w)

Creates a new quaternion with the components set according to the supplied parameter values.

PARAMETERS

x x coordinate
y y coordinate
z z coordinate
w w coordinate

RETURNS

q new quaternion

EXAMPLES

local quat = vmath.quat(1, 2, 3, 4)
print(quat) --> vmath.quat(1, 2, 3, 4)

vmath.quat_from_to()

vmath.quat_from_to(v1,v2)

The resulting quaternion describes the rotation that, if applied to the first vector, would rotate the first vector to the second. The two vectors must be unit vectors (of length 1). The result is undefined if the two vectors point in opposite directions

PARAMETERS

v1 first unit vector, before rotation
v2 second unit vector, after rotation

RETURNS

q quaternion representing the rotation from first to second vector

EXAMPLES

local v1 = vmath.vector3(1, 0, 0)
local v2 = vmath.vector3(0, 1, 0)
local rot = vmath.quat_from_to(v1, v2)
print(vmath.rotate(rot, v1)) --> vmath.vector3(0, 0.99999994039536, 0)

vmath.quat_axis_angle()

vmath.quat_axis_angle(v,angle)

The resulting quaternion describes a rotation of angle radians around the axis described by the unit vector v.

PARAMETERS

v axis
angle angle

RETURNS

q quaternion representing the axis-angle rotation

EXAMPLES

local axis = vmath.vector3(1, 0, 0)
local rot = vmath.quat_axis_angle(axis, 3.141592653)
local vec = vmath.vector3(1, 1, 0)
print(vmath.rotate(rot, vec)) --> vmath.vector3(1, -1, -8.7422776573476e-08)

vmath.quat_basis()

vmath.quat_basis(x,y,z)

The resulting quaternion describes the rotation from the identity quaternion (no rotation) to the coordinate system as described by the given x, y and z base unit vectors.

PARAMETERS

x x base vector
y y base vector
z z base vector

RETURNS

q quaternion representing the rotation of the specified base vectors

EXAMPLES

-- Axis rotated 90 degrees around z.
local rot_x = vmath.vector3(0, -1, 0)
local rot_y = vmath.vector3(1, 0, 0)
local z = vmath.vector3(0, 0, 1)
local rot1 = vmath.quat_basis(rot_x, rot_y, z)
local rot2 = vmath.quat_from_to(vmath.vector3(0, 1, 0), vmath.vector3(1, 0, 0))
if rot1 == rot2 then
    -- These quaternions are equal!
    print(rot2) --> vmath.quat(0, 0, -0.70710676908493, 0.70710676908493)
end

vmath.quat_rotation_x()

vmath.quat_rotation_x(angle)

The resulting quaternion describes a rotation of angle radians around the x-axis.

PARAMETERS

angle angle in radians around x-axis

RETURNS

q quaternion representing the rotation around the x-axis

EXAMPLES

local rot = vmath.quat_rotation_x(3.141592653)
local vec = vmath.vector3(1, 1, 0)
print(vmath.rotate(rot, vec)) --> vmath.vector3(1, -1, -8.7422776573476e-08)

vmath.quat_rotation_y()

vmath.quat_rotation_y(angle)

The resulting quaternion describes a rotation of angle radians around the y-axis.

PARAMETERS

angle angle in radians around y-axis

RETURNS

q quaternion representing the rotation around the y-axis

EXAMPLES

local rot = vmath.quat_rotation_y(3.141592653)
local vec = vmath.vector3(1, 1, 0)
print(vmath.rotate(rot, vec)) --> vmath.vector3(-1, 1, 8.7422776573476e-08)

vmath.quat_rotation_z()

vmath.quat_rotation_z(angle)

The resulting quaternion describes a rotation of angle radians around the z-axis.

PARAMETERS

angle angle in radians around z-axis

RETURNS

q quaternion representing the rotation around the z-axis

EXAMPLES

local rot = vmath.quat_rotation_z(3.141592653)
local vec = vmath.vector3(1, 1, 0)
print(vmath.rotate(rot, vec)) --> vmath.vector3(-0.99999988079071, -1, 0)

vmath.matrix4()

vmath.matrix4()

The resulting identity matrix describes a transform with no translation or rotation.

PARAMETERS

RETURNS

m identity matrix

EXAMPLES

local mat = vmath.matrix4()
print(mat) --> vmath.matrix4(1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)
-- get column 0:
print(mat.c0) --> vmath.vector4(1, 0, 0, 0)
-- get the value in row 3 and column 2:
print(mat.m32) --> 0

vmath.matrix4()

vmath.matrix4(m1)

Creates a new matrix with all components set to the corresponding values from the supplied matrix. I.e. the function creates a copy of the given matrix.

PARAMETERS

m1 existing matrix

RETURNS

m matrix which is a copy of the specified matrix

EXAMPLES

local mat1 = vmath.matrix4_rotation_x(3.141592653)
local mat2 = vmath.matrix4(mat1)
if mat1 == mat2 then
    -- yes, they are equal
    print(mat2) --> vmath.matrix4(1, 0, 0, 0, 0, -1, 8.7422776573476e-08, 0, 0, -8.7422776573476e-08, -1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)
end

vmath.matrix4_frustum()

vmath.matrix4_frustum(left,right,bottom,top,near,far)

Constructs a frustum matrix from the given values. The left, right, top and bottom coordinates of the view cone are expressed as distances from the center of the near clipping plane. The near and far coordinates are expressed as distances from the tip of the view frustum cone.

PARAMETERS

left coordinate for left clipping plane
right coordinate for right clipping plane
bottom coordinate for bottom clipping plane
top coordinate for top clipping plane
near coordinate for near clipping plane
far coordinate for far clipping plane

RETURNS

m matrix representing the frustum

EXAMPLES

-- Construct a projection frustum with a vertical and horizontal
-- FOV of 45 degrees. Useful for rendering a square view.
local proj = vmath.matrix4_frustum(-1, 1, -1, 1, 1, 1000)
render.set_projection(proj)

vmath.matrix4_look_at()

vmath.matrix4_look_at(eye,look_at,up)

The resulting matrix is created from the supplied look-at parameters. This is useful for constructing a view matrix for a camera or rendering in general.

PARAMETERS

eye eye position
look_at look-at position
up up vector

RETURNS

m look-at matrix

EXAMPLES

-- Set up a perspective camera at z 100 with 45 degrees (pi/2) FOV
-- Aspect ratio 4:3
local eye = vmath.vector3(0, 0, 100)
local look_at = vmath.vector3(0, 0, 0)
local up = vmath.vector3(0, 1, 0)
local view = vmath.matrix4_look_at(eye, look_at, up)
render.set_view(view)
local proj = vmath.matrix4_perspective(3.141592/2, 4/3, 1, 1000)
render.set_projection(proj)

vmath.matrix4_orthographic()

vmath.matrix4_orthographic(left,right,bottom,top,near,far)

Creates an orthographic projection matrix. This is useful to construct a projection matrix for a camera or rendering in general.

PARAMETERS

left coordinate for left clipping plane
right coordinate for right clipping plane
bottom coordinate for bottom clipping plane
top coordinate for top clipping plane
near coordinate for near clipping plane
far coordinate for far clipping plane

RETURNS

m orthographic projection matrix

EXAMPLES

-- Set up an orthographic projection based on the width and height
-- of the game window.
local w = render.get_width()
local h = render.get_height()
local proj = vmath.matrix4_orthographic(- w / 2, w / 2, -h / 2, h / 2, -1000, 1000)
render.set_projection(proj)

vmath.matrix4_perspective()

vmath.matrix4_perspective(fov,aspect,near,far)

Creates a perspective projection matrix. This is useful to construct a projection matrix for a camera or rendering in general.

PARAMETERS

fov angle of the full vertical field of view in radians
aspect aspect ratio
near coordinate for near clipping plane
far coordinate for far clipping plane

RETURNS

m perspective projection matrix

EXAMPLES

-- Set up a perspective camera at z 100 with 45 degrees (pi/2) FOV
-- Aspect ratio 4:3
local eye = vmath.vector3(0, 0, 100)
local look_at = vmath.vector3(0, 0, 0)
local up = vmath.vector3(0, 1, 0)
local view = vmath.matrix4_look_at(eye, look_at, up)
render.set_view(view)
local proj = vmath.matrix4_perspective(3.141592/2, 4/3, 1, 1000)
render.set_projection(proj)

vmath.matrix4_from_quat()

vmath.matrix4_from_quat(q)

The resulting matrix describes the same rotation as the quaternion, but does not have any translation (also like the quaternion).

PARAMETERS

q quaternion to create matrix from

RETURNS

m matrix represented by quaternion

EXAMPLES

local vec = vmath.vector4(1, 1, 0, 0)
local quat = vmath.quat_rotation_z(3.141592653)
local mat = vmath.matrix4_from_quat(quat)
print(mat * vec) --> vmath.matrix4_frustum(-1, 1, -1, 1, 1, 1000)

vmath.matrix4_axis_angle()

vmath.matrix4_axis_angle(v,angle)

The resulting matrix describes a rotation around the axis by the specified angle.

PARAMETERS

v axis
angle angle in radians

RETURNS

m matrix represented by axis and angle

EXAMPLES

local vec = vmath.vector4(1, 1, 0, 0)
local axis = vmath.vector3(0, 0, 1) -- z-axis
local mat = vmath.matrix4_axis_angle(axis, 3.141592653)
print(mat * vec) --> vmath.vector4(-0.99999994039536, -1.0000001192093, 0, 0)

vmath.matrix4_rotation_x()

vmath.matrix4_rotation_x(angle)

The resulting matrix describes a rotation around the x-axis by the specified angle.

PARAMETERS

angle angle in radians around x-axis

RETURNS

m matrix from rotation around x-axis

EXAMPLES

local vec = vmath.vector4(1, 1, 0, 0)
local mat = vmath.matrix4_rotation_x(3.141592653)
print(mat * vec) --> vmath.vector4(1, -1, -8.7422776573476e-08, 0)

vmath.matrix4_rotation_y()

vmath.matrix4_rotation_y(angle)

The resulting matrix describes a rotation around the y-axis by the specified angle.

PARAMETERS

angle angle in radians around y-axis

RETURNS

m matrix from rotation around y-axis

EXAMPLES

local vec = vmath.vector4(1, 1, 0, 0)
local mat = vmath.matrix4_rotation_y(3.141592653)
print(mat * vec) --> vmath.vector4(-1, 1, 8.7422776573476e-08, 0)

vmath.matrix4_rotation_z()

vmath.matrix4_rotation_z(angle)

The resulting matrix describes a rotation around the z-axis by the specified angle.

PARAMETERS

angle angle in radians around z-axis

RETURNS

m matrix from rotation around z-axis

EXAMPLES

local vec = vmath.vector4(1, 1, 0, 0)
local mat = vmath.matrix4_rotation_z(3.141592653)
print(mat * vec) --> vmath.vector4(-0.99999994039536, -1.0000001192093, 0, 0)

vmath.matrix4_translation()

vmath.matrix4_translation(position)

The resulting matrix describes a translation of a point in euclidean space.

PARAMETERS

position position vector to create matrix from

RETURNS

m matrix from the supplied position vector

EXAMPLES

-- Set camera view from custom view and translation matrices
local mat_trans = vmath.matrix4_translation(vmath.vector3(0, 10, 100))
local mat_view  = vmath.matrix4_rotation_y(-3.141592/4)
render.set_view(mat_view * mat_trans)

vmath.inv()

vmath.inv(m1)

The resulting matrix is the inverse of the supplied matrix. For ortho-normal matrices, e.g. regular object transformation, use vmath.ortho_inv() instead. The specialized inverse for ortho-normalized matrices is much faster than the general inverse.

PARAMETERS

m1 matrix to invert

RETURNS

m inverse of the supplied matrix

EXAMPLES

local mat1 = vmath.matrix4_rotation_z(3.141592653)
local mat2 = vmath.inv(mat1)
-- M * inv(M) = identity matrix
print(mat1 * mat2) --> vmath.matrix4(1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

vmath.ortho_inv()

vmath.ortho_inv(m1)

The resulting matrix is the inverse of the supplied matrix. The supplied matrix has to be an ortho-normal matrix, e.g. describe a regular object transformation. For matrices that are not ortho-normal use the general inverse vmath.inv() instead.

PARAMETERS

m1 ortho-normalized matrix to invert

RETURNS

m inverse of the supplied matrix

EXAMPLES

local mat1 = vmath.matrix4_rotation_z(3.141592653)
local mat2 = vmath.ortho_inv(mat1)
-- M * inv(M) = identity matrix
print(mat1 * mat2) --> vmath.matrix4(1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1)

vmath.dot()

vmath.dot(v1,v2)

The returned value is a scalar defined as: P ⋅ Q = |P| |Q| cos θ where θ is the angle between the vectors P and Q.
  • If the dot product is positive then the angle between the vectors is below 90 degrees.
  • If the dot product is zero the vectors are perpendicular (at right-angles to each other).
  • If the dot product is negative then the angle between the vectors is more than 90 degrees.

PARAMETERS

v1 first vector
v2 second vector

RETURNS

n dot product

EXAMPLES

if vmath.dot(vector1, vector2) == 0 then
    -- The two vectors are perpendicular (at right-angles to each other)
    ...
end

vmath.length_sqr()

vmath.length_sqr(v)

Returns the squared length of the supplied vector or quaternion.

PARAMETERS

v value of which to calculate the squared length

RETURNS

n squared length

EXAMPLES

if vmath.length_sqr(vector1) < vmath.length_sqr(vector2) then
    -- Vector 1 has less magnitude than vector 2
    ...
end

vmath.length()

vmath.length(v)

Returns the length of the supplied vector or quaternion. If you are comparing the lengths of vectors or quaternions, you should compare the length squared instead as it is slightly more efficient to calculate (it eliminates a square root calculation).

PARAMETERS

v value of which to calculate the length

RETURNS

n length

EXAMPLES

if vmath.length(self.velocity) < max_velocity then
    -- The speed (velocity vector) is below max.

    -- TODO: max_velocity can be expressed as squared
    -- so we can compare with length_sqr() instead.
    ...
end

vmath.normalize()

vmath.normalize(v1)

Normalizes a vector, i.e. returns a new vector with the same direction as the input vector, but with length 1. The length of the vector must be above 0, otherwise a division-by-zero will occur.

PARAMETERS

v1 vector to normalize

RETURNS

v new normalized vector

EXAMPLES

local vec = vmath.vector3(1, 2, 3)
local norm_vec = vmath.normalize(vec)
print(norm_vec) --> vmath.vector3(0.26726123690605, 0.5345224738121, 0.80178368091583)
print(vmath.length(norm_vec)) --> 0.99999994039536

vmath.cross()

vmath.cross(v1,v2)

Given two linearly independent vectors P and Q, the cross product, P × Q, is a vector that is perpendicular to both P and Q and therefore normal to the plane containing them. If the two vectors have the same direction (or have the exact opposite direction from one another, i.e. are not linearly independent) or if either one has zero length, then their cross product is zero.

PARAMETERS

v1 first vector
v2 second vector

RETURNS

v a new vector representing the cross product

EXAMPLES

local vec1 = vmath.vector3(1, 0, 0)
local vec2 = vmath.vector3(0, 1, 0)
print(vmath.cross(vec1, vec2)) --> vmath.vector3(0, 0, 1)
local vec3 = vmath.vector3(-1, 0, 0)
print(vmath.cross(vec1, vec3)) --> vmath.vector3(0, -0, 0)

vmath.lerp()

vmath.lerp(t,v1,v2)

Linearly interpolate between two vectors. The function treats the vectors as positions and interpolates between the positions in a straight line. Lerp is useful to describe transitions from one place to another over time. The function does not clamp t between 0 and 1.

PARAMETERS

t interpolation parameter, 0-1
v1 vector to lerp from
v2 vector to lerp to

RETURNS

v the lerped vector

EXAMPLES

function init(self)
    self.t = 0
end

function update(self, dt)
    self.t = self.t + dt
    if self.t <= 1 then
        local startpos = vmath.vector3(0, 600, 0)
        local endpos = vmath.vector3(600, 0, 0)
        local pos = vmath.lerp(self.t, startpos, endpos)
        go.set_position(pos, "go")
    end
end

vmath.lerp()

vmath.lerp(t,q1,q2)

Linearly interpolate between two quaternions. Linear interpolation of rotations are only useful for small rotations. For interpolations of arbitrary rotations, vmath.slerp yields much better results. The function does not clamp t between 0 and 1.

PARAMETERS

t interpolation parameter, 0-1
q1 quaternion to lerp from
q2 quaternion to lerp to

RETURNS

q the lerped quaternion

EXAMPLES

function init(self)
    self.t = 0
end

function update(self, dt)
    self.t = self.t + dt
    if self.t <= 1 then
        local startrot = vmath.quat_rotation_z(0)
        local endrot = vmath.quat_rotation_z(3.141592653)
        local rot = vmath.lerp(self.t, startrot, endrot)
        go.set_rotation(rot, "go")
    end
end

vmath.lerp()

vmath.lerp(t,n1,n2)

Linearly interpolate between two values. Lerp is useful to describe transitions from one value to another over time. The function does not clamp t between 0 and 1.

PARAMETERS

t interpolation parameter, 0-1
n1 number to lerp from
n2 number to lerp to

RETURNS

n the lerped number

EXAMPLES

function init(self)
    self.t = 0
end

function update(self, dt)
    self.t = self.t + dt
    if self.t <= 1 then
        local startx = 0
        local endx = 600
        local x = vmath.lerp(self.t, startx, endx)
        go.set_position(vmath.vector3(x, 100, 0), "go")
    end
end

vmath.slerp()

vmath.slerp(t,v1,v2)

Spherically interpolates between two vectors. The difference to lerp is that slerp treats the vectors as directions instead of positions in space. The direction of the returned vector is interpolated by the angle and the magnitude is interpolated between the magnitudes of the from and to vectors. Slerp is computationally more expensive than lerp. The function does not clamp t between 0 and 1.

PARAMETERS

t interpolation parameter, 0-1
v1 vector to slerp from
v2 vector to slerp to

RETURNS

v the slerped vector

EXAMPLES

function init(self)
    self.t = 0
end

function update(self, dt)
    self.t = self.t + dt
    if self.t <= 1 then
        local startpos = vmath.vector3(0, 600, 0)
        local endpos = vmath.vector3(600, 0, 0)
        local pos = vmath.slerp(self.t, startpos, endpos)
        go.set_position(pos, "go")
    end
end

vmath.slerp()

vmath.slerp(t,q1,q2)

Slerp travels the torque-minimal path maintaining constant velocity, which means it travels along the straightest path along the rounded surface of a sphere. Slerp is useful for interpolation of rotations. Slerp travels the torque-minimal path, which means it travels along the straightest path the rounded surface of a sphere. The function does not clamp t between 0 and 1.

PARAMETERS

t interpolation parameter, 0-1
q1 quaternion to slerp from
q2 quaternion to slerp to

RETURNS

q the slerped quaternion

EXAMPLES

function init(self)
    self.t = 0
end

function update(self, dt)
    self.t = self.t + dt
    if self.t <= 1 then
        local startrot = vmath.quat_rotation_z(0)
        local endrot = vmath.quat_rotation_z(3.141592653)
        local rot = vmath.slerp(self.t, startrot, endrot)
        go.set_rotation(rot, "go")
    end
end

vmath.conj()

vmath.conj(q1)

Calculates the conjugate of a quaternion. The result is a quaternion with the same magnitudes but with the sign of the imaginary (vector) parts changed: q* = [w, -v]

PARAMETERS

q1 quaternion of which to calculate the conjugate

RETURNS

q the conjugate

EXAMPLES

local quat = vmath.quat(1, 2, 3, 4)
print(vmath.conj(quat)) --> vmath.quat(-1, -2, -3, 4)

vmath.rotate()

vmath.rotate(q,v1)

Returns a new vector from the supplied vector that is rotated by the rotation described by the supplied quaternion.

PARAMETERS

q quaternion
v1 vector to rotate

RETURNS

v the rotated vector

EXAMPLES

local vec = vmath.vector3(1, 1, 0)
local rot = vmath.quat_rotation_z(3.141592563)
print(vmath.rotate(rot, vec)) --> vmath.vector3(-1.0000002384186, -0.99999988079071, 0)

vmath.project()

vmath.project(v1,v2)

Calculates the extent the projection of the first vector onto the second. The returned value is a scalar p defined as: p = |P| cos θ / |Q| where θ is the angle between the vectors P and Q.

PARAMETERS

v1 vector to be projected on the second
v2 vector onto which the first will be projected, must not have zero length

RETURNS

n the projected extent of the first vector onto the second

EXAMPLES

local v1 = vmath.vector3(1, 1, 0)
local v2 = vmath.vector3(2, 0, 0)
print(vmath.project(v1, v2)) --> 0.5

vmath.mul_per_elem()

vmath.mul_per_elem(v1,v2)

Performs an element wise multiplication between two vectors of the same type The returned value is a vector defined as (e.g. for a vector3): v = vmath.mul_per_elem(a, b) = vmath.vector3(a.x * b.x, a.y * b.y, a.z * b.z)

PARAMETERS

v1 first vector
v2 second vector

RETURNS

v multiplied vector

EXAMPLES

local blend_color = vmath.mul_per_elem(color1, color2)