[kde-edu]: kig: "locking" a line

Noel Bush noel at x-31.com
Wed Jul 6 04:56:13 CEST 2005

Thank you!  The techniques for constraining a point to a line and a 
circle work great.  I saw some mention of that in the documentation but 
I wasn't clear on how it was done.  Your explanation is perfect.

Haven't tried the Python hack yet, but I will.

Kig is a great program.

Maurizio Paolini wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 02, 2005 at 09:49:09PM -0400, Noel Bush wrote:
>>I have a simple scenario I want to demonstrate using kig, yet I'm not 
>>sure how:
>>I want to set up a right triangle, with legs on the positive x and y 
>>axes, and then I want to move the rightmost vertex horizontally.  I want 
>>to show how the angle between the hypotenuse and the bottom leg changes 
>>as I move this vertex.  And I want to show how the sine, cosine and 
>>tangent change as this vertex moves.
> How to constrain a point
> there is just one way to do that: 
> - create a line coinciding with the x-axis
> (click on "line" and on a couple of points on the x-axis; you can hold down
> the left "shift" key to help positioning the two points exactly on the
> x-axis)
> - create a point constrained on that line: click on "point" and then select
> a point on the straight line with the mouse; check that it is constrained
> by trying to move it.
> - you can not make the straight line (and the two defining points) invisible
> - you can force the point to lie on the positive x-axis by creating a "ray"
> instead of a straight line.
> You second question regards making computations in kig.  This is at the
> moment quite tricky, unfortunately... we have plans to include a way of doing
> that in future versions, but at the moment this is not easy to do.
> The most powerful way for obtaining computations is by using "python scripting";
> you can construct a python script that takes in input e.g. two segments
> (two sides of the triangle) and computes the ratio of their length.  Unfortunately
> at the moment a python script can only output geometric objects, not a simple
> number.  You can work around this problem by returning a point having appropriate
> x-coordinate and then you can create a "text" that displays such x-coordinate.
> Here is an example:
> def calc( arg1, arg2 ):
>   l1 = arg1.length()
>   l2 = arg2.length()
>   return Point (Coordinate(l1/l2,0.0))
> In many cases there are geometric constructions that allow to compute the
> required quantities; in your case you can construct a similar right triangle
> having its long edge of unit length, then measure the two remaining sides;
> in this way you can avoid using the "python scripting" of kig.
>>I would also love to know how to do something similar, but with an angle 
>>in standard position: rotate a fixed-length ray (the terminal side of 
>>the angle) around the origin.
> Create the unit circle and then constrain a point on it...
> Maurizio Paolini
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