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During the game development process it is always necessary to dig into a little algebra to calculate angles and velocities. In this video we talk about the math needed to figure out the direction and speed of a bullet.
Further Explanation

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At some point in the game development process, you will

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be required to use just a little bit of math.

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Today we'll be asking you to dig into

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your algebra skills to figure out shooting trajectories.

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So before you write the code, let's talk about the plan and what equations we're

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going to use to figure out the

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shooting trajectory and the speed of the projectile.

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Our game will use a simple one touch mechanic for interaction, where the

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player touches is ultimately where we would like our projectile to go through.

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I say go through, because the projectile should

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not stop where the player touched the screen.

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It should continue until out of sight of

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the player or until it crashes into something.

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For example, a space dog.

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[NOISE] When the player touches the screen,

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we will know the location on a grid.

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Our X and Y origin is in the bottom left hand corner of the screen.

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This also happens to be our scene's anchor point.

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We want a projectile to go from the red point,

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which is right above our machine, to the blue point where

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the player touch the screen and then continue off the screen

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to a yellow point, we'll call this an off screen point.

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Likewise, if a player touches on the other side of the

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screen, or the right side of the screen, we want the

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projectile to go from the red point through the blue point

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and continue until out of sight, or to the off screen point.

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In order to achieve all this, we will need to know a little bit about line equations.

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The first thing to know about any straight line is the slope.

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This is by definition how fast the line raises from

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the X axis as it goes outwards in either direction.

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Slope can be calculated with rise over run, or

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the change in Y divided by the change in X.

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If we take the red point as x1 and y1 and the blue point

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as x3 and y3, then we can calculate the slope to y3

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minus y1 divided by x3 minus x1.

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Now that we know the slope of the line, we can calculate

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the line's equation by using the Point Slope form of a line equation.

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You would choose either the red dot or blue dot plus the

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slope we had previously, to find an equation that matches the green line.

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The point of the equation is to find the Y value given any X value.

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This will help us determine the yellow point which

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is off screen to set the trajectory of our projectile.

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For the game, we'll be using minus ten for the X

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value as the point off screen on the left hand side.

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If the player touches the screen on the right side, then we

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can set our X value as the width of the screen plus ten.

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We can now plug that into our equation to get our Y value

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of the yellow point, so that the

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projectile can travel off screen as desired.

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Once we have direction, then the only other missing piece to

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simulating an projectile is the speed at which it will travel.

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In order to calculate a constant speed over varying distances, we will

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need to know the distance that we want the projectile to travel.

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We can use the Pythagoreans theorem to calculate the

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distance from the red point to the yellow point.

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The Pythagorean's Theorem states A square plus B square is equal to C square.

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If look at the green line as C and the other lines

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as A and B, we can easily calculate the distance of C.

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A is simple.

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The Y value of the yellow point minus the Y value of the red point.

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And B is the X value of the yellow point minus the X value of the red point.

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Squaring will remove any negative values so we need not worry.

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If we square both sides of our equation, then we get C on

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one side and just have to plug in values for the left side.

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Now that we finally have our distance, we can calculate the speed.

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Speed is distance divided by time.

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Or we can look at it as time is distance divided by speed.

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If we want all our projectiles to go at the

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same speed, then the time will vary, and it will

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tell us how long our projectile should take to travel

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from the red point to the yellow point in all cases.

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In our next video, we will put our

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math skills to work and code in our trajectories.
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