distance_point_plane
- compas.geometry.distance_point_plane(point, plane)[source]
Compute the distance from a point to a plane defined by origin point and normal.
- Parameters
point ([float, float, float] |
compas.geometry.Point
) – Point coordinates.plane ([point, vector] |
compas.geometry.Plane
) – A point and a vector defining a plane.
- Returns
float – Distance between point and plane.
Notes
The distance from a point to a plane can be computed from the coefficients of the equation of the plane and the coordinates of the point 1.
The equation of a plane is
\[Ax + By + Cz + D = 0\]where
\begin{align} D &= - Ax_0 - Bx_0 - Cz_0 \\ Q &= (x_0, y_0, z_0) \\ N &= (A, B, C) \end{align}with \(Q\) a point on the plane, and \(N\) the normal vector at that point. The distance of any point \(P\) to a plane is the absolute value of the dot product of the vector from \(Q\) to \(P\) and the normal at \(Q\).
References
- 1
Nykamp, D. Distance from point to plane. Available at: http://mathinsight.org/distance_point_plane.
Examples
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