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02-10-2012 05:52 AM

Hi Guys,

I am a beta tester for AutoCAD, but I have a problem I would like some help with. I am creating a calculator that solves the right angled triangle for my CAD students. I have programmed it in VB.NET, all you have to enter are two known quantities to get the other results. It all works ok apart from entering 'B+a' and 'C+a', with these two I am getting weird results. (see attached image)

I am using the 3,4,5 triangle to test the software. Any help would be much appreciated.

Regards,

Steve.

Here is the code I have for the application:

Imports System.String

Imports System.Math

Public Class Form1

Dim angleA As Single = 90

Dim angleB As Single

Dim angleC As Single

Dim sidea As Single

Dim sideb As Single

Dim sidec As Single

Private Sub NumericUpDown1_ValueChanged(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles NumericUpDown1.ValueChanged

Controls.Add(NumericUpDown1)

End Sub

Public Function isItNullString(ByVal value) As Boolean

If value = "" Then

Return True

Else

Return False

End If

End Function

Public Sub pythagoreanTheoremThings()

If sideb = 0 Then

sideb = Math.Sqrt((sidea * sidea) - (sidec * sidec))

TextBoxSideb.Text = sideb

ElseIf sidea = 0 Then

sidea = Math.Sqrt((sideb * sideb) + (sidec * sidec))

TextBoxSidea.Text = sidea

ElseIf sidec = 0 Then

sidec = Math.Sqrt((sidea * sidea) - (sideb * sideb))

TextBoxSidec.Text = sidec

End If

End Sub

Public Sub angleSums()

If angleC = 0 And angleB <> 0 Then

angleC = 180 - angleA - angleB

TextBoxAngleC.Text = angleC

End If

If angleB = 0 And angleC <> 0 Then

angleB = 180 - angleA - angleC

TextBoxAngleB.Text = angleB

End If

End Sub

Public Sub angleBasWorkingAngle()

'Angle B and side b known, find side a

If angleB <> 0 Then

sidea = sideb / Sin(degreesToRadians(angleB))

TextBoxSidea.Text = sidea

End If

'Angle B and side c known, find side b

If angleB <> 0 And sidec <> 0 Then

sideb = sidec * Tan(degreesToRadians(angleB))

TextBoxSideb.Text = sideb

End If

End Sub

Public Sub findangleC()

If angleC = 0 Then

'cos

angleC = radiansToDegrees(Acos(sideb / sidea))

TextBoxAngleC.Text = angleC

End If

End Sub

Public Sub feedValues()

If Not isItNullString(TextBoxSideb.Text) Then

sideb = TextBoxSideb.Text

Else

sideb = 0

End If

If Not isItNullString(TextBoxSidea.Text) Then

sidea = TextBoxSidea.Text

Else

sidea = 0

End If

If Not isItNullString(TextBoxSidec.Text) Then

sidec = TextBoxSidec.Text

Else

sidec = 0

End If

If Not isItNullString(TextBoxAngleC.Text) Then

angleC = TextBoxAngleC.Text

Else

angleC = 0

End If

If Not isItNullString(TextBoxAngleB.Text) Then

angleB = TextBoxAngleB.Text

Else

angleB = 0

End If

End Sub

Public Function degreesToRadians(ByVal degrees As Double) As Double

Dim radians As Double

radians = (Math.PI * degrees) / 180

Return radians

End Function

Public Function radiansToDegrees(ByVal radians As Double) As Double

Dim degrees As Double

degrees = radians * (180 / Math.PI)

Return degrees

End Function

#Region " Calculate all Data "

Private Sub btnCalc_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnCalc.Click

For aaa As Integer = 0 To 2 'I just repeated this 6 times because I have a lot of processing power

'you can do it twice.

feedValues()

pythagoreanTheoremThings()

angleSums()

angleBasWorkingAngle()

findangleC()

Next

End Sub

#End Region

#Region " Clear all input boxes "

Public Sub ClearTextBox(ByVal root As Control)

For Each ctrl As Control In root.Controls

ClearTextBox(ctrl)

If TypeOf ctrl Is TextBox Then

CType(ctrl, TextBox).Text = String.Empty

End If

Next ctrl

End Sub

#End Region

Private Sub btnClear_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnClear.Click

ClearTextBox(Me)

End Sub

Private Sub btnExit_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnExit.Click

Me.Close()

End Sub

End Class

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02-10-2012 06:12 AM in reply to:
SteveHeather7776

hi steve

how do you ensure conditions a > b and a > c when user inputs?

felix

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02-10-2012 06:17 AM in reply to:
FFlix

Well I should have said from the start, I am new to VB.NET, sorry. I am a CAD peron through and through, but when it comes to this I am not so good.

So to your answer, I am not sure, sorry.

I picked most of the code up from different examples, and sort of figured other bits out myself, I am one of those who learns by trial and error, or seeing examples and modifying from there. So I am relying on you guys to steer me in the right direction.

Thanks.

Steve

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02-10-2012 06:41 AM in reply to:
SteveHeather7776

no worries, i refer to the bit where you take the square root of the 2 variables the user chooses to put in, to calculate the missing 3rd in the triangle: as long as side a is larger than side b and also larger than side c it should work, however, should side a not be the largest side, the code could result in a square root of a negative number. to avoid this risk, restrictions are needed on the respective relative size of a, b and c to enforce that a > b and a > c. (this would explain why you get a 'correct' result for b and c, as the [assumed] smaller sides, they are being *added* for the square root.)

something else to look out for is that the code doesn't know whether the triangle is in fact a rectengular one, as needed for pythargoras to hold true, i.e. taking the sqare root of the difference in sqares, it simple 'makes' it a rectangular one. (whether that's relevant here, i don't know.)

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02-10-2012 06:52 AM in reply to:
FFlix

Thanks Felix I do understand that, so have you any suggestions how I would code this to correct your suggestions?

Steve.

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02-10-2012 08:44 AM in reply to:
SteveHeather7776

more specifically, something like:

public sub pythagorean theorem()

if sideb = 0 then

if sidea > sidec then sqrt(squarea - sqaurec) ' continue as expected

else ' swap sides before continue

storesidea = sidea

sidea=sidec

sidec=storesidea

sqrt(squarea - sqaurec)

endif

endif

... analogously for sidea > sideb

alternatively, i believe you could mask the input values with the form which sends the values in the 1st place, but that's not really much to do with acad anymore. hope this is closer to what you're looking for

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02-10-2012 09:23 AM in reply to:
FFlix

Hi Felix,

I tried your suggestion but it doesn't like it, I am using VB Studio 2010.

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02-10-2012 10:41 AM in reply to:
SteveHeather7776

Hi,

The first is the first, before to solve a Pythagoras, you should check if the triplet (a,b,c) form a triangle, this is tested using the "Triangle Inequality" : the sum of any pair of sides must be greater than the other side (if equal it's a degenerated triangle, a line in this case):

Function IsTriangle(a as double,b as double, c as double) as Boolean

If (a+b > c) andAlso (a+c > b) andAlso (c+b > a) then

return True

Else

return False

End function

Now fix the position of the sides and be coherent with that, use a,b for the sides (or legs) and c for the hypotenuse, and check for that in the imput handler (just check if c > a And c > b) if not, then alert. And now evaluate Pythagoras to check if the input values conform a stright triangle.

Gaston Nunez

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02-10-2012 11:06 AM in reply to:
SteveHeather7776

to round of my previous comments - and i apologise if this is too basic:

in vs, place a breakpoint at the beginning of your code and use F8 to 'step' through each line as you debug. move the cursor over variables in the line that you are on or have just passed to check its value. this should give you an indication of exactly where values are as expected and where they are not what they should be, and eventually where exceptions are thrown and the conclusion why. (i don't know if this applies to the express version of vs.)

with regards to autocad and .net, this is the prefered point of 1st contact, if youl like:

http://docs.autodesk.com/ACD/2011/ENU/filesMDG/WS1

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02-10-2012 11:10 AM in reply to:
gasty1001

Thanks for all your help guys, but I do not have a clue what it is you are talking about. Sorry.

What I have so far:

If i use the 3,4,5 as an example, and put in these known factors, this is what I get:

I enter side c as 4, side b as 3, press calculate and it gives me; c=4, b=3, a=5, angle B = 36.87, angle C = 53.13. So for a 3,4,5 triangle that is correct.

If I enter angle B as 36.87, and side c as 4, press calculate and it gives me all the correct answers. I can do this with all the combinations of two inputs apart from;

angle B and side a

angle C and side a

Both come out as if you were dividing the sides by the Sine.

I hope that is not too confusing, because I think I have just confused myself.

Steve.

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