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# geom2d

### David Legland (view profile)

13 Jun 2005 (Updated )

Geometry library for matlab. Performs geometric computations on points, lines, circles, polygons...

intersectCircles(circle1, circle2)
```function points = intersectCircles(circle1, circle2)
%INTERSECTCIRCLES Intersection points of two circles
%
%   POINTS = intersectCircles(CIRCLE1, CIRCLE2)
%   Computes the intersetion point of the two circles CIRCLE1 and CIRCLE1.
%   Both circles are given with format: [XC YC R], with (XC,YC) being the
%   coordinates of the center and R being the radius.
%   POINTS is a 2-by-2 array, containing coordinate of an intersection
%   point on each row.
%   In the case of tangent circles, the intersection is returned twice. It
%   can be simplified by using the 'unique' function.
%
%   Example
%     % intersection points of two distant circles
%     c1 = [0  0 10];
%     c2 = [10 0 10];
%     pts = intersectCircles(c1, c2)
%     pts =
%         5   -8.6603
%         5    8.6603
%
%     % intersection points of two tangent circles
%     c1 = [0  0 10];
%     c2 = [20 0 10];
%     pts = intersectCircles(c1, c2)
%     pts =
%         10    0
%         10    0
%     pts2 = unique(pts, 'rows')
%     pts2 =
%         10    0
%
%   References
%   http://local.wasp.uwa.edu.au/~pbourke/geometry/2circle/
%   http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Circle-CircleIntersection.html
%
%
%
% ------
% Author: David Legland
% e-mail: david.legland@grignon.inra.fr
% Created: 2011-01-20,    using Matlab 7.9.0.529 (R2009b)
% Copyright 2011 INRA - Cepia Software Platform.

%   HISTORY
%   2011-06-06 add support for multiple inputs

n1 = size(circle1, 1);
n2 = size(circle2, 1);
if n1 ~= n2
if n1 > 1 && n2 == 1
circle2 = repmat(circle2, n1, 1);
elseif n2 > 1 && n1 == 1
circle1 = repmat(circle1, n2, 1);
else
error('Both input should have same number of rows');
end
end

% extract center and radius of each circle
center1 = circle1(:, 1:2);
center2 = circle2(:, 1:2);
r1 = circle1(:,3);
r2 = circle2(:,3);

% allocate memory for result
nPoints = length(r1);
points = NaN * ones(2*nPoints, 2);

% distance between circle centers
d12 = distancePoints(center1, center2, 'diag');

% get indices of circle couples with intersections
inds = d12 >= abs(r1 - r2) & d12 <= (r1 + r2);

if sum(inds) == 0
return;
end

% angle of line from center1 to center2
angle = angle2Points(center1(inds,:), center2(inds,:));

% position of intermediate point, located at the intersection of the
% radical axis with the line joining circle centers
d1m  = d12(inds) / 2 + (r1(inds).^2 - r2(inds).^2) ./ (2 * d12(inds));
tmp = polarPoint(center1(inds, :), d1m, angle);

% distance between intermediate point and each intersection point
h   = sqrt(r1(inds).^2 - d1m.^2);

% indices of valid intersections
inds2 = find(inds)*2;
inds1 = inds2 - 1;

% create intersection points
points(inds1, :) = polarPoint(tmp, h, angle - pi/2);
points(inds2, :) = polarPoint(tmp, h, angle + pi/2);
```