"brian adams" <adamsbriand@yahoo.com> wrote in message <i3hlf0$olk$1@fred.mathworks.com>...
> In 2space, I have a three points:
> c, the ctr
> p, an arbitrary point, and
> v, a point indicating a direction (as a vector from the ctr to v).
>
> I need to determine whether the point p is in the forward direction of the vector v from the center point, c.
>
> I have gotten this to work by means of the law of cosines to determine the angle between the the vectors, pc and vc. I needed to calculate the distances between the three points, apply acos, and determine if the abs of the angle is <= 90.
>
> However, this method is computational intensive for the number of points for which I need to perform this operation.
>
> Is there a less computationally intensive means by which to determine this?
      
If dot(pc,vc) > 0, then p is in the "forward" direction if I interpret you correctly. No need to find the angle or the lengths of the vectors.
Roger Stafford
