# Vector2

`geometrycentral::Vector2`

is the basic 2D vector type in geometry central. Like a good turkey sandwich, it aims to be unsurprising yet satisfying.

Of particular interest, `Vector2`

is also used to encode 2D rotations, by supporting multiplication as a complex number. See the rotations section.

`#include "geometrycentral/vector2.h"`

### Construction

`Vector2`

is a POD type, so you should use brace-initialization sytax:

#include "geometrycentral/vector2.h using namespace geometrycentral; Vector2 myVec{3.8, 2.9}; //create myVec = Vector2{1.1, 2.2}; // reassign

Factory methods can construct a few common values:

`static Vector2 Vector2::zero()`

Returns the zero vector

`static Vector2 Vector2::constant(double c)`

Returns a vector with all components set to c

`static Vector2 Vector2::infinity()`

Returns the infinite vector (\infty, \infty).

`static Vector2 Vector2::undefined()`

Returns the undefined vector `(NaN, NaN)`

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And serve as constructors:

`static Vector2 Vector2::fromAngle(double theta)`

Returns the vector (\cos(\theta), \sin(\theta)).

`static Vector2 Vector2::fromComplex(std::complex<double> c)`

Converts a `std::complex<double>`

to a `Vector2`

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### Access

The two elements of the vector can be accessed as `vec.x`

and `vec.y`

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Alternately, the two elements can be indexed as `vec[0]`

and `vec[1]`

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### Conversion

`Vector2::operator std::complex<double>()`

`Vector2`

is implicitly convertible to `std::complex<double>`

.

`Vector2::operator<<()`

`Vector2`

can be serialized.

Vector2 v{1.2, 3.4}; std::cout << v << std::endl; // prints something like: <1.2, 3.4>

### Arithmetic

Vector2 supports the element-wise addition, subraction, and scalar multiplication you would probably expect.

#### Rotations and complex multiplication

Our `Vector2`

types further obey the multiplication and division rules of complex arithmetic, and thus can be used to represent rotations. For instance, a unit 2D vector representing a rotation can be used to rotate another vector like:

Vector2 v = /* your vector */ Vector2 r = Vector2::fromAngle(PI/4); // rotation by 45 degrees Vector2 vRot = r * v;

### Member operations

These methods *do not* change the underlying `Vector2`

, but return a new `Vector2`

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Vector2 vec{1., 2.}; vec.rotate90(); // does nothing vec = vec.rotate90(); // much better

`Vector2 Vector2::normalize()`

Returns a unit-norm vector with the same direction. If the input is the zero vector, the result will contain NaNs.

`Vector2 Vector2::rotate(double theta)`

Rotate the vector by angle \theta in the counter-clockwise direction.

`Vector2 Vector2::rotate90()`

Rotate the vector by 90^{\circ} in the counter-clockwise direction.

`Vector2 Vector2::pow(double p)`

Raise the vector to a real power, in the sense of complex arithmetic. (see std::pow)

`Vector2 Vector2::pow(Vector2 p)`

Raise the vector to a complex power, in the sense of complex arithmetic. (see std::pow)

`Vector2 Vector2::conj()`

Transform the vector to its complex conjugate, negating the `y`

component.

`Vector2 Vector2::inv()`

Invert the vector, in the sense of complex arithmetic. Equivalent to `Vector2{1., 0.} / v`

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### Function operations

These operations do not change the vector on which they are called.

`double norm(Vector2 v)`

Returns the magnitude of the vector.

Also available as `v.norm()`

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`double norm2(Vector2 v)`

Returns the squared magnitude of the vector.

Also available as `v.norm()`

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`Vector2 unit(Vector2 v)`

Returns normalized copy of the vector.

`double arg(Vector2 v)`

Returns the argument in the sense of complex arithmetic (i.e., the angle against the x-axis).

Also available as `v.arg()`

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`double dot(Vector2 u, Vector2 v)`

Returns the dot product between two vectors.

`double cross(Vector2 u, Vector2 v)`

Returns the “cross” product between two vectors, that is `u.x * v.y - u.y * v.x`

. Intuitively, the z-component of the 3D cross product of vectors in the plane.

`Vector3 cross3(Vector2 u, Vector2 v)`

Returns the 3D cross product of vectors in the plane.

`double angle(Vector2 u, Vector2 v)`

Returns the angle between two not-necessarily-unit vectors. Output in the range [0, \pi].

`Vector2 clamp(Vector2 val, Vector2 low, Vector2 high)`

Returns returns a a vector where each component has been clamped to be between the corresponding compnents of `low`

and `high`

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`Vector2 componentwiseMin(Vector2 u, Vector2 v)`

Returns a new vector, each component of which is the minimum of that component in `u`

and `v`

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`Vector2 componentwiseMax(Vector2 u, Vector2 v)`

Returns a new vector, each component of which is the maximum of that component in `u`

and `v`

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### Properties

`bool isfinite(Vector2 u)`

Returns true if both of the components of the vector are finite.

Note: this function is intentionally not camel-cased out of solidarity with `std::isfinite()`

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Also available as `u.isFinite()`

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`bool isDefined(Vector2 u)`

Returns true if both of the components of the vector are not NaN.

Also available as `u.isDefined()`

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