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1. ## Help needed, please . javascript math calculation

Hi im construction engineer and trying to build web app for my use. program to calculate distance and bearing between two points. it is thing i use quite frequently. so i ve done distance bit, but cannot work out bearing part of it.
by the way i have program written in basic for casio calculator. so im trying kinda convert it into js and html. Please i need help. would be very thankful.

function writeText (form) {

var E1=form.inputbox1.value; ----this is where i get coordinates for two
var N1=form.inputbox2.value; points
var E2=form.inputbox3.value;
var N2=form.inputbox4.value;
var E;
var N;

E=(E2-E1)*(E2-E1);
N=(N2-N1)*(N2-N1);

form.inputbox5.value = Math.sqrt(E+N); ///thats the distance calculation.

}

var B;

if ((N2-N1)<0) {

B = Math.atan((E2-E1)/(N2-N1)+180);
}
else if ((N2-N1)>0) {
B = Math.atan((E2-E1)/(N2-N1));
}
else if (E>0) {
B=90;
}
else {
B=270;
return B;
}

if (form.inputbox6.value<0){
form.inputbox6.value+360=Bearing}
}

2. You must not change the positions of the two operands of the = assignment operator. Left hand side must be a simple variable name whereas the right hand side can be any expression
Code:
Bearing = form.inputbox6.value+360

3. hi thanx for ur reply, appreciate that.

if u had couple minutes would look thru this for me, i get error, i could do with few tips, to direct me the right way.

thats my html
<form name="myform">Eastings 1:<input type="text" name="inputbox1" value="">
<br>Northings 1:<input type="text" name="inputbox2" value="">
<br>
<br>Eastings 2:<input type="text" name="inputbox3" value="">
<br>Northings 2:<input type="text" name="inputbox4" value="">
<br>
<br>Distance:<input type="text" name="inputbox5" value="">
<br>
<br>Bearing:<input type="text" name="inputbox6" value="">
<br>
<input type="button" name="button" value="Calculate" onclick="writeText(this.form)">
</form>

and js

function writeText (form) {

var E1=form.inputbox1.value;
var N1=form.inputbox2.value;
var E2=form.inputbox3.value;
var N2=form.inputbox4.value;
var E;
var N;

E=(E2-E1)*(E2-E1);
N=(N2-N1)*(N2-N1);

form.inputbox5.value = Math.sqrt(E+N);
}

var B;

if ((N2-N1)<0) {

B = Math.atan((E2-E1)/(N2-N1)+180);
}
else if ((N2-N1)>0) {
B = Math.atan((E2-E1)/(N2-N1));
}
else if (E>0) {
B=90;
}
else {
B=270;

}

if (form.inputbox6.value<0){
Bearing=form.inputbox6.value+360}
}

thanx again appreciate u spendin time on it

4. Your error might have something to do with your "weird" bracketing. Your function writeText() ends in line 14, the rest is outside of the function in the global scope and will be executed BEFORE the function. All the variables local to the function (like E1, N1, E2, N2, E and N) will not be available there.

I see no place where you actually call the function.

The } curly bracket in the end doesn't have a matching opening { curly bracket.

Btw, please use the [ code ] and [ /code ] (without spaces) to post code here. You can easily achieve that by clicking on the # octathorpe symbol (not the #i symbol) above the text box.

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pixomanic (02-28-2012)

6. ## Thanx

thanx again, after ur fair comment about my 'weird' syntax i decided to go back to the book, anyway i managed to get it working but it returns in radians, cant get conversion formula to work /radians*(180/PI) /

Code:
<html>
<body>

<script type="text/javascript">
function writeText (form) {

var E1=form.inputbox1.value;
var N1=form.inputbox2.value;
var E2=form.inputbox3.value;
var N2=form.inputbox4.value;
var E;
var N;

E=(E2-E1)*(E2-E1);
N=(N2-N1)*(N2-N1);

form.inputbox5.value = Math.sqrt(E+N);

var e;
var n;

e=E2-E1;
n=N2-N1;

var B;
var b;

b=e/n;

if (n<0) { B = Math.atan(b)+180; }
else if (n>0) { B = Math.atan(b);  }
else if (e>0) { B=90; }
else {B=270; }
if (B<0){B=B+360; }

return B;
// form.inputbox6.value = B;

}
var A
A=B*(180/PI)
form.inputbox6.value = A;

</script>
<form name="myform">Eastings 1:<input type="text" name="inputbox1" value="">
<br>Northings 1:<input type="text" name="inputbox2" value="">
<br>
<br>Eastings 2:<input type="text" name="inputbox3" value="">
<br>Northings 2:<input type="text" name="inputbox4" value="">
<br>
<br>Distance:<input type="text" name="inputbox5" value="">
<br>
<br>Bearing:<input type="text" name="inputbox6" value="">
<br>
<input type="button" name="button" value="Calculate" onclick="writeText(this.form)">
</form>
</body>
</html>

7. This is because PI is not defined. Use Math.PI instead
Code:
A=B*(180/Math.PI)

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pixomanic (02-28-2012)

9. ## Thanx

Thank you very much for all ur help, excellent stuff.
much appreciated.

Andy