hump.vector¶
vector = require "hump.vector"
A handy 2D vector class providing most of the things you do with vectors.
You can access the individual coordinates by vec.x
and vec.y
.
Note
The vectors are stored as tables. Most operations create new vectors and thus new tables, which may put the garbage collector under stress. If you experience slowdowns that are caused by hump.vector, try the tableless version hump.vectorlight.
Example:
function player:update(dt)
local delta = vector(0,0)
if love.keyboard.isDown('left') then
delta.x = 1
elseif love.keyboard.isDown('right') then
delta.x = 1
end
if love.keyboard.isDown('up') then
delta.y = 1
elseif love.keyboard.isDown('down') then
delta.y = 1
end
delta:normalizeInplace()
player.velocity = player.velocity + delta * player.acceleration * dt
if player.velocity:len() > player.max_velocity then
player.velocity = player.velocity:normalized() * player.max_velocity
end
player.position = player.position + player.velocity * dt
end
Vector arithmetic¶
hump provides vector arithmetic by implement the corresponding metamethods
(__add
, __mul
, etc.). Here are the semantics:
vector + vector = vector
 Component wise sum: \((a,b) + (x,y) = (a+x, b+y)\)
vector  vector = vector
 Component wise difference: \((a,b)  (x,y) = (ax, by)\)
vector * vector = number
 Dot product: \((a,b) \cdot (x,y) = a\cdot x + b\cdot y\)
number * vector = vector
 Scalar multiplication/scaling: \((a,b) \cdot s = (s\cdot a, s\cdot b)\)
vector * number = vector
 Scalar multiplication/scaling: \(s \cdot (x,y) = (s\cdot x, s\cdot y)\)
vector / number = vector
 Scalar multiplication/scaling: \((a,b) / s = (a/s, b/s)\).
Common relations are also defined:
a == b
 Same as
a.x == b.x and a.y == b.y
. a <= b
 Same as
a.x <= b.x and a.y <= b.y
. a < b
 Lexicographical order:
a.x < b.x or (a.x == b.x and a.y < b.y)
.
Example:
 acceleration, player.velocity and player.position are vectors
acceleration = vector(0,9)
player.velocity = player.velocity + acceleration * dt
player.position = player.position + player.velocity * dt
Function Reference¶

vector.
new
(x, y)¶ Arguments:  x,y (numbers) – Coordinates.
Returns: The vector.
Create a new vector.
Examples:
a = vector.new(10,10)
 as a shortcut, you can call the module like a function:
vector = require "hump.vector"
a = vector(10,10)

vector.
fromPolar
(angle, radius)¶ Arguments:  angle (number) – Angle of the vector in radians.
 radius (number) – Length of the vector.
Returns: The vector in cartesian coordinates.
Create a new vector from polar coordinates.
The angle
is measured against the vector (1,0), i.e., the x axis.
Examples:
a = vector.polar(math.pi,10)

vector.
isvector
(v)¶ Arguments:  v (mixed) – The variable to test.
Returns: true
ifv
is a vector,false
otherwise.
Test whether a variable is a vector.
Example:
if not vector.isvector(v) then
v = vector(v,0)
end

vector:clone
()¶ Returns: Copy of the vector.
Copy a vector. Assigning a vector to a variable will create a reference, so when modifying the vector referenced by the new variable would also change the old one:
a = vector(1,1)  create vector
b = a  b references a
c = a:clone()  c is a copy of a
b.x = 0  changes a,b and c
print(a,b,c)  prints '(1,0), (1,0), (1,1)'
Example:
copy = original:clone()

vector:unpack
()¶ Returns: The coordinates x,y
.
Extract coordinates.
Examples:
x,y = pos:unpack()
love.graphics.draw(self.image, self.pos:unpack())

vector:permul
(other)¶ Arguments:  other (vector) – The second source vector.
Returns: Vector whose components are products of the source vectors.
Multiplies vectors coordinate wise, i.e. result = vector(a.x * b.x, a.y *
b.y)
.
Does not change either argument vectors, but creates a new one.
Example:
 scale with different magnitudes
scaled = original:permul(vector(1,1.5))

vector:len
()¶ Returns: Length of the vector.
Get length of the vector, i.e. math.sqrt(vec.x * vec.x + vec.y * vec.y)
.
Example:
distance = (a  b):len()

vector:toPolar
()¶ Returns: The vector in polar coordinates (angle, radius).
Convert the vector to polar coordinates, i.e., the angle and the radius/lenth.
Example:
 complex multiplication
p, q = a:toPolar(), b:toPolar()
c = vector(p.x+q.x, p.y*q.y)

vector:len2
()¶ Returns: Squared length of the vector.
Get squared length of the vector, i.e. vec.x * vec.x + vec.y * vec.y
.
Example:
 get closest vertex to a given vector
closest, dsq = vertices[1], (pos  vertices[1]):len2()
for i = 2,#vertices do
local temp = (pos  vertices[i]):len2()
if temp < dsq then
closest, dsq = vertices[i], temp
end
end

vector:dist
(other)¶ Arguments:  other (vector) – Other vector to measure the distance to.
Returns: The distance of the vectors.
Get distance of two vectors. The same as (a  b):len()
.
Example:
 get closest vertex to a given vector
 slightly slower than the example using len2()
closest, dist = vertices[1], pos:dist(vertices[1])
for i = 2,#vertices do
local temp = pos:dist(vertices[i])
if temp < dist then
closest, dist = vertices[i], temp
end
end

vector:dist2
(other)¶ Arguments:  other (vector) – Other vector to measure the distance to.
Returns: The squared distance of the vectors.
Get squared distance of two vectors. The same as (a  b):len2()
.
Example:
 get closest vertex to a given vector
 slightly faster than the example using len2()
closest, dsq = vertices[1], pos:dist2(vertices[1])
for i = 2,#vertices do
local temp = pos:dist2(vertices[i])
if temp < dsq then
closest, dsq = vertices[i], temp
end
end

vector:normalized
()¶ Returns: Vector with same direction as the input vector, but length 1.
Get normalized vector: a vector with the same direction as the input vector, but with length 1.
Does not change the input vector, but creates a new vector.
Example:
direction = velocity:normalized()

vector:normalizeInplace
()¶ Returns: Itself – the normalized vector
Normalize a vector, i.e. make the vector to have length 1. Great to use on intermediate results.
Warning
This modifies the vector. If in doubt, use vector:normalized()
.
Example:
normal = (b  a):perpendicular():normalizeInplace()

vector:rotated
(angle)¶ Arguments:  angle (number) – Rotation angle in radians.
Returns: The rotated vector
Get a vector with same length, but rotated by angle
:
Does not change the input vector, but creates a new vector.
Example:
 approximate a circle
circle = {}
for i = 1,30 do
local phi = 2 * math.pi * i / 30
circle[#circle+1] = vector(0,1):rotated(phi)
end

vector:rotateInplace
(angle)¶ Arguments:  angle (number) – Rotation angle in radians.
Returns: Itself – the rotated vector
Rotate a vector inplace. Great to use on intermediate results.
Warning
Yhis modifies the vector. If in doubt, use vector:rotated()
.
Example:
 ongoing rotation
spawner.direction:rotateInplace(dt)

vector:perpendicular
()¶ Returns: A vector perpendicular to the input vector
Quick rotation by 90°. Creates a new vector. The same (but faster) as
vec:rotate(math.pi/2)
:
Example:
normal = (b  a):perpendicular():normalizeInplace()

vector:projectOn
(v)¶ Arguments:  v (vector) – The vector to project on.
Returns: vector
The projected vector.
Project vector onto another vector:
Example:
velocity_component = velocity:projectOn(axis)

vector:mirrorOn
(v)¶ Arguments:  v (vector) – The vector to mirror on.
Returns: The mirrored vector.
Mirrors vector on the axis defined by the other vector:
Example:
deflected_velocity = ball.velocity:mirrorOn(surface_normal)

vector:cross
(other)¶ Arguments:  other (vector) – Vector to compute the cross product with.
Returns: number
Cross product of both vectors.
Get cross product of two vectors. Equals the area of the parallelogram spanned by both vectors.
Example:
parallelogram_area = a:cross(b)

vector:angleTo
(other)¶ Arguments:  other (vector) – Vector to measure the angle to (optional).
Returns: Angle in radians.
Measures the angle between two vectors. If other
is omitted it defaults
to the vector (0,0)
, i.e. the function returns the angle to the coordinate
system.
Example:
lean = self.upvector:angleTo(vector(0,1))
if lean > .1 then self:fallOver() end

vector:trimmed
(max_length)¶ Arguments:  max_length (number) – Maximum allowed length of the vector.
Returns: A trimmed vector.
Trim the vector to max_length
, i.e. return a vector that points in the same
direction as the source vector, but has a magnitude smaller or equal to
max_length
.
Does not change the input vector, but creates a new vector.
Example:
ship.velocity = ship.force * ship.mass * dt
ship.velocity = ship.velocity:trimmed(299792458)

vector:trimInplace
(max_length)¶ Arguments:  max_length (number) – Maximum allowed length of the vector.
Returns: Itself – the trimmed vector.
Trim the vector to max_length
, i.e. return a vector that points in the same
direction as the source vector, but has a magnitude smaller or equal to
max_length
.
Warning
Yhis modifies the vector. If in doubt, use vector:trimmed()
.
Example:
ship.velocity = (ship.velocity + ship.force * ship.mass * dt):trimInplace(299792458)