# The mathematics¶

The BrachioGraph object contains two trigonometric methods, to translate x/y co-ordinates of the pen into angles of the
motors and vice-versa. Using the example illustrated below, the arms are both 9cm long and the pen is at `x=4, y=10`

.

## Translating co-ordinates to angles¶

The `xy_to_angles()`

method receives x and y co-ordinates as arguments. First we find a line from the origin (the
shoulder motor) to the pen, and its angle from the y-axis:

```
hypotenuse = math.sqrt(x ** 2 + y ** 2)
hypotenuse_angle = math.asin(x/hypotenuse)
```

Given `x=4, y=10`

, `hypotenuse`

is 10.77, and its angle from the y-axis (`hypotenuse_angle`

) is 21.8 degrees
(0.38 radians).

The hypotenuse line, the inner arm and the outer arm form a second triangle. All their lengths are known, so we can find the angle between the line of the hypotenuse of the first triangle and the inner arm:

```
inner_angle = math.acos(
(hypotenuse ** 2 + self.INNER_ARM ** 2 - self.OUTER_ARM ** 2) / (2 * hypotenuse * self.INNER_ARM)
)
```

which is 53.25 degrees. The `hypotenuse_angle`

minus the `inner_angle`

gives us the angle of the shoulder motor
(from the y-axis):

```
shoulder_motor_angle = hypotenuse_angle - inner_angle
```

in other words, -31.45 degrees. So now we know what angle to set the shoulder motor to.

And similarly, we can find the angle at the elbow, between the inner and outer arms:

```
outer_angle = math.acos(
(self.INNER_ARM ** 2 + self.OUTER_ARM ** 2 - hypotenuse ** 2) / (2 * self.INNER_ARM * self.OUTER_ARM)
)
```

The angle of the outer arm relative to the inner arm is 180 degrees (or π radians) minus the `outer_angle`

:

```
elbow_motor_angle = math.pi - outer_angle
```

Finally we convert the angle values to degrees and return them:

```
return (math.degrees(shoulder_motor_angle), math.degrees(elbow_motor_angle))
```

## Translating angles to co-ordinates¶

Obtaining angles from co-ordinates is essentially the reverse process, in `angles_to_xy()`

. This method isn’t
actually used in the `BrachioGraph`

, but can be useful when experimenting.