Getting the Normal for a polygon.
A quick question, how can I get the normal for a polygon if all I have is the (x,y,z) for the 4 corners of said polygon? Any links that would explain the math behind this would also be appreciative.
Thanks!
Thanks!
First, you need to think about whether the 4points of the polygon are coplanar (i.e. they lie in the same plane). If not, you can't define a single face normal for the polygon since it's not flat.
In general, 3 points in space can be used to define a plane, so pick three points on your plane (three of the vertices, call them A,B,C). Construct vectors AB and AC (any combinations will do). Take the vector cross product of AB & AC and you will get a vector that is normal (perpendicular) to the plane. Depending on your needs you may wish to normalise the vector by scaling it by 1/normal_length so it has unit magnitude.
Cheers
 Iain
In general, 3 points in space can be used to define a plane, so pick three points on your plane (three of the vertices, call them A,B,C). Construct vectors AB and AC (any combinations will do). Take the vector cross product of AB & AC and you will get a vector that is normal (perpendicular) to the plane. Depending on your needs you may wish to normalise the vector by scaling it by 1/normal_length so it has unit magnitude.
Cheers
 Iain
Ah! That was just enough information to get it working! Thanks a ton.
It's not a polygon if the points aren't coplanar.
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