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## My question:  1-Newbie

## My question:

Imagine a plain (x,y) with 3 points (x1,y1), (x2,y2), (x3,y3) at it, not positioned in a line.

At each of the 3 points is fixed a straight wire with given length L1, L2, L3, protruding to z-space.

Find the spatial coordinates of the point (x,y,z), where the 3 ends of the wires can find together.

From Wolfgang Issel using MC14 on Windows 7

1 ACCEPTED SOLUTION

Accepted Solutions  24-Ruby II
(To:WolfgangIssel)

It seems to me that WOLFGANG ISSEL is asking how to find intersection point of three spheres.

MH

Martin Hanák
8 REPLIES 8  23-Emerald I
(To:WolfgangIssel)

This problem is not sufficiently defined.

Given any point not on the plane you can connect a straight line to the three points,  (Two points define a straight line.)  If the lines are normal to the plane (protruding into z-space) then they will never intersect.  24-Ruby II
(To:WolfgangIssel)

It seems to me that WOLFGANG ISSEL is asking how to find intersection point of three spheres.

MH

Martin Hanák  23-Emerald I
(To:MartinHanak)

If the lengths of the "wires" are specified then you are correct--this is the intersection point of three spheres.

Which then changes into problems for which there are n solutions, where n can be 0, 1 or ??  23-Emerald III
(To:Fred_Kohlhepp)

...2 solutions: One example with (essentially) a single solution: The red dots are the locations of the three points on the z=0 plane.

The blue cross is the projection of P on the z=0 plane.

Two solutions: Note that two solutions for P are found, symmetrically w.r.t. the z=0 plane.

And of course there's the no (real) solution: With the restriction that the three points on the z=0 plane are not on a single line, the case where you would infinite solutions (if the three points are the same, and the three lengths are the same) does not exist. "Found a singularity".

and: Ah, tricked by Maple providing only the Zero solution.

Luc  1-Newbie
(To:LucMeekes)

Hello Luc,

thank You for Your solution. Compared with the solution from F.M. and Fred K. the same results were obtained.

To be sure I verified these with a real model and also found accordance.

So my problem is solved in a very fast and elegant way.

Greetings from Wolfgang Issel  1-Newbie
(To:Fred_Kohlhepp)

Hello Fred,

thank You for Your solution. I compared it with the solution from F.M. and got the same results. To be sure I verified these with a real model and also found accordance.

So my problem is solved in a fast and elegant way.

Greetings from Wolfgang Issel  21-Topaz II
(To:WolfgangIssel)

It seems to me, insted,  that hi is looking for the coordinates of the point P represented in the figure, knowing the coordinates of the three points P1, P2, P3 lying on the plane z = 0, and the lengths L1, L2 and L3: : in other words: of course you have to avoid the imaginary solutions.  1-Newbie
(To:-MFra-)

Hello F.M.,

thank You for Your solution and Your MC-Sheet. I compared it with the solution of Fred Kohlhepp and got the same results. I also found accordance when I verified these with a real model (straight wires with given length starting at there respectively coordinates).

So my problem is solved in a fast and elegant way and I can continue my work.

Greetings from Wolfgang Issel 