Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Quadlateration Trilateration formula

  1. Aug 22, 2006 #1
    I've been running some numbers based on a formula I found here:


    This formula allows you to solve for the X, Y, and Z coordinates of an object in 3d space given the distances to that object from three different known points (spheres). However it occasionally gives an inconclusive answer (or even an imaginary number).

    Is there a way to derive the X,Y, and Z coordinates using 4 points that will give a conclusive answer each time? I'm using this in a simple program I am writting and what I really need is a formula that I can plug the numbers into.
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 28, 2006 #2
    I'm sure there are formulas, but what about when all 4 points are in a plane... then any distances you give would yield 2 points. Is that the type of inclousiveness you are talking about?
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook