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Re: distance from Easter Island to Chile

From: Emanuel Berg
Subject: Re: distance from Easter Island to Chile
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:50:48 +0200
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Emanuel Berg <address@hidden> writes:

> Can you see where the first attempt fails? That looks
> like the way I perceived the formula but I get a bit
> dizzy by all those mapcars - I have the subtraction
> in the opposite order but that might be how we supply
> the arguments. Get back to you - never ending story,
> this...

Found it! The f's and l's were in the opposite (wrong)
places. Now this is 3758 as well. Everything in time...

Be sure to save your math functions. Might come in
handy some day (and not just for you).

(defun distance (l1-d f1-d l2-d f2-d)
  (interactive "nLatitude 1: \nnLongitude 1: \nnLatitude 2: \nnLongitude 2: ")
  (let ((l1 (degrees-to-radians l1-d))
        (f1 (degrees-to-radians f1-d))
        (l2 (degrees-to-radians l2-d))
        (f2 (degrees-to-radians f2-d)) )
    (message "%s"
             (* 2 6367.4447 ; Earth's radius
                  (+ (sin2 (/ (- l2 l1) 2))
                     (* (cos l2) (cos l1) (sin2 (/ (- f2 f1) 2))) )))))))

(distance 33.4500    ; Santiago
          27.1167    ; Easter Island
          )          ; phew!

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