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Robert James Liguori
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I have two coordinates (original and new).

I need to get the bearing/heading from these two coordinates (e.g., NORTH, NORTHEAST, etc).

Can anyone point me in the right direction so I can code this up in Java. I'm using Math.atan2(), but am missing a bunch of logic.

Thanks, Robert

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Jeanne Boyarsky
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How accurate do you need to be? If the answer is it needs to be one of north, south, east, west, northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest - it seems like this could be done without any trig.

If the x is smaller on the first one than the second, you know it is north, northeast or northwest. If the y is smaller, ....

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