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Quaternion Functions and Operators
The functions and overloaded operators that follow are useful when you are performing
operations with two quaternions, or with a quaternion and a scalar, or a quaternion and
a vector. Here, the quaternions are assumed to be of the type Quaternion , and vectors
of the type Vector , as discussed in Appendix A .
Quaternion Addition: The + Operator
This operator performs quaternion addition by simply adding the quaternion q1 to
quaternion q2 on a component-by-component basis:
inline Quaternion operator+(Quaternion q1, Quaternion q2)
{
return Quaternion( q1.n + q2.n,
q1.v.x + q2.v.x,
q1.v.y + q2.v.y,
q1.v.z + q2.v.z);
}
Quaternion Subtraction: The − Operator
This operator performs quaternion subtraction by simply subtracting the quaternion
q2 from quaternion q1 on a component-by-component basis:
inline Quaternion operator-(Quaternion q1, Quaternion q2)
{
return Quaternion( q1.n - q2.n,
q1.v.x - q2.v.x,
q1.v.y - q2.v.y,
q1.v.z - q2.v.z);
}
Quaternion Multiplication: The * Operator
This operator performs quaternion multiplication according to the following formula:
q p = n q n p v q v p + n q v p + n p v q + ( v q × v p )
Here, n q n p v q v p is the scalar part of the result, while n q v p + n p v q + ( v q × v p ) is the
vector part. Also note that v q and v p are the vector parts of q and p , respectively, • is the
vector dot-product operator, and × is the vector cross-product operator.
Quaternion multiplication is associative but not commutative; thus:
q ( ph ) = ( qp ) h
qp pq
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