# Check if two segments (or vectors) are parallel

To check if two segments $S_A$ and $S_B$ are parallel, compute the vector define by each segment and check if the cross product of the vectors is a null vector First compute vectors $\vec{V_A}$ and $\vec{V_B}$ : $\vec{V_A}=\vec{P_1P_2}$ $\vec{V_B}=\vec{P_3P_4}$

Now compute the cross product : $\vec{C} = \vec{V_A} \times \vec{V_B}$ $\vec{V}$ is null if $S_A$ is null or $S_B$ is null or $S_A$ and $S_B$ are parallel.

## C++ source code


/*!
* \brief   rOc_segment::isParallel check if current segment and S are parallel
*          A null segment is necessarily considered as parallel
* \param   S is the segment to check with the current one
* \return  true the segments are parallel or at least one of the segment is null
*          false the segments are non null and not parallel
*/
bool rOc_segment::isParallel(rOc_segment S)
{
// Extract main vector
rOc_vector VA=this->vector();
rOc_vector VB=S.vector();
// If the dot product is a null vector, segments are parallel (or at least one is null)
return VA.cross(VB).isNull();
}