Getting Vpython to run 2 moving objects is tricky as it tends to focus on only one. The answer I have used is to 'Flip-Flop' between the 2 blocks of code running each object; Set up 2 values for the flip-flop K & P. At the end of each nested 'While' P will be incramented (p=p+1). K is the remainder of P/2 (k=p%2). If k = 0 Flip! If k != 0 Flop!. I haven't got it to recognise a 'collision' event yet; & that is very Frustrating!

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from visual import *
#VPython copes with 2 objects mooving BUT only if make it flip-flop between them!
# I have re-cycled a program from the VPython tutorial "A Ball in a Box".
#Try as I might I can't get a 'colission event' to react!
#
# #Setting the seen, a hollow box created from 6 thin boxes. #
wallR = box(pos=(6,0,0), size=(0.1,12,12), color=color.green, opacity=0.2) #
walll = box(pos=(-6,0,0), size=(0.1,12,12), color=color.green, opacity=0.2) #
wallt = box(pos=(0,6,0), size=(12,0.1,12), color=color.red, opacity=0.2) #
wallbt = box(pos=(0,-6,0), size=(12,0.1,12), color=color.red, opacity=0.2) #
wallbk = box(pos=(0,0,-6), size=(12,12,0.1), color=color.blue, opacity=0.2) #
wallf = box(pos=(0,0,6), size=(12,12,0.1), color=color.white, opacity=0.2) #
#
#Creating 2 balls; position,size,colour,tail,velocity. #
cyanball = sphere(pos=(5,5,5), radius=0.5, color=color.cyan)#
cyanball.trail = curve(color=cyanball.color) #
cyanball.velocity = vector(3,3,3) #
# #
redball = sphere(pos=(-5,-5,-5), radius=0.5, color=color.red)#
redball.trail = curve(color=redball.color) #
redball.velocity = vector(-3,-3,-3) #
#
deltat = 0.005 #settig the timing.
t = 0 #
#
while t < 20:
p=0 #Setting up 2 values for the flip-flop. At the end of each nested 'While'
k = 0 #P will be incramented (p=p+1). K is the remainder of P/2 (k=p%2).
#If k = 0 Flip! If k != 0 Flop!
while k==0:
#flipping & Running cyanball!
cyanball.pos = cyanball.pos + cyanball.velocity*deltat
cyanball.trail.append(pos=cyanball.pos, retain=200)
if cyanball.pos.x < -5.6: #Testing for collisions
cyanball.velocity.x = -cyanball.velocity.x #with eack wall & bouncing!
if cyanball.pos.x > 5.6:
cyanball.velocity.x = -cyanball.velocity.x
if cyanball.pos.y < -5.6:
cyanball.velocity.y = -cyanball.velocity.y
if cyanball.pos.y > 5.6:
cyanball.velocity.y = -cyanball.velocity.y
if cyanball.pos.z < -5.6:
cyanball.velocity.z = -cyanball.velocity.z
if cyanball.pos.z > 5.6:
cyanball.velocity.z = -cyanball.velocity.z
t = t + deltat
p = p + 1
k = p % 2
rate(400)
while k!=0:
#Flopping & Running redball!
redball.pos = redball.pos + redball.velocity*deltat
redball.trail.append(pos=redball.pos, retain=200)
if redball.pos.x < -5.6:
redball.velocity.x = -redball.velocity.x
if redball.pos.x > 5.6:
redball.velocity.x = -redball.velocity.x
if redball.pos.y < -5.6:
redball.velocity.y = -redball.velocity.y
if redball.pos.y > 5.6:
redball.velocity.y = -redball.velocity.y
if redball.pos.z < -5.6:
redball.velocity.z = -redball.velocity.z
if redball.pos.z > 5.6:
redball.velocity.z = -redball.velocity.z
t = t + deltat
p=p+1
k = p % 2
rate(400)
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Hi I've just started teaching myself Python & Vpython. Started simple with 'A ball bouncing in a box'. Then I tried 2 balls but it wouldn't work so I ended up with this solution! But I haven't got it to recognise a 'collision' event yet; & that is very Frustrating! Any ideas? Have fun! d0m.

Hi Yes it shows I'm a newbie! My young son took one look at this & said "why not put it all under one 'while'" & he was rite! Just goes to show the have a quicker grasp of this than us oldies {60yrs}! Have fun. d0m.