I have linear equation of Bezier curve with one control point:

f[x_] := (1 – t)^2 x0 + 2 (1 – t) t x1 + t^2 x2;
f[y_] := (1 – t)^2 y0 + 2 (1 – t) t y1 + t^2 y2;

I have a specific Bezier curve and $y$ value and I want get the corresponding $x$ point on my curve.

I have the following second-order equations:

x[t_] := a t^2 + b t + c;
y[t_] := d t^2 + e t + f;

I solve these equations and get two values for $t$ and then replace $t1$ and $t2$ in $y$ linear equation of the curve and if answer of each one equal to my input $y$. Then I replace that $t$ in $y$ linear equation of the curve and get my $x$. My problem is that sometime answer of none of $y$ linear equation of the curve is not equal to input $y$.
for example I have these values


and I want $x$ for


I try my method for some curves and I find out when $delta$ is negetive in above second-order equation it dont work right.

I don't know what is my problem.

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    – user9660
    Jan 4, 2016 at 18:27
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    – user9660
    Jan 4, 2016 at 18:28
  • $\begingroup$ Do you really mean to raise to the power of 2P0 (as your code states)? And what can the code snippet [x, y] possibly mean? And instead of x(t) to you actually mean x[t_]? And do you want to raise the value at to the second power (as your code states)? I think you have many many syntactic errors here. $\endgroup$ Jan 4, 2016 at 18:34
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    – george2079
    Jan 4, 2016 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ @george2079 I edited my question $\endgroup$
    – linux
    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:04

1 Answer 1


I hope I have understood your question correctly.

The problem is that your Bezier curve (blue) does not intersect with the line $y=10$ (red) as you can see from the following plot.

fx[t_] := (1 - t)^2 x0 + (1 - t) t x1 + t^2 x2;
fy[t_] := (1 - t)^2 y0 + (1 - t) t y1 + t^2 y2;
{x0, y1} = {1, 30};
{x1, y1} = {20, 1};
{x2, y2} = {50, 30};
y = 10;
  ParametricPlot[{fx[t], fy[t]}, {t, 0, 1}, PlotRange -> All],
  ParametricPlot[{t, y}, {t, 1, 50}, PlotStyle -> Red]}]

enter image description here

(note that the horizontal axis does not correspond to $y$=0).

However, for a different value of y you can get a solution as follows.

y = 20;
t = t /. Solve[fy[t] == y, t]

enter image description here

The variable t now contains two parameter values for which fy is equal to y; more precisely, fy[ t[[1]] ] is now equal to y and fy[ t[[2]] ] as well. The intersections are now easy to obtain:

intersection1 = {N[fx[ t[[1]] ] ], fy[ t[[1]] ]}

enter image description here

intersection2 = {N[fx[ t[[2]] ] ], fy[ t[[2]] ]}

enter image description here

Finally, you can now plot everything:

  ParametricPlot[{fx[t], fy[t]}, {t, 0, 1}, PlotRange -> All],
  ParametricPlot[{t, y}, {t, 1, 50}, PlotStyle -> Green],
  Graphics[{PointSize[Large], Magenta, Point[intersection1]}],
  Graphics[{PointSize[Large], Orange, Point[intersection2]}]}]

enter image description here


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