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Moving an object in a circular path
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I want one circle to orbit another along a pre-drawn circular path of radius 300. I know others have asked the same question, but all of those answers covered how to calculate coordinates that the object must travel through, not how to actually make the object move. This is especially tricky for me since there's no "move to a point" command in Python.

def move_circle(acircle):
    #Specifies parameters to draw the new orbital
    new_orbital = Circle(atom_center, 300) 
    new_orbital.setOutline("red")
    new_orbital.draw(win)

    #Calculates the center of the circle to be moved
    a = acircle.getCenter()
    b = a.getX()
    c = a.getY()
    for i in range(int(-b),int(b)):
        radius = 300
        theta = math.radians(i)
        x = radius*math.cos(theta)
        y = radius*math.sin(theta)
        print(x,y)

        s = (b-x)**2
        t = (c-y)**2
        d = sqrt(s+t)
(The last few lines of code are just me experimenting with the distance formula).

I can calculate the coordinates that the object must travel through, using the mathematical equation of a circle, and the coordinates seem accurate. But how do I make "acircle" move through those calculated coordinates?

Thanks!
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You can use a timer or you can use some type of ticks in main loop.
example in pygame
import pygame
import math

def move_coords(angle, radius, coords):
	theta = math.radians(angle)
	return coords[0] + radius * math.cos(theta), coords[1] + radius * math.sin(theta)

def main():
	pygame.display.set_caption("Oribit")
	screen = pygame.display.set_mode((800, 600))
	clock = pygame.time.Clock()
	
	coords = 400, 200
	angle = 0
	rect = pygame.Rect(*coords,20,20)
	speed = 50
	next_tick = 500
	
	running = True
	while running:
		for event in pygame.event.get():
			if event.type == pygame.QUIT:
				running = False
		
		ticks = pygame.time.get_ticks()	
		if ticks > next_tick:
			next_tick += speed
			angle += 1
			coords = move_coords(angle, 2, coords)
			rect.topleft = coords
			
		screen.fill((0,0,30))
		screen.fill((0,150,0), rect)
		pygame.display.flip()
		clock.tick(30)
	
	pygame.quit()

if __name__ == '__main__':
	main()
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