# Forum: Ruby Re: Trouble migrating formula from JavaScript to Ruby

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on 2006-04-27 12:23
```Ingo Weiss:

# //JavaScript:
# dlng = p2_lng - p1_lng
# dlat = p2_lat - p1_lat
# a = (sin(dlat/2))^2 + cos(p1_lat) * cos(p2_lat) * (sin(dlon/2))^2
# c = 2 * atan2( sqrt(a), sqrt(1-a) )
# distance = R * c (where R is the radius of the Earth)
#
#
# #Ruby:
# dlng = p2_lng - p1_lng
# dlat = p2_lat - p1_lat
# a = (Math.sin(dlat/2))**2 + Math.cos(p1_lat) * Math.cos(p2_lat) *
# (Math.sin(dlng/2))**2
# c = 2 * Math.atan2( Math.sqrt(a), Math.sqrt(1-a) )
# distance = 6373 * c #(radius of the Earth: 6373km
#
#
# Any idea why the Ruby one returns incorrect numbers?

1) can you post sample running codes on both? (eg what are the values of
p2_lang, etc)

2) do you have test cases? (so we know what to expect)

kind regards -botp```
on 2006-04-27 12:45
```PeÃ±a wrote:
> # #Ruby:
> # dlng = p2_lng - p1_lng
> # dlat = p2_lat - p1_lat
> # a = (Math.sin(dlat/2))**2 + Math.cos(p1_lat) * Math.cos(p2_lat) *
>
is dlng a typo, the first formula uses dlon?```
on 2006-04-27 17:35
```Turned out that I needed to convert the numbers to radians. Here is the
code that worked:

#Calculate distance between 2 coordinate points (decimal lat/lng),
expressed in km
#This is an approximation since it assumes the earth to be a perfect
sphere
def calculate_distance(p1, p2)

#convert position to decimal and radians: