I just realized that I used a technique – projecting a vector on a line given by another vector – in my last post on ray-tracing that I did not justify in any way.

Look at this picture:

Given vector and we are looking for vector . We saw in the dot-product article, that we have

and of course

combining these we get

and therefore as

finally

which reduces to

in the case that is a unit-vector. This is the result we lacked.

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