Rectangle Intersection

Write a function, `rec_intersection(rect1, rect2)` and returns the intersection of the two.

Rectangles are represented as a pair of coordinate-pairs: the bottom-left and top-right coordinates (given in `[x, y]` notation).

Hint: You can calculate the left-most x coordinate of the intersection by taking the maximum of the left-most x coordinate of each rectangle. Likewise, you can calculate the top-most y coordinate of the intersection by taking the minimum of the top most y coordinate of each rectangle.

This is probably the hardest problem I’ve encountered do date.  It’s a bit more logic than math and I definitely overcomplicated it by trying to make sense of it with math, which is not my strength..

Some helpful things to remember:

  • Plot out the coordinates and draw the rectangles on a piece of paper first.
  • Try not to confuse the (x,y) coordinates with arrays.  (This part tripped me up the most).
  • The trick is to use max and min to get the left and right coordinates of the intersection, respectively.   (This is a bit counterintuitive).
  • To access a value of a multidimensional array, use a[i][j], where i is the index of a, and j is the index of a[i] array.

Anyways, here’s the solution with my annotated comments:


Test Cases: 

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Rectangle Intersection