# Why isn't my world coordinate mapping back to the proper local coordinate?

I'm using XNA and am having a simple issue which I can't figure out. I'm just messing around and want to get a firm grasp of local/world space coordinates.

Matrix moveCharacter = Matrix.CreateTranslation(new Vector3(10,10,0));

Matrix multMat =Matrix.Identity * rotateCharacter * moveCharacter ;

Matrix WorldToB = Matrix.Invert(multMat);

Vector2 worldCoord = new Vector2(10, 10);
Vector2 worldToB = Vector2.Transform(worldCoord, WorldToB);

So all I'm doing here in my example is initially rotating my sprite's local axis around the world origin and then translating it out into world space. Thus, a world space coordinate of something like (10,10) would be 0,0 (my pixel's starting coordinate) in the local space (worldToB should be (0,0)). However, this is not occurring I guess as my inverted matrix is incorrect. Can anyone give me an answer of what I'm doing wrong exactly?

• One bit of advice to give, if you're just starting out in debugging this sort of thing: always test with non-zero co-ordinates (both for input and expected outputs). There's a lot of times when the math effectively cancels out with zero co-ordinates, and it looks like it's working when in fact it's not. E.g. (0,0,5) can be rotated about the z axis without affecting the output, but (3, 4, 5) will always be affected. In general, once you're beyond simple maths, use visual representations of co-ordinates and co-ordinate frames to debug how things are changing and where things are going wrong. Commented Sep 7, 2010 at 9:01