# How do I calculate the bounce vector of a ball hitting the starting point of a segment?

I have a ball (with parameters x, y, radius) that travels on the screen (with vectors directionX directionY) and can collide with a segment with random slope (with parameters startX, startY, stopX, stopY). After i detect the collision i split code for calculate bounce vector in two different situations: first situation is ball in the middle of the segment (which is now working properly) and second is ball colliding the segment corners (starting or ending point) of a segment. Now,my algorythm is more or less working but sometimes there is some wrong behaviour and bounce is wrong or even no bounce (ball pass through the line without bounce)

This is the code i'm currently using:

       if (Math.pow(line.startX - x, 2) + Math.pow(line.startY - y, 2) <= Math.pow(radius, 2) || Math.pow(line.stopX - x, 2) + Math.pow(line.stopY - y, 2) <= Math.pow(radius, 2)) {
// ball has hit the corner of the segment
if (Math.pow(line.startX - x, 2) + Math.pow(line.startY - y, 2) <= Math.pow(radius, 2)){
//calculate bounce vector with starting point of segment
float x1 = x - line.startX;
float y1 = y - line.startY;
float c1 = (float) (-2 * (directionX * x1 + directionY * y1) / (x1 * x1 + y1 * y1));
directionX += c1 * x1;
directionY += c1 * y1;

}
else{
//calculate bounce vector with ending point of segment
float x1 = x - line.stopX;
float y1 = y - line.stopY;
float c1 = (float) (-2 * (directionX * x1 + directionY * y1) / (x1 * x1 + y1 * y1));
directionX +=  c1 * x1;
directionY +=  c1 * y1;
}
}

else
{
//other code for calculating bounce vector after collision inside segment.


}

You need to change the collision of a ball against an infinitely thin line to an infinitely small point (ray) against a thick segment with two round ends 