4D MODELLING FOR VIRTUAL REALITY
SFWR ENG 3GB3, Term I 2006/07
Lectures and Tutorials
Monday 11:30-12:20 in BSB/115, Tuesday 12:30-13:20 in BSB/340, Friday
10:30-11:20 in BSB/318
- T01: Thursday 15:30-17:20 in ITB/237
Dr. J. Carette, ITB-168 , ext 26869
Office hours: by appointment (or catch me after class).
For all course related questions,
a class forum has been set up on WebCT so that
questions and their answers can be posted centrally. The
instructor will generally not answer emails sent to him directly,
but will answer questions posted on the discussion forum(s)
very frequently. [Questions of a personal nature can still be
emailed to the instructor]
John McCutchan (john [at] johnmccutchan [dot] com)
Game Physics, by David Eberly (Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann).
The calendar description says:
Design of time-evolution of/in three dimensional spaces. Dynamical systems
(discrete and continuous). Physical and artificial systems. Design patterns
of 4D modelling.
This basically means the mathematical and physical foundations of
moving three dimensional objects, and their implementation methods.
In more detail, the topics that will be (were) covered are (were):
- Basic concepts from Physics:
which corresponds to all of Chapter 2 in the textbook.
- Rigid bodies
- Newton's laws
- Rigid body Motion, done using Newtonian Mechanics (Sec 3.1)
- Overview of Physics Engines. Software patterns of simulation
software (Sec 5.1 and parts of 5.2). Includes
where the latter topic was covered the GJK algorithm in
detail as the modern way to implement this.
- Unconstrained Motion
- Constrained motion -- collisions
- Differential Equations. As these are so central to the domain,
all of Chapter 8
- Difference equations - a quick overview of concepts, mostly done
as a quick parallel to modelling with DEs from a dynamical point of view.
Course Information on Web, and Slides
The latest version of this outline and the most "up-to date"
information as well as hand-outs can be found on the course web page.
(Or go to my home page and then to the course page).
The slides and
assignments can be found there as well.
Mid-terms, Exams, and Grading
- There will be two midterms. They will be scheduled
during the regular class hour, and will be
held the normal class as well
- The final examination will be
scheduled by the Registrars office in the usual way. It will be
three hours in duration and cover the material of the course,
handouts and assignments.
- It is essential that you fulfill the deadlines for the
assigments, there is no credit for documents handed
in after the deadline.
- The final grade will be computed according to:
| Final Examination
Assignment will also generally contain bonus material,
whose marks will be added directly to the final mark.
- The instructor does not accept
late doctor's notices, if you write a mid-term then the mark is
yours. If you do not write an exam or an assignment and do not provide
an acceptable doctors notice then it is marked with 0. The
instructor reserves the right to conduct any deferred exams orally.
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- Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other
fraudulent means and can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of
zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript
(notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or
suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic
dishonesty. For information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty
please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for
which other credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work. (Note that all assignments in
SE 3GB3 are to be done individually unless explicitly mentionned otherwise).
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
- There is zero tolerance for academic dishonesty .
All assignments have to be solved by one person only,
any outside source, this includes asking other people,
or using any books or information found on the web has to
be documented. In complience with the senate regulations
on academic integrity I remind you that:
People who let other people copy are as guilty as the ones who copy.
You are allowed to consult outside sources, meaning textbooks
or the web, but any use of an outside source
must be documented.
- In the case the instructor or a TA
has the impression that an assignment is copied, the instructor can
ask the corresponding students to explain exactly how the assignment
was prepared and take appropriate actions.