Physics-based Animation

Kenny Erleben

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The booming computer games and animated movie industries continue to drive the graphics community's seemingly insatiable search for increased realism, believability, ad speed. To achieve the quality expected by audiences of today's games and movies, programmers need to understand and implement physics-based animation. To provide this understanding, this book is written to teach students and practitioners and theory behind the mathematical models and techniques required for physics-based animation. It does not teach the basic principles of animation, but rather how to transform theoretical techniques into practical skills. It details how the mathematical models are derived from physical and mathematical principles, and explains how these mathematical models are solved in an efficient, robust, and stable manner with a computer. This impressive and comprehensive volume covers all the issues involved in physics-based animation, including collision detection, geometry, mechanics, differential equations, matrices, quaternions, and more. There is excellent coverage of collision detection algorithms and a detailed overview of a physics system. In addition, numerous examples are provided along with detailed pseudo code for most of the algorithms. This book is ideal for students of animation, researchers in the field, and professionals working in the games and movie industries. Topics Covered: * The Kinematics: Articulated Figures, Forward and Inverse Kinematics, Motion Interpolation * Multibody Animation: Particle Systems, Continuum Models with Finite Differences, the Finite Element Method, Computational Fluid Dynamics * Collision Detection: Broad and Narrow Phase Collision Detection, Contact Determination, Bounding Volume Hierarchies, Feature-and Volume-Based Algorithms

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I'm not a math guy in the least but I'm interested in learning about rigid body physics (for the purpose of implementing a basic 3d physics engine). In school I only took Maths through Algebra II, but I've done 3d dev for years so I have a fairly decent understanding of vectors, quaternions, matrices, etc. My real problem is reading complex formulas and such, so I'm looking for some decent rigid body dynamics references that will make some sense.

Anyone have any good references?

Physics for Game Programmers I think is better than Physics for Game Developers.

If you want something thick in your bookshelf (like I do), Eberly's 3D Game Engine Design and Erleben's Physics-Based Animation can accompany the above.

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