3D Math Primer for Graphics and Game Development

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2002 - Mathematics - 429 pages
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3D Math Primer For Graphics And Game Development Covers Fundamental 3D Math Concepts That Are Especially Useful For Computer Game Developers And Programmers. The Authors Discuss The Mathematical Theory In Detail And Then Provide The Geometric Interpretation Necessary To Make 3D Math Intuitive. Working C++ Classes Illustrate How To Put The Techniques Into Practice, And Exercises At The End Of Each Chapter Help Reinforce The Concepts. This Book Explains Basic Concepts Such As Vectors, Coordinate Spaces, Matrices, Transformations, Euler Angles, Homogenous Coordinates, Geometric Primitives, Intersection Tests, And Triangle Meshes. It Discusses Orientation In 3D, Including Thorough Coverage Of Quaternions And A Comparison Of The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Different Representation Techniques. The Text Describes Working C++ Classes For Mathematical And Geometric Entities And Several Different Matrix Classes, Each Tailored To Specific Geometric Tasks. Also Included Are Complete Derivations For All The Primitive Transformation Matrices.

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This book is recommended literature in my class (Simulations in 3D) and so far a very helpful book.
It introduces the basic concepts like vectors and matrices in the 2D world (very easy to understand
) and then teaches you how to apply it to the 3D world.
A good book if you intend to work with 3D simulations (be that movies, games or simulators).

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Shawn P recommended this book for us non-CIS guys that want to get deeper into 3D. Worked with him on an animated film, before he left to work at a major game studio. Great guy, very knowledgeable... what I'm sayin is, I trust his judgment. Read full review


The Cartesian Coordinate System
Multiple Coordinate Spaces
Operations on Vectors
A Simple 3D Vector Class
Introduction to Matrices
Matrices and Linear Transformations
More on Matrices
Transformations in C++
Geometric Primitives
Geometric Tests
Triangle Meshes
3D Math for Graphics
Visibility Determination
Appendix B References

Orientation and Angular Displacement in 3D

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Dunn is currently the principal software engineer for Terminal Reality.

Parberry is a professor of computer science at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where he specializes in a unique curriculum focusing on the computer game industry. Parberry is internationally recognized as one of the top academics in this field.

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