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Author Millington, Ian
Title Game physics engine development [electronic resource] / Ian Millington
Imprint Amsterdam ; Boston : Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, c2007
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource (xxi, 456 p.) : ill
Series The Morgan Kaufmann series in interactive 3D technology
Morgan Kaufmann series in interactive 3D technology
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 445) and index
1. Introduction; I Particle Physics; 2. The Mathematics of Particles; 3. The Laws of Motion; 4. The Particle Physics Engine; II Mass Aggregate Physics; 5. Adding General Forces; 6. Springs and Spring-like Things; 7. Hard Constraints; 8. The Mass Aggregate Physics Engine; III Rigid Body Physics; 9. The Mathematics of Rotations; 10. Laws of Motion for Rigid Bodies; 11. The Rigid Body Physics Engine; IV Collision Detection; 12. Collision Detection; 13. Generating Contacts; V Contact Physics; 14. Collision Resolution; 15. Resting Contacts and Friction; 16. Stability and Optimization; 17. Putting It All Together; VI Horizons; 18. Other Types of Physics; 19. A Physics Based Game; A. Mathematics Summary; B. Common Inertia Tensors; C. Other Programming Languages; D. References
Simulating physics helps cutting-edge games distinguish themselves by making virtual objects behave as we expect them to in the real world. Physics engines are the software programs that run these simulations. Building an engine is difficult, however. There are a large number of new developers (and hobbyists) coming into this market who need help through this complex process. Current introductory books are inadequate; they don't bring enough real-world programming experience to the task. There is a need for an introductory book on game physics with solid coding guidance but which limits the math content. Ian Millington brings his extensive professional programming experience to this problem. He has developed games since 1987, has studied AI and mathematics at the PhD level, and founded Mindlathe Ltd., a company that designed and built commercial physics engines. Physics Engine Development carefully describes each step in the creation of a robust, usable physics engine. It introduces the mathematical concepts in a clear and simple manner, keeping to high school level topics and building a physics code library as it goes. Each new concept is explained in diagrams and code to make sure that even the most novice of game programmers understands. The companion CD-ROM includes the source code for a complete physics engine of commercial quality. This book will serve as a introduction to more mathematically advanced books on game physics, such as Dave Eberly's Game Physics. * Uses only high school algebra * Shows how to build a complete system based on professional principles * CD-ROM with C++ source code for a full commercial-quality physics engine
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Link Print version: Millington, Ian. Game physics engine development. Amsterdam ; Boston : Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, c2007 012369471X 9780123694713 (DLC) 2006023852 (OCoLC)70676565
Subject Computer games -- Programming
Physics -- Data processing
Física computacional. larpcal
Algoritmos gráficos. larpcal
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