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Game Physics Cookbook

By : Gabor Szauer
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Game Physics Cookbook

By: Gabor Szauer

Overview of this book

Physics is really important for game programmers who want to add realism and functionality to their games. Collision detection in particular is a problem that affects all game developers, regardless of the platform, engine, or toolkit they use. This book will teach you the concepts and formulas behind collision detection. You will also be taught how to build a simple physics engine, where Rigid Body physics is the main focus, and learn about intersection algorithms for primitive shapes. You’ll begin by building a strong foundation in mathematics that will be used throughout the book. We’ll guide you through implementing 2D and 3D primitives and show you how to perform effective collision tests for them. We then pivot to one of the harder areas of game development—collision detection and resolution. Further on, you will learn what a Physics engine is, how to set up a game window, and how to implement rendering. We’ll explore advanced physics topics such as constraint solving. You’ll also find out how to implement a rudimentary physics engine, which you can use to build an Angry Birds type of game or a more advanced game. By the end of the book, you will have implemented all primitive and some advanced collision tests, and you will be able to read on geometry and linear Algebra formulas to take forward to your own games!
Table of Contents (27 chapters)
Game Physics Cookbook
About the Author
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Triangle to sphere

To test if a sphere and a triangle intersect, we must first find the point on the triangle that is closest to the center of the sphere. If the distance between the center of the sphere and the closest point is less than the radius of the sphere, we have an intersection:

Getting ready

We are about to implement a function that tests if a triangle and sphere intersect. This function will return a Boolean result. We avoid the expensive square root operation involved in finding distance by checking squared distance against squared radius.

How to do it…

Follow these steps to implement a test for checking if a triangle and sphere intersect:

  1. Declare the TriangleSphere function in Geometry3D.h:

    bool TriangleSphere(const Triangle& t, const Sphere& s);
  2. Declare the SphereTriangle convenience macro in Geometry3D.h:

    #define SphereTriangle(s, t) \
        TriangleSphere(t, s)
  3. Implement the TriangleSphere function in Geometry3D.cpp:

    bool TriangleSphere(const Triangle& t, const Sphere&amp...