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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
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Determinant of a 2x2 matrix

Determinants are useful for solving systems of linear equations; however, in the context of a 3D physics engine, we use them almost exclusively to find the inverse of a matrix. The determinant of a matrix M is a scalar value, it's denoted as .The determinant of a matrix is the same as the determinant of its transpose .

We can use a shortcut to find the determinant of a 2 X 2 matrix; subtract the product of the diagonals. This is actually the manually expanded form of Laplace Expansion; we will cover the proper formula in detail later:

One interesting property of determinants is that the determinant of the inverse of a matrix is the same as the inverse determinant of that matrix:

Finding the determinant of a 2 X 2 matrix is fairly straightforward, as we have already expanded the formula. We're just going to implement this in code.

How to do it…

Follow these steps to implement a function which returns the determinant of a 2 X 2 matrix:

  1. Add the declaration for the determinant...