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Game Physics Cookbook

By : Gabor Szauer
Book Image

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
Credits
About the Author
Acknowledgements
About the Reviewer
Acknowledgements
www.PacktPub.com
Customer Feedback
Preface
Index

Matrix of minors


Each element of a matrix has a minor. The minor is the determinant of a smaller matrix cut from the original matrix. We can find a matrix of minors by finding the minor for each element of a matrix.

To find the minor of element i, j in a 3 X 3 matrix M, remove row i and column j of the matrix. The determinant of the resulting 2 X 2 matrix is the minor of element .

We can find the minor of a 2 X 2 matrix in a similar fashion. To find the minor of element i, j, remove row i and column j. The remaining scalar is the determinant. In the case of a 2 X 2 matrix, this determinant is the minor.

Getting ready

We're going to implement a helper function, Cut. The purpose of this function is to cut a 2 X 2 matrix from a 3 X 3 by eliminating one row and one column. Once we have the Cut function, implementing the Minor for a 3 X 3 matrix is straightforward: loop through the matrix, for every element assign the determinant of a 2 X 2 acquired by cutting the elements row and column from the...