Calculus for Computer Graphics

Authors: Vince, John

  • Provides a concise journey through the subject of calculus
  • Emphasises the relationship between calculus and geometry, relevant to the computer graphics, animation and games communities
  • Chapters are self-contained, allowing readers singular sources of reference for all aspects of calculus
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About this Textbook

Students studying computer animation and computer games have to be familiar with geometry, matrices, vectors, rotation transforms, quaternions, curves and surfaces, and as computer graphics software becomes increasingly sophisticated, calculus is also being used to resolve its associated problems.

The author draws upon his experience in teaching mathematics to undergraduates to make calculus appear no more challenging than any other branch of mathematics. He introduces the subject by examining how functions depend upon their independent variables, and then derives the appropriate mathematical underpinning and definitions. This gives rise to a function’s derivative and its antiderivative, or integral. Using the idea of limits, the reader is introduced to derivatives and integrals of many common functions. Other chapters address higher-order derivatives, partial derivatives, Jacobians, vector-based functions, single, double and triple integrals, with numerous worked examples, and over a hundred illustrations.

Calculus for Computer Graphics complements the author’s other books on mathematics for computer graphics, and assumes that the reader is familiar with everyday algebra, trigonometry, vectors and determinants. After studying this book, the reader should understand calculus and its application within the world of computer games and animation.

About the authors

Prof John Vince began working in computer graphics at Middlesex Polytechnic in 1968. His research activities centered on computer animation software and resulted in the PICASO and PRISM animation systems. Whilst at Middlesex, he designed the UK’s first MSc course in Computer Graphics, and developed a popular program of short courses in computer animation for television designers. In 1986 he joined Rediffusion Simulation as a Research Consultant and worked on the development of real-time computer systems for commercial flight simulators. In 1992 he was appointed Chief Scientist of Thomson Training Simulation Ltd. In 1995 he was appointed Professor of Digital Media at the National Centre for Computer Animation at Bournemouth University, and in 1999 he was made Head of Academic Group for Computer Animation. He was awarded a DSc by Brunel University in recognition of his work in computer graphics. He has written and edited over 40 books on computer graphics, computer animation and virtual reality, including the following Springer titles:

  • Matrix Transforms for Computer Games and Animation (2012)
  • Expanding the Frontiers of Visual Analytics and Visualization (2012)
  • Quaternions for Computer Graphics (2011)
  • Rotation Transforms for Computer Graphics (2011)
  • Mathematics for Computer Graphics, 3rd Edition (2010)

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“The book is intended for students studying computer graphics and/or animation. … it can also be used as a textbook of elementary calculus for all students since the topic is presented in general, without any specific applications. The presentation is very clear, followed by a lot of examples and figures. It is a good starting point into the world of calculus in general.” (Agnieszka Lisowska, zbMATH, Vol. 1283, 2014)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

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eBook $39.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $49.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-5465-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Calculus for Computer Graphics
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-1-4471-5466-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4471-5466-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-5465-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 227
Number of Illustrations and Tables
144 b/w illustrations
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