Reading list (from textbooks) for midterm

by Eftychios Sifakis on October 25, 2020

Dear students,

As we discussed in class, all the information included in the lecture materials (slides, videos, whiteboard notes) is included in your midterm reading list. In addition, please review the following specific sections from your textbooks, which will also be deemed as required readings:

Foundations of Computer Graphics

  • From Chapter 6, review subsection 6.1 (excluding 6.1.6), subsection 6.2 (only intro, omit from 6.2.1 to end of subsection), all of subsection 6.3, section 6.5 (up to and including page 136, only).
  • From Chapter 7, read up to and including section 7.1. You do not need to memorize the formula for the orthographic projection transform (eq. 7.3), this will not be asked of you in the exam. Also, you do not need to memorize how the lookAt/camera transform is constructed from the eye/target(gaze)/up vectors (page 147); just know what these vectors mean.
  • From Chapter 15, read from the beginning up to and including subsection 15.3.5. Read section 15.5, up to and including 15.5.2. From section 15.6, you may only be asked about Bezier curves and B-splines, and only to the degree that we covered in class; so, you may only need these parts as a re-iteration of what was covered in lecture, not as “extra” material. You do not need to memorize any “basis matrices” … those will be provided to you, if at all needed.

The Big Fun Graphics Book

  • From Chapter 5, read from the beginning up to and including subsection 5.6.
  • From Chapter 6, read from the beginning up to and including subsection 6.2.
  • Chapter 7: If you feel comfortable with hierarchical modeling from the in-class discussion, you can probably safely omit this section. If you feel that you need to read more about this topic, with a slightly different exposition, you may find this chapter useful (it is not required reading for the exam).
  • Chapter 8: Use this as an optional supplement to Chapter 7 of Foundations of Computer Graphics; it is not required reading for the exam, just an optional second iteration at the same topic.

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