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Dec 21, 2000 - programming. Its goal is to introduce fundamental concepts and processes for computer graphics, as well as giving students experience in computer graphics programming using the OpenGL ..... really compatible with the concept of object-oriented programming because it maintains an extensive set of state ...
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Notes for a Computer Graphics Programming Course

Dr. Steve Cunningham Computer Science Department California State University Stanislaus Turlock, CA 95382

copyright © 2001, Steve Cunningham All rights reserved

These notes cover topics in an introductory computer graphics course that emphasizes graphics programming, and is intended for undergraduate students who have a sound background in programming. Its goal is to introduce fundamental concepts and processes for computer graphics, as well as giving students experience in computer graphics programming using the OpenGL application programming interface (API). It also includes discussions of visual communication and of computer graphics in the sciences. The contents below represent a relatively early draft of these notes. Most of the elements of these contents are in place with the first version of the notes, but not quite all; the contents in this form will give the reader the concept of a fuller organization of the material. Additional changes in the elements and the contents should be expected with later releases.

CONTENTS: Getting Started • What is a graphics API? • Overview of the notes • What is computer graphics? • The 3D Graphics Pipeline - 3D model coordinate systems - 3D world coordinate system - 3D eye coordinate system - 2D eye coordinates - 2D screen coordinates - Overall viewing process - Different implementation, same result - Summary of viewing advantages • A basic OpenGL program Viewing and Projection • Introduction • Fundamental model of viewing • Definitions - Setting up the viewing environment - Projections - Defining the window and viewport - What this means • Some aspects of managing the view - Hidden surfaces - Double buffering - Clipping planes • Stereo viewing • Implementation of viewing and projection in OpenGL - Defining a window and viewport - Reshaping the window - Defining a viewing environment - Defining perspective projection - Defining an orthogonal projection - Managing hidden surface viewing - Setting double buffering - Defining clipping planes - Stereo viewing • Implementing a stereo view


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Principles of Modeling • Introduction Simple Geometric Modeling • Introduction • Definitions • Some examples - Point and points - Line segments - Connected lines - Triangle - Sequence of triangles - Quadrilateral - Sequence of quads - General polygon - Normals - Data structures to hold objects - Additional sources of graphic objects - A word to the wise Transformations and modeling • Introduction • Definitions - Transformations - Composite transformations - Transformation stacks and their manipulation • Compiling geometry Scene graphs and modeling graphs • Introduction • A brief summary of scene graphs - An example of modeling with a scene graph • The viewing transformation • Using the modeling graph for coding - Example - Using standard objects to create more complex scenes - Compiling geometry • A word to the wise Modeling in OpenGL • The OpenGL model for specifying geometry - Point and points mode - Line segments - Line strips - Triangle - Sequence of triangles - Quads - Quad strips - General polygon - The cube we will use in many examples • Additional objects with the OpenGL toolkits - GLU quadric objects > GLU cylinder > GLU disk > GLU sphere - The GLUT objects 6/18/01

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- An example A word to the wise Transformations in OpenGL Code examples for transformations - Simple transformations - Transformation stacks - Creating display lists

Mathematics for Modeling - Coordinate systems and points - Line segments and curves - Dot and cross products - Planes and half-spaces - Polygons and convexity - Line intersections - Polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates - Higher dimensions? Color and Blending • Introduction • Definitions - The RGB cube - Luminance - Other color models - Color depth - Color gamut - Color blending with the alpha channel • Challenges in blending • Color in OpenGL -