CS 488: Lab 4 – Lit Cube

Welcome to lab, which is a place where you and your peers complete exercises designed to help you learn the ideas discussed in the preceding lectures. It is intended to be a time where you encounter holes in your understanding and talk out loud with your peers and instructor. Your instructor will bounce around between […]

CS 488: Lecture 6 – Lit Sphere

Dear students: Our goal today is to add lighting to our renderer. To make this work, we need a new mathematical tool: the vector. First, we take a tour through a handful of operations that we’ll need to work with vectors. Second, we’ll apply these operations to compute the “litness” of every fragment on the […]

CS 488: Lab 3 – Rotating Tetrahedron

Welcome to lab, which is a place where you and your peers complete exercises designed to help you learn the ideas discussed in the preceding lectures. It is intended to be a time where you encounter holes in your understanding and talk out loud with your peers and instructor. Your instructor will bounce around between […]

CS 488: Lecture 5 – The Third Dimension

Dear students: Our goal today is to render a rotating cube. No more flat geometry—we’re going to the third dimension! A few new concerns arise as we get more and more triangles in our scenes. We will overcome them with the power of our graphics API. Indexed Triangles In most of our computer games, triangles […]

CS 430: Lecture 3 – Variables

Dear students, Computer science has its roots in mathematics. It was the mathematicians who first had problems they wanted to mechanize. Computer science soon grew into a discipline of its own that appeals to people who don’t like mathematics. My hot take is that there’s one big reason for its success: computer science has more […]

CS 488: Lecture 4 – Spaces and Orthographic Projections

Dear students: Let’s step back and look at where we are. We can make shapes out of triangles. We can color them. We can move them around and resize them using a compact and fast system of matrices. We can tie these transformations to mouse events. That’s pretty nice. Where do we go next? It’d […]

CS 488: Lab 2 – Matrices

Welcome to lab, which is a place where you and your peers complete exercises designed to help you learn the ideas discussed in the preceding lectures. It is intended to be a time where you encounter holes in your understanding and talk out loud with your peers and instructor. Your instructor will bounce around between […]

CS 488: Lecture 3 – Vectors and Matrices

Dear students: Last time we explored the three common transformations that we use to move objects around the screen. We saw how to apply one transformation at a time using slow mathematical operations. Today we will learn a system for applying an arbitrarily long sequence of transformations in constant time. The system is built on […]

CS 430: Lecture 2 – Syntax

Dear students, Today we look at the first steps of how a program becomes an executable. The source code that we write is a foreign language to the computer. It must be translated into a language that the machine does know. That’s the job of the compiler or interpreter. Translation is a process with multiple […]

CS 488: Lecture 2 – Triangles and Transforms

Dear students: Last time we discussed plotting individual points to the framebuffer and the role of vertex and fragment shaders. Today we explore how to stitch those points together into filled shapes. I say filled shapes, but in reality, we will only stitch them together in triangles—never quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, or anything else. We limit […]