Physics - Mechanics - Further Reading


cover Physics Modelling for Game Programmers. This book uses DirectX and C++ and shows how to build a physics modelling framework. It includes theory about many of the maths and physics topics required to write games. The theory is kept as simple as possible, almost no calculus (a few differentials have sneaked in) and no quaternions. I think it could be potentially confusing that impulse is described as force and given the letter F. The edition I have seen has some strange printing on the collision response derivation, w is printed as ... and torque is printed as ~.

cover Classical Dynamics : A Contemporary Approach

cover Computational Dynamics

There is also an e-book (Adobe Reader) version available

cover Concepts of Force: A Study in the Foundations of Dynamics

cover Flexible Multibody Dynamics: A Finite Element Approach

cover Dynamic Simulations of Multibody Systems

cover Introduction to the Modern Theory of Dynamical Systems

cover Dynamics of Multibody Systems

Dynamics of Systems of Rigid Bodies

cover Feynman lectures on Physics 3 volume set.


cover Sliding Friction: Physical Principles and Applications (Nanoscience and Technology)

cover Game Physics - This book has some useful stuff, its more of a textbook, not a step by step guide (although it does have a disc with a lot of C++ code). About the first third of the book is a physics textbook with theoretical exercises, the middle bit covers physics engine topics, and the last third of the book covers mathematical topics. I think I would use this book as a reference book to lookup the theory behind something I might be working on rather than a book to work through in order.

cover Robot Dynamics Algorithms (Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science, 22)

flag flag flag flag flag flag New Foundations for Classical Mechanics (Fundamental Theories of Physics). This is very good on the geometric interpretation of this algebra. It has lots of insights into the mechanics of solid bodies. I still cant work out if the position, velocity, etc. of solid bodies can be represented by a 3D multivector or if 4 or 5D multivectors are required to represent translation and rotation.


cover Lagrangian Dynamics

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cover Physics for Game Developers - Assumes a knowledge of vectors, Matrix and trigonometry (the book has a one page introduction to quatnions). The book introduces Newtons laws but it does assume a basic knowledge physics. It covers Kinematics, Force, Kinetics, Collision (detection), Projectiles, Aircraft, Ships, Hovercraft, Cars, Real-time, 2D rigid body, Collision Response, Rigid body rotation, 3D rigid body, multiple bodies in 3D and particles. (I cant find a general formula for collision response which combines linear and rotation, but there may be something in the code included?). If you don't have the prerequisite knowledge of Matrices etc. you may want to get the Mathematics for 3D Game programming book first.

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cover Dark Basic Professional Edition - It is better to get this professional edition

cover This is a version of basic designed for building games, for example to rotate a cube you might do the following:
make object cube 1,100
for x=1 to 360
rotate object 1,x,x,0
next x

cover Game Programming with Darkbasic - book for above software

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