By John Vince

Students learning machine animation and computing device video games need to be conversant in geometry, matrices, vectors, rotation transforms, quaternions, curves and surfaces, and as special effects software program turns into more and more refined, calculus can also be getting used to solve its linked problems.

The writer attracts upon his adventure in instructing arithmetic to undergraduates to make calculus seem not more tough than the other department of arithmetic. He introduces the topic through reading how services rely on their self reliant variables, after which derives the proper mathematical underpinning and definitions. this offers upward thrust to a function’s by-product and its antiderivative, or essential. utilizing the belief of limits, the reader is brought to derivatives and integrals of many universal capabilities. different chapters deal with higher-order derivatives, partial derivatives, Jacobians, vector-based capabilities, unmarried, double and triple integrals, with quite a few labored examples, and over 100 illustrations.

Calculus for desktop Graphics enhances the author’s different books on arithmetic for special effects, and assumes that the reader knows daily algebra, trigonometry, vectors and determinants. After learning this ebook, the reader should still comprehend calculus and its program in the global of laptop video games and animation.

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9 shows the graph of y = ln x and its derivative y = 1/x. Conversely, 1 dx = ln |x| + C. x When differentiating logarithms to a base a, we employ the conversion formula: y = loga x = (ln x)(loga e) whose derivative is 1 dy = loga e. 4343 . . 4343 (log10 x) = . 4343/x. 5 Differentiating Trigonometric Functions 51 Fig. 5 Differentiating Trigonometric Functions We have only differentiated two trigonometric functions: sin x and cos x, so let’s add tan x, csc x, sec x and cot x to the list, as well as their inverse forms.

Y = cos x y + δy = cos(x + δx). Using the identity cos(A + B) = cos A cos B − sin A sin B, we have y + δy = cos x cos(δx) − sin x sin(δx) δy = cos x cos(δx) − sin x sin(δx) − cos x = cos x cos(δx) − 1 − sin x sin(δx). 24 3 Limits and Derivatives Fig. 1 Sketch of f (x) = x 2 Dividing throughout by δx we have δy cos x sin(δx) = (cos(δx) − 1) − sin x. δx δx δx In the limit as δx → 0, (cos(δx) − 1) → 0 and sin(δx)/δx = 1 (see Appendix A), and dy = − sin x dx which also confirms our “guesstimate”. We will continue to employ this strategy to compute the derivatives of other functions later on.

2 Differentiating Groups of Functions 43 Fig. 7 Graph of y = (x 2 + 3)(x + 2)/(x 2 + 3) and its derivative y = 1 (dashed line) Therefore, u dv 1 du dy =− 2 + dx v dx v dx v du − u dv = dx 2 dx v which agrees with the previous result. For example, to differentiate y= x 3 + 2x 2 + 3x + 6 x2 + 3 where u = x 3 + 2x 2 + 3x + 6 and v = x 2 + 3, we have du = 3x 2 + 4x + 3 dx dv = 2x dx (x 2 + 3)(3x 2 + 4x + 3) − (x 3 + 2x 2 + 3x + 6)(2x) dy = dx (x 2 + 3)2 (3x 4 + 4x 3 + 3x 2 + 9x 2 + 12x + 9) − (2x 4 + 4x 3 + 6x 2 + 12x) x 4 + 6x 2 + 9 x 4 + 6x 2 + 9 = 4 x + 6x 2 + 9 =1 = which is not a surprising result when one sees that the original function has the factors y= (x 2 + 3)(x + 2) =x+2 x2 + 3 whose derivative is 1.