CHAPTER 1 --- Vectors, Points, and Column Matrices
created 08/19/97; revised 08/01/00; bug (ant) fixes 09/14/00
CHAPTER 1 --- Vectors, Points, andColumn Matrices
This chapter discusses the objects of computer graphics---vectors and points---and how they arerepresented in a computer---as column matrices. A column matrix is a mathematical object that hasmany uses besides its use in computer graphics. These notes discuss only the aspects that are used incomputer graphics.
Computer graphics as modeling and viewing.
Geometrical points and vectors.
Column and row matrices.
Equality of column matrices.
Names for column matrices.
Representing points with column matrices.
Computer graphics books use one of two ways to represent points and vectors. Some books use rowmatrices; other books use column matrices. The two methods are exactly equivalent (although someformulae have to be adjusted). These notes use column matrices.Some graphics books use the term "column vector" for the object that these notes call a "columnmatrix." This is just a variation in terminology and does not affect the concepts or formulae presentedhere.
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