## Winter 2018 - General Information
## DescriptionThe study of fundamental mathematical, algorithmic and representational issues in computer graphics. The topics include an overview of graphics pipeline, projective geometry, homogeneous coordinates, projective transformations, quadrics and tensors, line-drawing, surface modeling and object modeling, reflectance models and rendering, texture mapping, polyhedral representations, colour perception, and other selected topics according to available time (see the tentative schedule below). ## Assignments, Exercises, and ExamsThere will be four assignments during the term, each worth 12.5% totaling 50% of the course mark. The assignments require programming in Java. Links to assignments will be posted to MyCourses during the term. Instructions for assignment setup will also be provided on MyCourses. Late assignments will be graded with a 10% penalty and will be accepted up to 3 days from the original due date (i.e., if you are not going to make the deadline, get some sleep and find the time to finish your submission properly). There will be two exams, worth a total of 50% of the final grade. The first will be a midterm exam which will take place in class in mid October. It is worth 20% of your grade. The second exam will take place during the Final Exam Period and is worth 30% of the final grade. Practice problems, old midterms and final exams, and in some cases solutions will also be posted to MyCourses during the term. ## Resources
New for this offering of the course (updated 19 Oct, 2017), the following course textbook is recommended, and is available for purchase at the McGill bookstore for the beginning of the term.
- Computer Graphics Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition, Hughes et al.
- OpenGL Programming Guide: The official guide to learning OpenGL (The red Book, now orange?), search online
- The Graphics Codex (mostly focuses on rendering, but has an important overlap with many fundamentla topics, and shows how material across several popular texts is related)
- Fundamentals of Computer Graphics, 3rd or 4th Edition, Shirley and Marschner, the previous textbook for this course, which you may find for cheap in a used book store.
## Prerequisites
Graduate students interested in this course, who have not already taken a graphics course, will likely have taken courses equivalent to the prerequisites listed below. For undergraduate students, there are three official prerequisites for the course:
- COMP 206 Introduction to Software Systems -- Historically, the assignments have required programming in C and the use the unix utility make, but for several years the assignments have been in Java. Nevertheless, the prerequisite still has some relevance because for the use of libraries, and debugging and testing of code.
- MATH 222 Calculs 3 -- Graphics involves parametric representations, partial derivatives and integrals and some vector calculus. This prerequisite will ensure you are prepared, and it or its equivalent is required for all CS Majors.
- MATH 223 Linear Algebra -- This course will build upon your basic understanding of vectors and matrices. You should have at least a B grade in your linear algebra course, or be prepared for a serious review.
- COMP 251 Data Structures and Algorithms -- This prerequisite is mostly there to ensure that students have a sufficiently high level of mathematical maturity. A high grade in COMP 250 is probably sufficient though.
## Tentative ScheduleThe following schedule is tentative. The adjusted schedule will be recorded in MyCourses as the term progresses. Adjustments will be made to synchronize with assignments and to better match material in the textbook and other sources. Topics will be added and removed depending on interest and time permitting.
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