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Next year I have Vector Calculus and all that wonderful stuff. mad.gif
But yeah I get why it's more complicated on a sphere, I was thinking of it more along the line of wrapping a tennis ball in a sheet of paper and using the paper to find the equidistant points from a given point where the sheet of paper maps from a plane to a surface, but that is a little difficult for me to comprehend only being in my first year of the degree.
Speaking of which I should probably go and revise for my Advanced Calculus exam in two days. tongue.gif

Is it a sin to be a 3D game programmer and dislike math? tongue.gif

Seriously though, I'm glad most game programming doesn't require that level of math, I would've been pulling my hair out. Calc 2 and Linear Algebra was plenty for me, and Linear Algebra, Trig, and Algebra are really most of what you need for game development.

My dad is a physicist, and it's crazy to see some of the math involved. You have to really love that kind of thing to be good at it IMO.
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We had to do a module in Programming aswell, we were using Python and it was unbelievably bad, I cannot program for the life of me. In retrospect I don't think a single thing in my final coursework worked properly (we had to program a game of Hangman to be drawn with some stupid extension called 'TurtleWorld' tongue.gif )

I'm looking forward to doing Cryptography and the optional modules instead of Vector related stuff, I hate Vectors with a passion. biggrin.gif
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We had to do a module in Programming aswell, we were using Python and it was unbelievably bad, I cannot program for the life of me. In retrospect I don't think a single thing in my final coursework worked properly (we had to program a game of Hangman to be drawn with some stupid extension called 'TurtleWorld' tongue.gif )
I'm looking forward to doing Cryptography and the optional modules instead of Vector related stuff, I hate Vectors with a passion. biggrin.gif

Are we talking about the same "Vectors"? Like the kind that can represent a point in space, or a direction, velocity, etc.?
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I wish it were as simple as this.. Object Moving Faster than Light, Aarives in front of you, 2 seconds later, you can now see it

but, if there is such a thng about a sonic boom, where the sound waves reach the destination after the object does

So, if an Object COULD break the Light Speed barrier, would there be some wacky Light-Wave?
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Pretty much all types of Vectors, whether it's in pure mathematics or Dynamics, I'm not that great at visualising them, especially stuff like Eigenvectors/ Eigenvalues and all that stuff. tongue.gif
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One of the strangest things that would happen if an object was traveling faster than the speed of light is we would observe the object as having a negative length.
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Pretty much all types of Vectors, whether it's in pure mathematics or Dynamics, I'm not that great at visualising them, especially stuff like Eigenvectors/ Eigenvalues and all that stuff. tongue.gif

Sounds like you would benefit from a more geometrical point of view towards linear algebra. I'm sure there are a ton of books and online notes that would be perfect for that. Surprisingly, electromagnetism is a great place to start to understand vectors and vector calculus better.
Edited by Sourtop - 5/10/12 at 10:02am
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I wish it were as simple as this.. Object Moving Faster than Light, Aarives in front of you, 2 seconds later, you can now see it
but, if there is such a thng about a sonic boom, where the sound waves reach the destination after the object does
So, if an Object COULD break the Light Speed barrier, would there be some wacky Light-Wave?

The sonic boom only occurs as pressure waves behind the plane get compressed until they create a shock wave.

In theory if you could travel at the speed of light, you would pass through an area in space, then see it approaching you AFAIK. As far as the 'light wave', there could be a massive flash of light or there could be complete pitch black, no-one will ever be able to see it though. biggrin.gif
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One of the strangest things that would happen if an object was traveling faster than the speed of light is we would observe the object as having a negative length.

Do you mean reversed or something? I'm not sure how we could perceive negative length unless it's relative to a space.
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Do you mean reversed or something? I'm not sure how we could perceive negative length unless it's relative to a space.

That's exactly one of the reason why faster-than-light speed is just a big deal tongue.gif.

As objects travel closer to the speed of light their lengths observed by some external observer are contracted. Objects traveling at the speed of light have no observable length and then when you push it past that speed their lengths contract further into "negative" length.

EDIT: I should say that its the length of the object in the direct of motion.
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What would happen if you got to 6x10^8 ms^-1 then? would the length go from being slightly negative to the original length but negative? thinking.gif

This is making my brain ache. I'll stick to Maths, at least then I can reject reality and concentrate on esoteric stuff. biggrin.gif
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