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Illustrating Physics with Ray-Traced Computer Graphics
The Physics Teacher
  • Thomas J. Bensky, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Publication Date
9-1-2006
Abstract

This paper provides a brief introduction to using ray-traced computer graphics for creating illustrations to be used in physics teaching. The article focuses on Povray, a freely available ray-tracing software program. We have found that a ray-traced illustration produced with this software provides a final-image quality that is far superior to hand-drawn illustrations and those produced using standard click-and-draw computer drawing software. Techniques for illustrating time-dependent scenarios are discussed as well.

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Citation Information
Thomas J. Bensky. "Illustrating Physics with Ray-Traced Computer Graphics" The Physics Teacher Vol. 44 Iss. 6 (2006) p. 369 - 373
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tbensky/10/