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Joseph F. Boudreau and Eric. S. Swanson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198708636

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198708636.001.0001

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Graphics for physicists

Graphics for physicists

(p.312) 10 Graphics for physicists
Applied Computational Physics

Joseph F. Boudreau

Eric S. Swanson

Oxford University Press

While the visualization of data is critical for many scientific applications, the development of programs to render geometrical forms in real time, providing interactive control over viewpoint and angle, animation, and/or user interaction, can be complicated for a scientist. The need to master unfamiliar technology such as graphics engines, windowing software, and graphical user interfaces constitute major challenges. An introduction to the graphical display of data using the Coin3d toolkit for object modeling and rendering is given. The Qt library for graphical user interfacing and the SoQt package, which serves as “glue” between Qt and Coin3d are also presented. Applications to visualizing fractal geometries, three-dimensional objects, and random data are presented.

Keywords:   graphics, visualization, Coin3d, Qt, fractal geometry, three-dimensional objects, random points

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