May 1st 2016

Computer Graphics (edX)

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Learn to create images of 3D scenes in both real-time and with realistic raytracing in this introductory computer graphics course. Today, computer graphics is a central part of our lives, in movies, games, computer-aided design, virtual simulators, visualization and even imaging products and cameras. This course teaches the basics of computer graphics that apply to all of these domains.

Students will learn to create computer-generated images of 3D scenes, including flybys of objects, make a real-time scene viewer, and create very realistic images with raytracing. We will start with a simple example of viewing a teapot from anywhere in space, understanding the basic mathematics of virtual camera placement. Next, you will learn how to use real-time graphics programming languages like OpenGL and GLSL to create your own scene viewer, enabling you to fly around and manipulate 3D scenes. Finally, we will teach you to create highly realistic images with reflections and shadows using raytracing.CSE167x teaches the foundations of computer graphics.

This course runs for 6 weeks and consists of four segments. Each segment includes an individual programming assignment:

1. Overview and Basic Math (Homework 0: 10% of grade)

2. Transformations (Homework 1: 20% of grade)

3. OpenGL and Lighting (Homework 2: 35% of grade)

4. Raytracing (Homework 3: 35% of grade)

This term, students who earn a total score of 50% or greater will have passed the course and may obtain a certificate from UC San DiegoX.

What you'll learn:

- Understand the concepts of 3D graphics

- Write and develop programs that create images of a 3D scene with lighting

- Learn the basics of graphics programming with OpenGL and GLSL