This is some reference information for the 3D visualization portion of this class.
Optional: If you have your own computer with Microsoft Windows or Apple MacOS, you may want to get a copy of the free Cortona VRML viewer. This lets you view 3-dimensional objects using your web browser. To test that it installed correctly you can go to http://simkin.asu.edu/holodraw/example/polybox.html and select the link that says polybox.wrl. You can drag the picture with your mouse to view it from different angles.
We will walk through the steps of making 3D models from numeric data. My home directory on kaibab is /export/home4/msimkin and you can look there for the things I make during class.
Here's a couple handy Unix control-key combinations you may need:
The Unix command to fetch a data file (or anything) from a website was:
You can review the presentation slides for reminders of what we did.
Your project assignment is to create a 3D image from some data that would be meaningful when viewed in three dimensions. Here are some links for your project:
Your first attempt at creating a 3D image is due at the beginning of Wednesday's class. You do not have to have a working 3D image at this time, but you must have made a significant effort.
Your first attempt at creating a 3D image is due at the beginning of class. Things almost never work right the first time you create a program. I do not expect you to create a complete 3D image right away. Of course, if you do, that's great! But if you encounter some difficulties, we will discuss them in class Wednesday, and try to find solutions.
Return to your 3D image project and get it working, using the troubleshooting tips discussed in class. Your 3D image and the script and data file(s) that made it must be posted to your homework folder by 8:00 AM Monday 2006-11-13.