The purpose of this course is to cover the fundamentals of geometric
modeling in computer graphics. Topics to be covered include:
 Homogeneous Coordinates and Geometric Transformations
 Quaternions and Their Use in Modeling 3d Rotations and Rigid Motions
 Parametric and Implicit Representations for Curves
 Algebraic Classification of the Parametric Polynomial Curves of Low
Degree
 Polar Forms and the de Calsteljau Subdivision Algorithm
 The Bezier Representation and the Bernstein Basis
 Splines and Continuity Constraints
 BSplines and the de Boor Algorithm
 Rational Curves
 Parametric Polynomial Surfaces and NURBS
 Subdivision Surfaces
 Triangle Meshes for Surface Representation and Reconstruction
 Mesh Simplification and Compression
 The Rudiments of Solid Modeling
 Constructive Solid Geometry, Binary Space Partitions, and Conversion
Algorithms
The class will consist of lectures by the instructor and a recitation
section organized by the TA. Students taking the course for credit will
be expected to:
 be present and actively participate in class
 do a number of paper and pencil homeworks
 do a programming project
 take the class final
These pages are maintained by Leonidas Guibas guibas@cs.stanford.edu.
Last update March 8, 2001.
