Thursday, November 26, 2009

Math In The Movies: Mathematicians To Thank For Great Graphics

Students can see real-life application of trigonometry, algebra, and geometry with computer animation within movies. The article mentioned that: “Trigonometry helps rotate and move characters, algebra creates the special effects that make images shine and sparkle and calculus helps light up a scene.”

New animation development by Pixar includes geometry. Geometry animation is the most complex and requires changing the geometric elements of the scene dramatically. Pixar also uses software based on the way things move using physics. Their 100 supercomputers work 24/7 to develop the animation. For every second of film, it takes the computers six days.

I share real-life applications of math with my students, but it seems that the job areas are similar. It’s nice to show them this application involving technology, where many students’ interests lie.

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