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ERIC Number: EJ828494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Using the Force: "Star Wars" in the Classroom
Chartier, Timothy P.
PRIMUS, v17 n1 p8-23 Jan 2007
When the character Yoda first appeared on the silver screen, his movements were due to the efforts of famed muppeteer Frank Oz. In "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones," Yoda returned to the movies but this time the character was not a puppet but a digital image within a computer. This paper discusses the role, or, more aptly, the force, of mathematics behind a few aspects of movie special effects. Armed with topics from calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, mathematical modeling, and numerical analysis, animators can create a believable flow to Yoda's robe or convincing digital smoke. (Contains 11 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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