Computational Geometry OpenCourseWare: A Free MIT Graduate Study Course on Computational Geometry

Published Jan 29, 2009

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The 'Computational Geometry' course at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reaches across several disciplines at a graduate level, including mechanical engineering, aeronautics and astronautics and civil engineering. This course looks at the computer implementation, analysis and development of algorithms used in geometric modeling (the math representation of solids, surfaces and curves used in defining complex engineering or physical objects). MIT has made this course available as OpenCourseWare.

Computational Geometry: Course Specifics

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Computational Geometry: Course Description

'Computational Geometry' OpenCourseWare examines topics, such as different types of geometric modeling forms, spline curves, b-splines, fairing, generalized cylinders, blending surfaces, intersection, robustness and surface intersections. The units on solid modeling address areas, such as boundary representation, interval methods and octrees. Surface modeling subjects include splines, deformable surfaces, generalized cylinders, sweeps and filleting and blending surfaces. MIT Professors Nicholas Patrikalakis and Takashi Maekawa taught the original 'Computational Geometry' course in a lecture format. This class can fulfill requirements in several different graduate degree tracks, including civil engineering, ocean engineering, mechanical engineering or aeronautics.

The online version of this course includes the notes for eighteen of the lectures and five problem sets for download plus a reading list and addition resources (journals and conferences). To find out more about this exciting course, visit the computational geometry course page.

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