Understanding the Importance of Matrices

Matrices are an advanced mathematical concept that you will find everywhere throughout computer games and graphics. Their power comes from their ability to store affine transformations and apply them through multiplication. An understanding of their inherent structure and mathematical operations will provide you with a deep appreciation of the methods underpinning all graphics and game engines.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Defining matrices
  • Performing Operations on matrices
  • Creating matrix representations of affine transformations
  • Combining transformation matrices for complex maneuvers

We will begin by defining matrices and working through all the mathematical operations that ...

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