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The Essential Guide to Physics for Flash Games, Animation, and Simulations by Adrian Dobre, Dev Ramtal

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Why model real physics?

There are a number of reasons why you might be interested in modeling physics using Flash. Here are some of the most common reasons.

Creating realistic animation effects

One of the main strengths of working with Flash is the ability to create animations easily. With a little ActionScript and some physics, it is also possible to make animations that look and behave like the real thing. For example, suppose you are animating a scene in which someone kicks a ball and it bounces off the ground. If you're working with Adobe Flash, you could try and fake the animation with tweens, but however hard you might try it would probably look less than realistic. With just a little bit of coding and some knowledge of simple physics you ...

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