Computer Graphics
Fall 2019
Instructor: Nima Kalantari

Course information

Time and location: MWF 1:50 - 2:40 in 113 HRBB
Office hours: TTh 2:00 - 3:00
Office location: 527B HRBB

TA: Hang Li
Office hours: MW 10:00 - 12:00
Office location: EAB-C 118C


This course is an introduction to the foundations of 3-dimensional computer graphics. Topics covered include 2D and 3D transformations, hidden surface removal and rasterization, shading, lighting models, and texture mapping. We also discuss geometric modeling and curves, as well as ray tracing.


The main prerequisite listed in the course description is CSCE 221. However, the students are expected to be comfortable with C/C++ as there will be significant amount of programming in this class. The students should also be familiar with linear algebra. A prior course in linear algebra (e.g., MATH 304) is more than sufficient.


The following books are recommended:

The OpenGLĀ® Programming Guide, by John Kessenich, Graham Sellers, and Dave Shreiner, 9th Edition
Fundamentals of Computer Graphics, by Steve Marschner, Peter Shirley, 4th Edition

The readings from Fundamentals of Computer Graphics are referred to as MS (Marschner and Shirley) and the ones from The OpenGLĀ® Programming Guide are referred to as GL.


Late Submissions

You will lose 20% from each assignment for each day that it is late. However, there will be 5 granted late days for the entire course. You are free to use it for any of the assignments (note that, you CANNOT use it for the linear algebra test!). All the assignments are due at 11:59 pm on ecampus .


Date Topic Slides Reading Assignments
Aug 26 Introduction and Overview pptx, pdf MS 1 LA Test Out
Aug 28 Linear Alegbra Overview pptx, pdf MS 2 & 5
Aug 30 Linear Alegbra Overview See above MS 2 & 5 HW 1 Out
Sep 2 Rendering Overview pptx, pdf
Sep 4 Transformations (2D) pptx, pdf MS 6.1 & 6.3-5
Sep 6 Transformations (2D) See above MS 6.1 & 6.3-5
Sep 9 Transformations (3D) pptx, pdf MS 6.2 & 12.2 LA Test & HW 1 Due
Sep 11 Transformations (3D) See above MS 6.2 & 12.2 HW 2 Out
Sep 13 OpenGL pptx, pdf MS 17.1-9
Sep 16 OpenGL See above MS 17.1-9
Sep 18 Viewing Transformations pptx, pdf MS 7
Sep 20 Viewing Transformations See above MS 7
Sep 23 Culling, Clipping, and Viewport MS 8.1.3-6 & 8.4
Sep 25 Rasterizing Lines and Triangles MS 8.1.1-2 & 8.2.1-3 & 2.7
Sep 27 Rasterizing Lines and Triangles MS 8.1.1-2 & 8.2.1-3 & 2.7
Sep 30 Rasterizing Lines and Triangles MS 8.1.1-2 & 8.2.1-3 & 2.7
Oct 2 Antialiasing
Oct 4 Antialiasing HW 2 Due
Oct 7 Color
Oct 9 Color
Oct 11 Shading and Texture Mapping
Oct 14 Shading and Texture Mapping
Oct 16 Review
Oct 18 Midterm
Oct 21 Shading and Texture Mapping
Oct 23 Shadows
Oct 25 Ray Tracing (Intro)
Oct 28 Ray Tracing (Intro)
Oct 30 Ray Tracing (Nuts and Bolts)
Nov 1 Ray Tracing (Nuts and Bolts)
Nov 4 Ray Tracing (Acceleration)
Nov 6 Geometry
Nov 8 Geometry
Nov 11 Curves
Nov 13 Curves
Nov 15 Mesh Representation and Processing
Nov 18 Mesh Representation and Processing
Nov 20 Radiometry
Nov 22 Materials
Nov 25 Materials
Nov 27 Reading Day - No Class
Nov 29 Thanksgiving - No Class
Dec 2 Review for Final
Dec 4 Review for Final

*Schedule is subject to small changes.