General Description of the Course 

ECS 178 is the computergraphics modeling course in the Computer Science Department at UC Davis. One of the primary difficulties in the computer graphics field is the modeling of realistic objects, and the objective of this course is to help the student learn the basics in this field, as well as apply these modeling concepts to generate a challenging realistic scene.
The course will use basic concepts from ECS 175 (a prerequisite), the beginning computer graphics course at UC Davis, and will require both computer science and mathematical knowledge to understand and implement the concepts. 
Course Details 
Instructor:

Ken Joy
2079 Academic Surge
joy at cs.ucdavis.edu
5307521077 [It is much easier to get me by email.] 
Class Times and Locations:
Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:3011:50AM, in 290 Hickey Gym.
Office Hours:
12:101:30PM, Tuesday and Thursday in 2079 Academic Surge


How the Course is Structured.

This course is composed of ten units, each of which addresses a topic fundamental to geometric modeling. The "lectures" for most units will be online, and are composed of short one to tenminute lectures, sometimes followed by a short assignment. The class sessions will focus on the project in the course, and supplement the online lectures. Several short lectures are focused on supplementary or preliminary material. The units are as follows
The units are designed to take one week, or less during the course. Written notes accompany each online lecture.
Thus, the homework for the course will be viewing the online lectures and completing the quizzes. The final examination is in the form of a final project. This project is detailed in Unit10, and will be discussed throughout the inclass lectures. 



Announcements/Updates 
9/26/2012  Initial posting of web pages for the course.
9/27/2012  Classes begin.
10/5/2012  Posting of three lectures in Unit2
10/10/2012  Posting of three lectures in Unit2
10/11/2012  Completion of Unit 2.
10/20/2012  Completion of Unit 3.
10/30/2012  Completion of Unit 4.
10/31/2012  All Notes for Unit 5, except for Inserting Knots  complete.
11/8/2012  Completion of Unit 5.
11/9/2012  Completion of Unit 6.
11/19/2012  Completion of Units 7, 8, and 9.

