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Old Jan 18th 2011, 05:34 PM   #1
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Idea for graphics programming project?

Hello! I'm studying graphics programming right now, and in the end of this one semester long course we are going to make a project in which we will program an application that displays some nice graphics. I want to take this as an opportunity to show that I have a talent for programming (having a feeling for algorithms, finding possibilities and carrying out interesting simulations, and to visualize these in a good way), that I also have an good intuition when it comes to the fundamental nature of physics, and that I can combine these two together and come up with new solutions. I just don't know the best way to do this. All I know so far is that I probably want to make some kind of physics simulation, and I want it to render in real time. The application should of course be nice to look at, but mostly I want it to be impressive and interesting in some way for the user, so to make him see that something is actually going on under the surface. Basically, what I want to show is that I have an edge in my field and that I can think outside of the box.

I'm studying applied physics and my profile is theory, modeling and visualization; that is why Iím taking this course - this may after all be my only chance to visualize some real physical process really nicely. A big bonus too is of course is if I make something unique, which hasn't really been done before. Maybe it is doing a simulation and visualizing it in a new way, or simulating something using a new, more efficient algorithm that hasn't been used before or at least not very extensively. Or maybe it even is simulating something that hasn't been simulated before. This point is not a requirement since it may turn out impossible to fulfill, but it is still a big bonus.

I have currently been studying quantum mechanics and quantum dynamics, which I think is a very interesting subject, although it doesn't mean that it has to be in that subject. I think fluid dynamics is an interesting subject to for example. I haven't yet studied elementary particle physics; nor have I studied string theory, but I'm going to. Maybe there is stuff in there that could be interesting to simulate and if there is I wouldn't mind reading about the subjects on my own. I'm aiming to reach the front edge of physics and as you see, I want to catch people's interest by proving that there is where I belong.

I'm asking you for ideas to a project since you probably have a greater insight in these subjects than I do, and maybe you also know what could potentially be interesting for an employer. Any ideas are welcome, there are no bad ideas; I only see them as sources of inspiration. Thank you in advance!

- Kristofer
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