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Simulation and Engineering Software

Physics Models

Imagine you built a simulator so that when you added weight to the climber, the ribbon dimensions got bigger. If a spreadsheet created calculations that boiled down to simple algebraic formulas, those could be put into a video game. If someone improves the spreadsheet, they can swap in a different algebraic constant.

Dynamics, basic principles relationships, materials properties,... Codebase_Analysis#Physics_Engines


Ribbon dimensions, performance trade-offs, overall interactions matrix.

3-D Design Files

We will use the Collada format which is open, XML, has 3-D and physics capabilities. Collada introduction:


A little hard to get into, but extremely powerful and it has some physics simulation capabilities built in and supports Collada. Complete tutorial:

Other Software

NASA's free code: