How to make animations/pictures for physics?


by gamesguru
Tags: physics
gamesguru
gamesguru is offline
#1
Jun17-08, 04:59 PM
P: 85
How do you make animations or descriptive pictures for physical models? They're not hand drawn and I'm pretty sure it's not done in photoshop. Is there special software for this? Here's a few pictures of what I mean:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...sphere.svg.png
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._animation.gif
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...roblem_(3).gif
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...d-pendulum.gif
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu...mec/icyl3a.gif
http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu...mgmec/amp1.gif
ect...

Thanks in advance.
Phys.Org News Partner Science news on Phys.org
Simplicity is key to co-operative robots
Chemical vapor deposition used to grow atomic layer materials on top of each other
Earliest ancestor of land herbivores discovered
Greg Bernhardt
Greg Bernhardt is offline
#2
Jun22-08, 07:51 PM
Admin
Greg Bernhardt's Avatar
P: 8,531
Flash is perfect for physics animations and models.
zyh
zyh is offline
#3
Jul1-08, 11:47 PM
P: 134
I also suggest using Flash to demostrate animations.

jsg7377
jsg7377 is offline
#4
Oct28-08, 01:46 PM
P: 10

How to make animations/pictures for physics?


Flash is great for that, and you can save it as an animated image within the publish settings. Another program that can animate GIFs is Fireworks. In fact it can even be done in Photoshop.

Plus with Flash, you can add user interaction.
CaptainQuasar
CaptainQuasar is offline
#5
Oct28-08, 07:57 PM
P: 705
For 2-D still images like the first one on your list Inkscape would be a good candidate.

For 2-D animations Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, or Sun JavaFX, or if you want to be standards-oriented SMIL. These are also good for the purpose of creating some interactive simulations or exhibits.

For 3-D stills and animations there's POV-Ray, Blender3D, Wings3D and a variety of other options out there.

And there are special pieces of software for special applications: Celestia, for example, for some types of scenes in space.
Emreth
Emreth is offline
#6
Oct30-08, 12:39 AM
P: 99
All those images/animations are done with different programs. First one is hand drawn, probably adobe flash. Second and fourth one is from a kinematic analysis/demonstration program like "working model". I saw somebody do similar stuff using excel macros but i dont know how exactly. Third one is might be from a plotter like "sigma plot" or "origin", multiple plots have been merged to a gif animation using another program, flash can do that. The most flexible platform is matlab where you can do all this stuff with code.
Crosson
Crosson is offline
#7
Oct30-08, 08:33 PM
P: 1,294
Mathematica can do all of this.


Register to reply

Related Discussions
physics animations General Physics 8
Favourite Physics/Maths Related Pictures General Discussion 10
Physics animations General Physics 9