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Snowboarding physics

  1. Jul 9, 2007 #1
    Hey there,

    I am trying to make a snowboarding game and want relatively realistic physics involved.

    I have implemented gravity and now the snowboarder slides down the hill with appropriate acceleration.

    My next step is to implement turning. I will treat the snowboarder as if he is a particle so I don't have to deal with torque or angular momentum.

    Could anybody explain how the snowboarder changes direction as is center of mass shifts to the edge of the board?

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  3. Jul 10, 2007 #2


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    If you want to turn you have to model friction.
    The snowboarder turns by leaning to put more weight on one edge which digs into the snow, icnreases friction and slows down - putting a toque (turning force) on the board.
    O'Reilly has a good book "physics for game developers" which incidentaly is also a very clear text book treatment of dynamics.
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