A technique for using rays to determine points of intersection. Often used in lighting simulation.

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Ray-plane intersection to find the Z of the intersecting point

I have a rectangle in 3d space (p1, p2, p3, p4) and when the mouse rolls over it I need to calculate the exact Z of the point on the rect, given the mouse coordinates (x, y). Would a Ray-plane ...
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3D Ray Casting / Picking

I am not sure if I should post this link, but I feel this falls into game development just as much as it does math. I have a ray cast's far and near values and I am trying to calculate the end point ...
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How to determine what triangle in a mesh the cursor is pointing to?

I have a game I'm working on in which items are "placed" and "selected". In order to do this, I need to determine what triangle in a mesh the cursor is pointing to. I have no trouble with getting ...
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What are the technologies that makes physics engines so good for raycasting?

again. This question is strictly related to this one so, what is the technology that makes physics engines suitable for raycasting? It is a particular data structure? Has it to do with the engine's ...
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Why do we use physics engines for collision testing or raycasting?

There is a thing I don't understand about game engines: why it is so common to use physics engines to do raycasting or collision testing? Say that you have a 3D scene loaded in your scene manager ...