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One major advantage is that many collision detection operations are more efficient when performed at the origin. A classic example is box vs sphere. When done in a box's local space the tests are very simple axis aligned distance point-plane tests instead of the more costly non-axis aligned planes. Furthermore objects moving through space may not actually ...


You're in luck. I did a full translation of Randy Gaul's 2D physics engine into C# and XNA. He hasn't really explained things well for beginners like me. For your answer, you should just multiply the cross product with the inverse of the inertia of the body. This is from my translation: angularVelocity += inverseInertia * Vector2D.Cross(contactVector, ...


Whatever collision be, angular momentum is conserved. ie Iw = constant with the coefficient of restitution (in translation, i dont know if its said the same in rotation) u define, and with the moment of inertia, you should be able to figure it out. And i think this would similar to collisions in 1D, since only one axis is used :) Goodluck :)

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