NOOPE: Newtonian Object-oriented Physics Engine

NOOPE is the Newtonian Object-oriented Physics Engine.


gravsphcolldemo Various demonstrations of Spheres under Gravity and Elastic Collisions.
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noope.core Classes that are core to the NOOPE engine.
noope.entities Classes representing physical objects modelled by NOOPE.
noope.input Classes related to data input.
noope.laws Classes describing force laws modelled by NOOPE.
noope.output Classes related to data output.


NOOPE is the Newtonian Object-oriented Physics Engine. It is a library implemented in Java 1.2 which allows you to run physical simulations (below is a list of the physical assumptions).
N.B.: The package net.jmge.gif is not part of NOOPE; see its documentation for more details.


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Physical Assumptions

  F = m a
  Forces are superpositional
  action <==> reaction

  Can have Active objects that provide their own forces in addition
    to those they would otherwise experience.
  (This requires objects to be able to measure the forces exerted on them.)
  Euclidian ^3 space

  Time - independent, uniform, discrete in steps:

    v1 = v0 + a * delta_t
    x1 = x0 + ((v1 + v0) / 2) * delta_t

  Include Earth-type object (massive, imovable, unaffected by forces, 
    simply returns reaction force, has constant uniform g)

  Include default properties for entities that don't have them
  E.g. default grav. mass = intertial mass

  Laws are Java classes, given at compile time.