Game Physics - Physikalische Grundlagen für Computerspiele (IN0037)

Prof. Dr. Nils Thuerey

Time, Place

Lecture: Mondays, 10:15-12:45

Online sessions: On Oct. 25, via BBB

In person lecture: Starting Nov. 8, room

                               Galileo Hörsaal (8102.EG.117)

Central tutorial: tba

Exercises: see moodle for computer room schedule

Begin: Oct.  25., 2021
Lecture / exercise content: moodle only
Prerequisites Einführung in die Informatik 1, Game Engine Design, Analysis


This lecture is intended for Bachelor students in Informatik: Games Engineering. The module consists of 3 lecture hours and 2 hours of exercise per week. The exercises will be four programming tasks for groups of 3-4 students. The last task is an open projected to be presented at the end of the semester.


This lecture provides an introduction to the fundamentals of game physics. Particular aspects covered are mathematics for game physics, rigid body dynamics, collision detection and response, particle dynamics, mass-spring systems, particle fluids, PDEs and discretization.

More specifically, course topics are:

  • Particle effects
  • Mass-spring Systems
  • Numerical Integration
  • Numerical solution techniques for ODEs
  • Rigid body simulation
  • Resolving collisions
  • Spatial partitioning structures
  • Collision detection
  • Particle based fluid simulation


The students understand several basic algorithms for physics simulations that are commonly used in real-time applications, and can classify the algorithms with respect to computational complexity and stability.


  • Game Physics Engine Development: How to Build a Robust Commercial-Grade Physics Engine for your Game, Ian Millington
  • Physics for Game Developers, David M Bourg
  • ( Game Physics, David. H. Eberly )