The effective mass of a spring-mass system is not equal to the sum of the masses of the spring and the suspended mass. The kinetic energy of the spring is not equal to 1/2mv^2, so the frequency of oscillation cannot be determined by simply adding the two masses together. The effective mass of the spring must be defined in order to correctly predict the behavior of the system.

This course gives a comprehensive introduction to modern computer graphics with a focus on research topics. It includes 3D computer graphics, physical simulation, and rendering, along with real-time rendering methods and computational photography. A substantial amount of the course covers current research areas, equipping students for further work in the field. It is tailored for graduate students or advanced undergraduates interested in computer graphics.