Team Number: 050 School Name: Des Moines High School Area of Science: Earth and Space Sciences Project Title: Modelling Solar Gravitational Fields Project Abstract: http://mode.lanl.k12.nm.us/97.98/abstracts/050.html Interim Report: http://mode.lanl.k12.nm.us/97.98/interims/050.html Final Report: http://mode.lanl.k12.nm.us/97.98/finalreports/050/finalreport.html
The objective of this project is to use modern computing technology to accurately model various field phenomena such as gravitational, electrical, and magnetic fields.
To accomplish this, we had divided our project into several smaller steps:
The bugs in the program are errors in mathematical logic that are affecting the accurate addition of gravitational force vectors.
The fourth step will be the most complex, due to the rendering of a time-stepped environment. Technologies that may be applied to this challenge are the VRML 2.0 specification, Sun's Java 3D Application Programmming Interface, or Silicon Graphics' Cosmo Virtual Reality tools.
Other pending tasks are the creation of a World Wide Web site for both reference and feedback purposes, the construction of either a Java or CGI-based interface so that the generation of models can be conducted via the Web, and the refinement of the code for the most effective memory and processor usage.
The task of creating the web site has fallen upon the shoulders of Meghan Berg and Kasey Camp. Scarlett Sederberg has been given the task of collecting data and research. An early draft of the site has been created, but is not yet operational.
While the construction of the CGI/Java interfaced has not yet been approached, Joel Camp has been researching the VRML 2.0 and VRML 97 specifications.
Refinement of the C++ coding has not yet started due to the lack of code completion. Chris Karr is writing the C++ source for a fully functional program.