NetLogo Models Library:
This model maps turtles between Cartesian and spherical 3-dimensional coordinates. To create the appearance of a curved 3D surface, the program generates turtles with random x- and z-coordinates, then computes each turtle's y-coordinate based on x and z, and time. The cosine function is used in the formula to produce a curved surface. Varying the y coordinate based on time produces motion.
To render the surface in the NetLogo view, it maps from 3D to 2D coordinates as follows:
>view x = turtle x + (turtle z) / 2 >view y = turtle y + (turtle z) / 2
In other words, increasing z causes the turtle's apparent position to move both up and to the right.
Click the SETUP button to generate the turtles and place them on the surface. Click the GO (forever) button to run the model, which continuously varies the turtles' y-coordinates to generate a wavelike motion.
The NUM-TURTLES slider determines the number of turtles that make up the surface.
Notice that as the turtles move down (y-coordinate decreases) they become darker in color, and when they move up (y-coordinate increases) they become lighter.
Experiment with the NUM-TURTLES slider. How many turtles are needed to produce a realistic effect? Why doesn't it keep getting better-looking indefinitely as you add more turtles?
move procedure, try other numbers besides 5 in front of and inside the cosine function. Explain the new behavior!
Try changing the formula used to compute the y-coordinate to produce differently shaped surfaces.
See if you can draw not just a surface, but a three dimensional shape such as a cone or a sphere.
Notice the use of
scale-color to change a turtle's color based on its y-coordinate. Also see the model "Wave Machine" for a version that uses patches rather than turtles to make a 3-D membrane.
3D Solids Wave Machine
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Copyright 1998 Uri Wilensky.
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This model was created as part of the project: CONNECTED MATHEMATICS: MAKING SENSE OF COMPLEX PHENOMENA THROUGH BUILDING OBJECT-BASED PARALLEL MODELS (OBPML). The project gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Science Foundation (Applications of Advanced Technologies Program) -- grant numbers RED #9552950 and REC #9632612.
This model was converted to NetLogo as part of the projects: PARTICIPATORY SIMULATIONS: NETWORK-BASED DESIGN FOR SYSTEMS LEARNING IN CLASSROOMS and/or INTEGRATED SIMULATION AND MODELING ENVIRONMENT. The project gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Science Foundation (REPP & ROLE programs) -- grant numbers REC #9814682 and REC-0126227. Converted from StarLogoT to NetLogo, 2001.