Ray Trace Visualization Applet

By Jake Russel, updated by Marc Templin



Checkerboard Balls


This scene demonstrates many of the effects that raytracing can produce. The checkerboard is made of blocks and holes, so you can see rays terminate when they hit something. The near ball is transparent, and you can see the ray bend as it enters and leaves the object. The far ball is reflective; watch the rays bounce off of it. You can see the Light Ray cast toward the light when it hits something to determine if it is in shadow or not.