The goal of this assignment is to give students a better understanding of ray tracing without implementing any software. Your task is to write a 2 page summary of what ray tracing is, and the steps in the ray tracing algorithm. You do not need to go into the details of ray/object intersections, but you do need to explain the factors that go into the calculation of pixel colors (what the ray "sees").
This is a hand written assignment, so please write neatly and make your diagrams and drawings legible. If your handwriting is difficult to read, you can type your summary and include a page of hand written diagrams and drawings. Please hand in your report to my mailbox in the department office or put the report under my door at JBHT 518.