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## Pixar in a Box

### Course: Pixar in a Box > Unit 10

Lesson 2: Mathematics of animation curves- Start here!
- 1. Mathematics of linear interpolation
- Linear interpolation
- 2. Repeated linear interpolation
- 3. De Casteljau's algorithm
- Constructing curves using repeated linear interpolation
- 4. What degree are these curves?
- Bonus: Equations from de Casteljau's algorithm

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# 1. Mathematics of linear interpolation

First we'll use the slope intercept form of a line to define each frame along a straight line.

Click here to review slope-intercept form of a line.

Click here to do the Environment Modeling topic if you haven't already.

Click here to review slope-intercept form of a line.

Click here to do the Environment Modeling topic if you haven't already.

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## Video transcript

- So, we've seen two ways
to calculate in-betweens: linear interpolation and Bézier curves. Now let's get into the math behind them. We're gonna build on
some of what we learned in the environment modeling lesson, so if you need to review,
click on this link. Let's start with the simpler
version, linear interpolation. Let's focus on this segment. We know the value of y at frame 4 is 750 and the value at frame 8 is 190, but what's the value of
y at frame 5, 6, or 7? The picture tells us
that y can be represented as a linear function of x,
where x is the frame number. Linear functions can be written
in slope-intercept form: y = mx + b, where m is the slope and
b is the y-intercept. Now we don't know the slope
and intercept directly, but we do have two points on the line, which is enough information
to calculate them. Now, once we have m and b, we can figure out y for any frame. Try out this next exercise
to test your understanding of linear interpolation using
the slope-intercept form.