Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010>p>Andrew Hoyer shows his canvas Fu with Cloth, a great experiment using nice physics.
The most computationally expensive part is trying to satisfy the constraints. To do this requires the calculation of distance between two points. This is easy to do with a little math, but that often involves an expensive square root. This is something that cannot simply be thrown out either, so what do you do? You approximate it. There are lots of mathematical tools for approximating functions, in this case I chose the first couple terms of a taylor expansion.