for digital tutors´ "creative development series" i did this destruction-fx-thinkingparticles-tutorial using Softimage ICE, C4D TP and V-Ray.
covered topics are:
* 3D math (vector addition/subtraction, dot product, cross product, normals and matrices)
* voronoi fracturing
* thinking particles
* vray settings and tips for rendering
you can watch it here.