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Fractals

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View Resource The Fractory: An Interactive Tool for Creating and Exploring Fractals

The Fractory, a one place stop for learning about, creating, and viewing fractals, was created by three students as a project for ThinkQuest (discussed in the January 26, 1996 Scout Report), a contest for students ages 12-19. There are six main sections to the Fractory, including Fractal Basics and the Fractal Message Board. Fractal Basics will inform you about the importance of fractals to the...

http://mathforum.org/library/view/4003.html
View Resource The Chaos Hypertextbook: Mathematics in the Age of the Computer

Written by Glenn Elert, this online textbook is aimed at "anyone with an interest in chaos, fractals, non-linear dynamics, or mathematics in general." Although it is not extremely technical, the author recommends having a decent mathematical background. Many people will recognize, at least by name, some of the topics covered. Mandelbrot and Julia sets are two well known fractals, and the book...

https://hypertextbook.com/chaos/
View Resource Fractals, Chaos

Paul Bourke of the Astrophysics and Supercomputing department at Swinburne University of Technology is the author of this massive resource on fractals and chaos. He gives examples of many different kinds and classes of fractals, including the Mandelbrot set and various attractors; and brief explanations accompany each one. A substantial introduction to fractals covers the underlying principles and...

http://paulbourke.net/fractals/
View Resource Fractal Geometry

This is one of the best online resources about fractals, and is "meant to support a first course in fractal geometry for students without especially strong mathematical preparation." The site is incredibly deep, providing everything from the most basic definitions and non-technical discussions to involved mathematical formulations. Interactive Java applets, downloadable software for the PC and...

http://users.math.yale.edu/public_html/People/frame/Fractals...
View Resource Boston University: Dynamical Systems and Technology Project

The Dynamical Systems and Technology Project brought to you by the Department of Mathematics at Boston University and the National Science Foundation offers resources for teaching chaos and fractals. The website includes a number of Java applets and several interactive papers "designed to help teachers and students understand the mathematics behind such topics as iterated function systems (the...

http://math.bu.edu/DYSYS/dysys.html
View Resource Exploring Fractals

Dr. Mary Ann Connors, a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at University of Massachusetts Amherst has developed this website based on a curriculum project previously funded by the National Science Foundation. Exploring Fractals provides an introduction to fractals, explores concepts such as shape and dimension, provides some classroom investigations, demonstrates how to...

http://people.math.umass.edu/~mconnors/fractal/fractal.html
View Resource Cynthia Lanius' Fractal Unit

Cynthia Lanius, a former mathematics teacher who currently serves as Technology Integration Specialist for Sinton Independent School District in Sinton, Texas, has posted numerous lessons online. This website features a Fractals Unit for elementary and middle school students (although adults are also welcome to enjoy the lesson). The lesson includes a discussion on why one might study fractals and...

http://math.rice.edu/~lanius/frac/
View Resource Exploring Patterns in Nature Tutorials

PhysioNet, a cooperative project "intended to stimulate current research and new investigations in the study of complex biomedical and physiologic signals," offers this set of tutorials on Exploring Patterns in Nature. The tutorials are based upon materials developed by the Center for Polymer Studies at Boston University with support from the National Science Foundation. The tutorial is organized...

http://www.physionet.org/tutorials/epn/
View Resource Computer Analysis of Paintings Raises Questions

UO study questions paintings’ authenticity http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1139455529308930.xml&coll=7 Fractals and art: In the hands of a master http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060206/full/439648a.html Jackson Pollock http://www.nga.gov/feature/pollock/pollockhome.html Richard Taylor: Further Information...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2006/0210
View Resource Fun Mathematics Lessons [Last reviewed for the March 1, 2002 Scout Report]

To the unconverted, the words "fun" and "mathematics" might not seem to be words that should be that close together in any one sentence or phrase. Educator and mathematics guru Cynthia Lanius proves any potential naysayers wrong as she offers up over two dozen interesting and engaging math exercises for educators to use in their classrooms on this site. She's served as a consultant for the Math...

http://math.rice.edu/%7Elanius/Lessons/
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