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Stephen G. Giannoni

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12 Great Programs
Posted: Jan 3, 2018 3:41 PM
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Windows programs, written in Visual Basic v6, requiring available 5
VB6 run-time files. Post or Email if interested. Free.

General :

12 programs and all needed and related files are provided. Please
refer to SA18.docx which is a paper on the SA18 Chaos Engine, and
Julias.docx, which is needed for data for the Julia program. The 12
programs developed in Visual Basic 6 will run under any version of
Windows, and require the included 5 VB6 run-time files, Asycfilt.dll,
Msvbvm60.dll, Oleaut32.dll, Olepro32.dll and Stdole2.tlb, which should
be either at the same location, or more properly at C:\Windows\System…
or wherever other DLLs reside. Programs are intended for the maximum
normal screen resolution of 1920 x 1080.

For the programs requiring a plot, Julia and Game of Life, I favor a
Yellow display on a dark Blue background. Light plotted figures on a
darker complimentary background look best. Secondary colors, being a
combination of two primary colors, are therefore brighter than the
primary colors. That leaves : Cyan (absence of Red) on a Red
background, Magenta (absence of Green ) on a Green background, and
Yellow (absence of Blue ) on a Blue background.

Program Summaries ……..…..

Factoring ( factors.exe ) :

Program will return the prime factors of a number. Factoring is
interesting enough, but also significant as it is my understanding
that modern encryption schemes rely on factoring of very large numbers
(way beyond my program ). Enter some large number then click to

LifeW32 ( LifeW32.exe ) :

Nice rendition of John Conway's famous game. Select from 4
resolutions, then let it run. Double click to exit.

Logistic Equation ( Logistics Equation.exe ) :

Nice rendition of the time honored plot.

Julia ( Julia.exe ) :

Program will display a Julia plot, for a Julia characterized by the
complex number C. The 4 inputs to the program are : {C(real)} ,
{C(imag)}, {Field Hor.} and {Field Vert.}. Default data is loaded for
Julia number (08), but can enter / edit the values as desired for
other Julias. Julias.docx has data for 18 interesting Julias. The math
involved, though voluminous, is nevertheless rudimentary, and I'm
fascinated how such intricate and interesting figures develop.

Mandelbrot ( Mandelbrot.exe ) :

The Mandelbrot set is generated according to Julia plots. Each Julia
has a characteristic complex number C = [ C(real) + C(imag) i ] .
Starting with any number A on the complex plane, then the following is
performed recursively: A (new) = A (old) {squared } + C. If on many
repeats, the magnitude of A remains at or below 2, then A is plotted
as a point in the Julia defined by C. Julia plots are beautiful and
interesting. If the Julia plot includes the origin ( 0 + 0i ) and is
connected ( can reach between any points without leaving the plotted
figure ), then C is by definition part of the Mandelbrot set.

The Mandelbrot set on the complex plane is traditionally plotted
black. In my program version, points outside the set are plotted in
alternating yellow and dark blue colors, according to how fast the
corresponding Julia "escapes" beyond magnitude 2, which qualitatively
is a measure of how "UN-Mandelbrot like" the point.
Ever smaller areas of the Mandelbrot can be selected and expanded for
exploration. Click the upper left corner and the lower right corner of
the area. Rectangle corners will show temporarily in Magenta. Click in
the area to expand and explore. Shift Click to exit.
Note that, although it's easy to determine if any point is within the
Mandelbrot, a clear boundary between what is inside and outside the
Mandelbrot, can never be found for most of the Mandelbrot !

Mortgage ( Mortgage.exe ) :

Computes the monthly payment. Default is my first mortgage in 1983.
Click Xs above and below to raise and lower digits respectively.

Quadratic Calculation ( qdrtc.exe ) :

Computes the 2 roots of the quadratic
AX2 + BX + C = 0 .

Retirement Savings ( RetSav.exe ) :

Imagine you're starting a working career, and want to contribute
monthly to an interest earning account, to cover your retirement.
Inflation is assumed at one rate and you want to inflate your
contributions at another rate. This makes 3 rates total : earnings,
inflation, and contributions inflation. Further, you want an annual
provision at some figure ( expressed as today's dollars ). You
estimate years of savings and years of retirement. You also have a
lump sum to add at the start. Given these 7 parameters, program will
compute : initial monthly payment, final monthly payment, final
monthly payment (today's dollars), account value at retirement,
initial annual provision at retirement and final annual provision.
Developed from a system of differential equations. Quantities turn
green when payments are negative as in yielding instead of paying.

SA18 Chaos Engine ( SA18 Chaos Engine.exe ) :

A fascinating study of a type of semi-chaos. All is detailed in
SA18.docx. Some of my finest work. A library of 512 semi-chaotic
systems is included in the library binary data file sa18lib.bin which
must be with the program. On starting, the program picks a system at
random and displays the system attractor, the tweaking and adjusting
controls and the 18 parameters for each system. Use the scroll to
navigate among the systems. Click any parameter for tweaking. It will
display in red. Use the Add or Sub buttons according to the table in
SA18.docx. The image will clear and redisplay to show the effect of
the tweak. Adjust the size, position and / or aspect ratio of any
image using the appropriate button, without changing the character of
the image as in tweaking. Save a tweaked and / or adjusted image in
the library by holding both Shift and Ctrl and clicking Save. Wait a
moment for the tone.

Sierpinski ( Sierpinski.exe ) :

Consider any triangle with vertices A, B and C. Take a point anywhere,
not generally inside or outside the triangle, say ( X1, Y1 ), and
perform the following repeatedly.

Pick a vertex at random ( A, B, or C ), and draw a line from the point
to the vertex. Take the midpoint of the line and assign this as the
next point say ( X2, Y2 ). Plot these ongoing successive points for
very many points and get a fascinating figure with triangular areas of
varying sizes.

I'd like to say this was my discovery / creation, but it originated
with a Polish mathematician, Watclaw Sierpinski at the start of the
20th century. This "thing" actually continues down on ever smaller
scales infinitely !

Each triangular area is a completely self similar reproduction of all
other equal, larger and smaller triangular areas. Quite amazing.

Simpson ( Simpson.exe ) :

The Simpson method will provide a very close approximation of an area
under a known but non-integrable function y = f(x) over a prescribed
interval. Although the function cannot be integrated, the dependent
and independent variables y and x, can be calculated. The interval is
divided into an even number of equal sub-intervals, and y computed at
all points at the sub-interval ends. Parabolas ( which can be
integrated ) are defined for every 3 overlapping points, and the areas
of these computed and summed to very closely approximate the total
area under the function. The default function, which regrettably can
only be edited through the developing software program, is : y = e ^ x
+ x ^ 3, which can be precisely integrated and used as a check on the
program. From 0 to 3, the program calculated integral using 400
intervals is 39.3355, essential identical to the precise integral
calculation. Advise if you want to try some other y = f(x) which can't
be integrated.

Worm ( Worm.exe ) :

A worm navigates randomly to build ever higher levels on the field.
Semi random complimentary colors are used for levels. Move the mouse
to exit.

Stephen G. Giannoni, P.E. (retired)

311 Scudder, 11768-2946

( USA ) (631) 757-2793

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