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Fractals in Science: Simulations

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Author:Center for Polymer Studies, Boston University
Description: Hands-on activities, laboratory experiments, and interactive visualization programs that encourage students to explore how fundamentally random microscopic events can give rise to fractal macroscopic patterns. An image gallery and fractal related software may be downloaded, and a page of Patterns in Nature offers Student Activity Guides by teachers. Particularly interesting for beginners are Fractal Coastlines and a Monte Carlo Estimation of Pi. See also Can You Beat Randomness?; One- and Two-Dimensional Random Walks; The Anthill and Molecular Motion; Diffusion Limited Aggregation; The Self-Avoiding Walk; Forest Fires and Percolation; and Directed Percolation. The Center for Polymer Studies is a scientific visualization research center in the Physics Department and Science and Mathematics Education Center at Boston University.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Graphics, Lesson Plans and Activities, Topic Tools Miscellaneous, Web Interactive/Java
Math Topics: Estimation, Patterns/Relationships, Dynamical Systems, Fractals, Euclidean Plane Geometry, Probability, Statistics, Ecology
Math Ed Topics: Simulations, Visualizations

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