Math/Stat Department Colloquium: Fractals for the Classroom, a Lecture by Dr. Stephen Casey and Dr. Tim Watkins

, Gray Hall, Bentley Meeting Room

Updated 9/6/13

Nature has its own geometry, a geometry that is more general and much older than Euclidean geometry. Objects in this geometry are grown from a fundamental seed pattern via a repetitive process, just as a tree can be grown from a single seed. It is the geometry that allows us to describe the shape of a cloud, the branches of a tree, or the distribution of stars in the night sky. Fundamental building blocks come in all shapes and sizes, and we need the real numbers to describe the dimension this geometry. Dimensions can be fractions, and so this geometry is called Fractal Geometry. This talk will show how to bring fractals into the classroom, and teach concepts from across the spectrum of AU math classes, from Great Ideas to Real Analysis and Complex Analysis
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