This was our last class specifically addressing fractals, but we will be seeing fractals pop up from time to time as we talk about infinity in the next section of the class. The exploration for next week is a preview of our work on infinity. This week the class was focused on the Mandelbrot set,… Read More Class 4 materials and assignment
This week we created a dragon fractal, explored Fibonacci numbers, and drew some plants. Here are the videos/links/notes from class. You can use these to walk through anything that we did together! You have an exploration due next monday, see all the details here. Don’t forget that you have a project due in a couple… Read More Week 2 Notes and Resources
Your first project is creating a portfolio of fractal images. See details about the project here. The project is due 2/13 due 2/27, and you can find more resources and information about fractals here.
Sketch a simple object or a shape. Let’s call it the base. Mark some points that stick out. For instance, if you draw a cat face, mark the tips of cats’ ears. Draw smaller versions of the base at each of the marked points. Keep repeating until the shapes are too small! You are making… Read More Exploration 1: Tree Fractals
This week, we will start to explore fractals through some hands-on activities. You can find information from the class here.
This semester, I have been using BlendSpace to hold all of the videos, images, and links that I share with this class. We do a number of hands-on activities in each class, so those aren’t captured in these “lessons,” but a generally post a link to a description of a similar activity for student who… Read More Math | Art | Design, Spring 2016
This week we started to unpack fractals a bit. We started with talking about the Droste effect, the effect of a picture appearing within itself. These images can also spiral in on each other and if you google “Droste effect” you will get many such images. We didn’t watch it in class but you can… Read More Week 9 Recap: Fractals!
This week we finished with symmetry. You can click here for notes in which I review the types of symmetry (reflection, rotation, translation, and glide reflection) and go over how we categorize rosettes, frieze patterns, and wallpaper patterns. I also gave out this flowchart that can be used to help you classify a wallpaper pattern. Your… Read More Week 8 Recap: Symmetry wrap-up and a first taste of fractals
This week we are going to learn about one of the most famous fractals, the Mandelbrot set In class, we watched more of the NOVA special on fractals: http://youtu.be/LemPnZn54Kw?t=20m12s (from the start to about minute 24) We then talked about iteration, and found that to make good pictures, we need complex numbers. As an introduction… Read More Week 7: Mandelbrot Set and Complex Numbers
You’ve all dipped a toe into fractal creation, but it’s time to push that a little further as you work on the fractal project. Here are some resources to get you going: A TED talk by Ron Eglash on African fractals. You can create your own fractals with this simple tool. Another tool that does… Read More Creating Fractals