Tag Archive | fractals

Day 175: All the Julia Sets!


AP Physics C: A student used pygame, a python-based programming language, to make this animated gif of a series Julia Sets. Beautiful, isn’t it?

Here’s the how the c values progress to make the sets:

c = (-1-i); c = (-1-0.9i);  c = (-1-0.8i); … c = (-1+i)
c = (-0.9-i); c = (-0.9-0.9i); … c = (-0.9+i)
c = (-0.8-i); c = (-0.8-0.9i); … c = (-0.8+i)

c = (1-i); c = (1-0.9i); … c = (1+i)

He posted his project on GitHub: https://github.com/jazztext/physics-final

Day 156: Fractals and the Mandelbrot Set

AP Physics C: We watched the NOVA special Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension. There were a lot a parallels between what the mathematicians where saying and the themes in Arcadia. Mandelbrot is a main focus of the special, along with applications of fractals — from CGI special effects to antennas to fashion. Minds were blown.

As a bonus, we looked at select scenes from Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Again, Stoppard shows a knack for mixing science and humor:

College-Prep Physics: Students began work on WebAssign problems about waves.

Conceptual Physics: Students wrapped-up work on the bike light presentations.