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Fractals - endlessly repeating pattern

by frita
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What has an endlessly repeating pattern containing shapes that are like the whole, but of different sizes

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Jan 14, 2011
Math – Fractals
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The question:
by Frita
(Iowa City, Iowa)


What has an endlessly repeating pattern containing shapes that are like the whole, but of different sizes


The answer:

Fractals

One way to think about Fractals: a world within a world within a world within a world within …

It is the same idea as two mirrors facing one another, reflecting the same image back and forth an infinite number of times.

Fractals can be generated by computer. They are also found in nature (e.g.: ice crystals and river systems).

Not only are fractals mysterious and beautiful, they have practical uses in the mathematics of astronomy, economics, meteorology, ecology, and multimedia computer applications.


You can find images of fractals at:

http://www.google.com/images?q=fractals&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=qgwxTZDxNYLmsQPjl9SQBg&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCUQsAQwAA&biw=1045&bih=601





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