Fractals in the classroom

Paul Knutson, E D Dahlberg

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In examples of fractals such as moon craters,1 rivers,2 cauliflower,3 and bread,4 the actual growth process of the fractal object is missed. In the simple experiment described here, one can observe and record the growth of calcium carbonate crystals - a ubiquitous material found in marble and seashells - in real time. The video frames can be digitized and analyzed to determine the fractal dimension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-389
Number of pages3
JournalPhysics Teacher
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2003

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© 2003 American Association of Physics Teachers.


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