A Web-Based Fractal Geometry Course for Non-Science Students

  • Michael Frame
Conference paper
Part of the The IMA Volumes in Mathematics and its Application book series (IMA, volume 132)


I have been teaching fractal geometry as an introduction to scientific thinking for non-science students since 1986. That year, before computer projection systems were common, I generated the necessary graphics and made transparencies. Since then, support material has developed to include live experiments and projection of increasingly complex graphics. These images are a central part of the course, and yet fractal geometry grows so rapidly that the need to incorporate new material defeats the usefulness of static media such as books. (Nevertheless, we still write books. Peak and Frame (1994) is an attempt at a text for this audience.) With class sizes of about 170, daily distribution of 10 or so pages of images to be projected in class is prohibitively expensive. The alternative appeared to be showing the images in class, and having the students try to take notes. This was far from ideal.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Frame
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  1. 1.Mathematics DepartmentYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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