Resources from the STEM Learning collection that explore fractals.
Links and Resources
Q: What does the B in Benoit B Mandelbrot stand for?
A: Benoit B Mandelbrot
Hear the man himself discuss fractals in this engaging TED talk.
See chapter 13- "infinty"
Explore Koch Snowflakes and Sierpinski triangles (with student worksheets)
Students explore the patterns and sequences generated from the perimeters and areas of the von Koch Snowflake. This unit of work includes adding and multiplying fractions, iterative sequence, proportional change and using multiplicative relationships with a single multiplier.
The activity begins by considering observed patterns in number sequences and progresses to the concept of fractals, which is introduced to students through playing 'the chaos game'.
A series of resources exploring the seeming chaotic- including two activities looking a fractals.
Really long curves – exploring the notion of increasing the length of a curve and thus introducing the notion of a fractal.
Towards chaos – an explanation of what the colours represent when drawing fractal pictures. There follows a history of the subject and several pictures of the Mandelbrot Set and other fractals.
The final chapter in this extension material book is called 'Numerical paradoxes' and investigates several paradoxes based on infinite sequences, including a look at ‘count ability’ and fractal distance.