ACCESSMath Portion

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8:3010:15 a.m. JTB 120 
We will discuss how classical geometric objects rescale when the underlying space is deformed, and how this relates to their "dimension". Strange objects called fractals also have rescaling laws, and resulting dimensions which are most likely NOT natural numbers, i.e. you can get "fractional" dimensions. We will discuss some of the history and construction of fractals. 
10:30noon Physics 205 (Math Lab) 
Play with fractals in MAPLE. Unfortunately the site license problem has come back to bite us, and we must work in the Math Computer Lab rather than the Marriott lab. This means you'll get to work in a UNIX environment, which is good for you because UNIX is not uncommon on campus, but which is mildly irritating because it's yet another operating system....Anyway, once we're in Maple it doesn't matter what platform we're on. 
Barnsely Fern Mandelbrot Set 
This fern applet is better than anything we'll be able to do in Maple. We won't discuss Julia and Mandelbrot sets in detail, but they're wild. 
8:3010:15 a.m. THIS IS A CHANGE!!! Physics 205 
Play with fractals in MAPLE. We must work in the Math Computer Lab rather than the Marriott lab, see above. Since we had so much fun on Monday talking about fractals, we only get to play with them today......We will have to talk about human heightweight scaling on Friday ... I need your data by Thursday!!! 
10:30noon JTB 120 
"What if Animals were Fractals?", a lecture by Fred Adler who is fractional himself, being 1/2 Math Professor and 1/2 Biology Professor. 
8:3010:15 a.m. 
JTB 120 Advising Session for Math Courses, with our Director of Undergraduate Services Angie Gardiner. 
10:30noon JWB 335 
"Percolation, polycrystals, polymers and penguins: the mathematics and physics of Antarctic sea ice and hitech composite materials" lecture by Math Professor Ken Golden. 
8:3010:00 JTB 120 
Discussion of the heightweight project 
10:0012:00 South Physics 205 
Project work on fractals, and on how human heights and weights are related. 