Fractals In Nature (By Joyce Liu)

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1. What are fractals in nature?

Fractals consist of recurring shapes that creates beautiful things in nature. Fractals can be made up of simple shapes such as regular polygons, or complicated spiral patterns. Some fractals in nature include snowflakes, tree branches, honeycombs and ferns. Fractals are everywhere in nature and is usually used to describe the coastline paradox – where one coastline unable to be accurately measured due to the coastline always being too repetitive, no matter how accurate the details are of the coastline.

2. Which of the fractals we’ve looked at so far do you like best? Why?

Although we have not looked at this fractal in class so far, I like the snowflake the most as it is an incredibly small flake of condensed water, yet is still able to hold a unique and recurring shape. There are many different patterns for a snowflake – with their shapes being almost as singular as a fingerprint! Although it is possible for snowflakes to have the same design, they are still just as beautiful and unique in their size.

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