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

Wednesday, January 17, 2001 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Keller 3-180
Michael Frame (Union College-Union University)
Over a decade of experience at teaching fractal geometry to non-science students, together with an underestimation of the work involved in webpage design, led me to develop a web-based version of this course for the fall 2000 semester. Especially when coupled with a wide range of applications, fractal geometry is an ideal topic for this style of instruction. Yet unanticipated consequences of this modality arose almost immediately. I shall illustrate some of the advantages of a web-based fractal geometry course, demonstrate a few of the surprises, and discuss general aspects of the suitability of fractal geometry as a general education science course.