The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next monthly Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, March 22, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 103 Cook. Our speakers will be GRCC Adjunct Mathematics Instructor Julia Moore and retired GRCC Mathematics Instructor Tom Worthington. The title and abstract of their talk may be found below.
This seminar should be of interest to a wide audience; the beauty and complexity of fractals can be appreciated by anyone. As always, anyone from the greater GRCC community is welcome.
Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.
Fractals and Chaos
Beyond their captivating images, why are fractals so interesting to mathematicians? The answer comes from their unique history, recent discovery and their many interesting properties of symmetry, simplistic complexity and self-similarity. Fractals are very different from the lines and curves created by most simple equations, yet these complex graphs come from very basic functions that only reveal their complexity as they are recursively applied. Many mathematicians believe they may be used as a way of predicting seemingly “random” events in the natural world, and their applications have greatly improved the advances of the field known as Chaos Theory.
For the talk, bring in your TI-83 or TI-84 calculators and get programs that combine Newton’s Method with fractals.