Open Letter to Borut L.
- To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
- Subject: [mg26463] Open Letter to Borut L.
- From: Ken Levasseur <Kenneth_Levasseur at uml.edu>
- Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 22:46:47 -0500 (EST)
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
I wrote this to Borut L, who recently posted a message on Mathgroup,
but it kicked back to me because of a bad address. So I'm posting this
so that he might get it. The message also applies to anyone else who
may be interested in math mentoring.
Ken Levasseur wrote:
> Your response to Alan is well written. It immediately brought to mind the
> search that I'm involved in for on-line mentors in a program called Making
> Mathematics ( http://www2.edc.org/makingmath/). We're looking for people who
> enjoy helping students explore mathematics. In fact one of the research
> project we have on the site, Inspi, is based on turtle graphics. Check out the
> site and if you're interested in applying as a mentor, you'd be welcome.
> Ken Levasseur
> EDC/UMass Lowell
> PS: You don't identify yourself as a grad or undergrad student. Although we've
> been looking for grads and postgrads, I don't think we have a rule set in stone
> about who can apply as a mentor.
> > > I am a beginner in Mathematica and need to know how to generate a Koch
> > > snowflake fractal. Please help.
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Alan
> > Hi Alan,
> > An intuitive approach, imitating 'logo turtle graphics', is very convinient
> > for rather simplex, yet creative fractal graphics.
> > It goes like this:
> > You start by drawing a straight line in a specific direction. You are
> > drawing it until you bump into a rule, a rule that order you to change
> > direction. After rotating for a specific angle, you continue drawing a
> > straight line in that direction. And so on...
> > For Koch's curve this approach would look like this:
> > initial route:
> > F+F--F+F
> > where F meand 'forward', i.e. drawing a straight unit line and +/- means
> > 'rotating for Pi/3' in positive/negative direction.
> > Now, n-th order Koch's curve will be an initial route, recursively gotten by
> > applying the
> > rule:
> > F -> F+F--F+F
> > Since you say you are a begginer in Mathematica, it might not be obvious for
> > you at the start to implement this in Mathematica. But afterall, aren't the
> > new things those from which we learn?
> > bye,
> > Borut Levart
> > a physics student
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