Fractals & Chaos Recap for 10/31

We put up the random zig-zags that you created last night and noticed that while the pattern tendered to wander away from the central line, it would eventually trend back as well. The pattern of central line crosses came in “bursts,” and the frequency of these bursts demonstrated fractal-like, self-similar qualities.

We returned to the classroom to examine another version of this, a Chaos Game app designed by Fractals & Chaos alum Istvan Burbank. We saw the impact that different constraints on random movement had on the pattern that movement created, including one very surprising result. We closed out the period investigating and playing with this app some more.

For Monday, read the Discover Magazine article Chaos Hits Wall Street. While this is an old article (1993!) it addresses a lot of the topics we’ll be discussing in the second part of the course. We’ll see some updated takes on the theories presented in the next articles.