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Fractals and the Art of Roughness

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Roughness is everywhere, contributing to the incredible complexity of the world around us. This complexity, however, is not without it's own unique sense of order. Join world-renown mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot as he looks at numerous examples of repeated patterns, or fractals, found in everything from cauliflower florets and the outlines of clouds to the jagged peaks of mountains.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Watch this video during a high school algebra lesson series on recursive functions
  • Support young mathematicians by developing a note-taking guide to accompany this video
  • Flip your math classroom by assigning this video as a homework activity
Classroom Considerations
  • The presenter has a thick Polish accent, but this reviewer could understand him without too much trouble 
  • The mathematical content presented in this resource is somewhat complicated, so be sure to assess the readiness of your class before showing the video
  • Pictures are shown throughout the video that visually support the different concepts being discussed
  • A brief assessment with multiple choice and free response questions is included with the video
  • Teachers are given the option to create customized lessons based on this video
  • You may want to create your own quiz to go along with this video, as the included assessment only offers two questions