Introduction
Why study fractals?
What's so hot about
fractals, anyway?
Making fractals
Sierpinski Triangle
Using Java
Math questions
Sierpinski Meets Pascal
Jurassic Park Fractal
It grows complex
Real first iteration
Encoding the Fractal
World's Largest
Koch Snowflake
Infinite perimeter
Finite area
AntiSnowflake
Fractal Properties Selfsimilarity
Fractional dimension
Formation by iteration
For Teachers
Teachers' Notes
TeachertoTeacher
Comments My fractals mail
Send fractals mail
Fractals on the Web
The Math Forum
Other Math Lessons
by Cynthia Lanius


What are Fractals?
They're everywhere, those bright, weird, beautiful shapes called fractals. But what are they, really?
Fractals are geometric figures, just like rectangles, circles and squares, but fractals have special properties that those figures do not have.
There's lots of information on the Web about fractals, but most of it is either just pretty pictures or very highlevel mathematics. So this fractals site is for kids, to help them understand what the weird pictures are all about  that it's math  and that it's fun!
Teachers: Every lesson has a print version for classroom use.
Thanks to
Sarah Seastone
at The Math Forum
for her invaluable assistance with editing these pages.
Fractals make "Cool Science"
News
Winners and New Champions!
Congratulations! Students in Mr. Lynch's class in Sandpoint,
Idaho created this 11th iteration Jurassic Park Fractal. It took 128 copies of their original to make. Great job.
Elementary School Champions! Third grade students in Ms. Renner's class at Alief ISD's Chambers Elementary in Houston, TX made this this 9th iteration Jurassic Park Fractal. Wow!
