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Interactive video lesson plan for: BLOSSOMS - Fabulous Fractals and Difference Equations

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Visit the MIT BLOSSOMS website at http://blossoms.mit.edu/

Video Summary: This learning video introduces students to the world of Fractal Geometry through the use of difference equations. As a prerequisite to this lesson, students would need two years of high school algebra (comfort with single variable equations) and motivation to learn basic complex arithmetic. Ms. Zager has included a complete introductory tutorial on complex arithmetic with homework assignments downloadable here. Also downloadable are some supplemental challenge problems. Time required to complete the core lesson is approximately one hour, and materials needed include a blackboard/whiteboard as well as space for students to work in small groups. During the in-class portions of this interactive lesson, students will brainstorm on the outcome of the chaos game and practice calculating trajectories of difference equations.

See the original video and more on MIT TechTV - http://techtv.mit.edu/videos/3399

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