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Introduction to non linear functions and fractals
Submitted by Noufal Ibrahim (@noufalibrahim) on Sunday, 10 January 2016
Technical level: Beginner
The audience will understand how non linear functions work while modelling natural phenomena. It will then introduce fractals, how they’re generated and what they’re used for.
Non linear functions are often used to model complex phenomena but they’re complex to analyse and their behaviour is close to impossible to predict. Dynamic systems (like the weather etc.) are often modelled using such equations. This talk will give the audience an idea of how complex even the simplest non linear system can be and how we can appreciate tools to analyse them.
The talk will include several custom programs written specificially to illustrate ideas which are discussed.
An interest in maths, a decent grasp of high school maths and some basic idea of computer graphics.
I semi-regularly conduct workshops at The Lycaeum on various interesting technical topics. Chaos theory and fractals have been a hobby for a long time and I’ve been messing with this for over a decade now.