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The Self-Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature (FYS)
Fall 2021
Section: 01  

The natural world is filled with intricate patterns: for example, the characteristic stripes and spots of animals, the shifting landscapes of wind-blown desert sand dunes, the hexagonal forms of honeycombs, the near perfect six-fold symmetry of snowflakes, the branching patterns of arterial structures, convection patterns in fluids, and the forms of soap films. Research suggests that many of these diverse patterns arise from a few relatively simple mechanisms that are independent of the fine details of each system. We will examine a wide range of these natural phenomena to develop insights into how complex morphologies may appear from a few simpler pattern-forming principles.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM CHEM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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