The Self-Made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature (FYS)|
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Philip Ball, Shapes, NATURE'S PATTERNS, A TAPESTRY IN THREE PARTS (2009), ISBN 978-0-19-923796-8
Philip Ball, FLOW, NATURE'S PATTERNS, A TAPESTRY IN THREE PARTS (2009), ISBN 978-0-19-923797-5
Philip Ball, BRANCHES, NATURE'S PATTERNS, A TAPESTRY IN THREE PARTS (2009), ISBN 978-0-19-923798-2
All three are available as ebooks in the library catalogue.
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Regular short (roughly 800 words) writing assignments.
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|Instructor(s): Westmoreland,T. David Times: .M.W... 01:20PM-02:40PM; Location: HALL84; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|
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