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MT4513 Fractal Geometry

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:12.00 noon Mon (even weeks), Tue and Thu

The aim of this module is to introduce the mathematics used to describe and analyse fractals and to show how the theory may be applied to examples drawn from across mathematics and science. The module discusses the philosophy and scope of fractal geometry; and may include topics such as dimension, representation of fractals by iterated function systems, fractals in other areas of mathematics such as dynamical systems and number theory, Julia sets and the Mandelbrot set.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all programmes in the School.

UG Pre-requisite(s):(MT2503 or MT2001) and any one of MT3501 - MT3504
UG Anti-requisite(s):MT5813

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 1 tutorial (weeks 2 - 11).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 115

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 100%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 0%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 100%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof K J Falconer
Module teaching staff:Prof K J Falconer