The goal of this research was to study what factors affect the dimension of a copper fractal. A fractal is any shape that is self similar, meaning repetitive patterns can be found on large and small scales, for example: a snowflake, the branches of a tree, or in this case crystallized copper. Their other defining characteristic is their non-integer dimension, the copper fractals lie in between 1-D and 2-D. The factors tested in this experiment were the concentration, voltage and shape of cell. Once the copper fractal had been formed its image was scanned into a computer where a program then analyzed the fractals dimension.
Andrew Reindel, ’09 Independence, MN
Sponsor: Derin Sherman