GS 2001/Math - Collins
Lab 8
Fractals: Mandelbrot and Julia Sets

In this lab we will explore the popular fractal images. 
Instead of using linear transformations, these use nonlinear
transformations.

There are 6 MATLAB functions we will use. 1. 1D Chaos The first function is chaos.m which is a function which explores the behavior of the difference equation x(n+1) = a x(n) (1-x(n)) for a range of a values. To use, save the file in the work folder and then in MATLAB type chaos(0,4) The two numbers (0 and 4 in this case), specify the range of values for a. 2. 2D Fractals - Quadratic Map The popular fractal images (Mandelbrot and Julia Sets) are based on a simple quadratic difference equation (or quadratic map): z(n+1) = z(n)2 + c This is really a system of difference equations as z(n) and c are complex numbers. If we let z(n) = x(n) + i y(n) and c = a + i b, then this system is x(n+1) = x(n)2 - y(n)2 + a y(n+1) = 2 x(n) y(n) + b This system has equilibrium values, but they are not all stable, and even if they are stable, not all starting values will reach them. To perform some iterations with this system, we need to specify c and a starting value z(0). quadmap.m is a MATLAB script which prompts you for a value for c and z(0) and then plots 30 values of z(n). To enter complex numbers in MATLAB, write them at 2.5 + 0.3*i. Save this script and run it with different values of c and z(0). 3. Julia Sets For each value of c in the quadratic map, there is a Julia set. The Filled Julia Set is the set of all z(0) such that the values z(n) stay bounded. To create the set we take starting values in the box [-2,2]x[-2,2] and for each one we iterate until either we leave the box, or we reach the limit on the number of iterations. If we reach the limit, we say the point is in the set (and draw) it. There are two versions of the Julia Set program, one does b/w and the other does color, using the number of iterations to leave the box as the pointer to the color map. julia.m - b/w filled julia set julia2.m - color filled julia set Both are functions and are called by either julia(c,m) or julia(c,m,[xmin xmax ymin ymax]) where the first instance uses the range [-2,2]x[-2,2], m is the number of points to divide the ranges into. Try m = 50 to start. It might take to long to compute with larger m. Here's some values for c you might try: -1.5 + 0.2i -0.1 + 0.75i -0.4 + 0.8i 0.28 + 0.53i -0.11 + 0.86i -1.32 0.48 + 0.48i 1.5i -0.5 + 0.57i -0.4 + 0.4i 4. Mandelbrot Set There is only one Mandelbrot Set. It is the set of all c values, so that starting with z(0) = 0, the values z(n) remain bounded. The calculation is the same as for the Julia Set, except that c is taken from some range and z(0) is fixed. There are two functions for the Mandelbrot Set: b/w and color: mandel.m - b/w mandelbrot set mandel2.m - color mandelbrot set Both are functions and are used by typing mandel(m) or mandel(m,[xmin xmax ymin ymax]) where m is the number of points to use in each direction and the range is either the default [-2,2]x[-2,2] or as specified. Again, try small values of m first to see how long it takes. 5. Useful Information You can change the colors by using the command colormap colormapname where colormapname is one of: hsv hot gray bone copper pink white flag lines colorcube jet prism cool autumn spring winter summer If you want to print out a graph, you can just choose print from the file menu. (It will come out in b/w). If you want to save a graph as a jpeg to put on your webpage, type axis off print -djpeg your_filename.jpg If you want another type of file, use help print to get the options.
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Last Modified: June 29, 2001