The n-simplex and its generalizations towards fractals

Authors: Kosi-Ulbl, Irena; Pagon, Dušan

Source: International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, Volume 33, Number 3, 1 May 2002 , pp. 393-404(12)

Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd

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Nature is full of different crystals and many of them have shapes of regular geometric objects. Those in which the fractal structure of a geometric object can be recognized are especially unusual. In this paper a generalization of one of these shapes is described: a formation, based on an n-dimensional simplex. The construction of an n-dimensional simplex is given in detail as well as the process of building a fractal-like object, based on a simplex in an n-dimensional space. A formula is also derived for the generalized volume of such a formation. To one's surprise, this formula uncovers the fact that the sequence of the generalized volume of n-simplex formations converges to zero as the dimension of the containing space increases.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: May 1, 2002

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