# MCS-177 Project: Fractal Curves

## Due: April 4, 2001

## Problem

In this project, you will experiment with tree recursion by looking at
fractal curves. Complete the project and its report individually (not
in partners).
## Project Report

As usual, write up a lab report that explains the project to an
audience generally knowledgeable about Scheme, but ignorant of
specifically what you did. Answer all of the questions posed, but do
not simply write up your lab as a sequence of exercises. Instead, try
to convey the big picture of what the project accomplished. Remember,
there are some tips in the document entitled
*Suggestions for clear reports
in computer science courses*.
Some notes on Exercise 4.7 are in order. We do expect you to be able
to prove that the length of the C-curve is determined by the pattern.
One way to do this is to determine a formula `L`(`d`, `n`) for the
length of a level-`n` C-curve between two points distance
`d` apart. You can then use induction on `n` to
prove that the formula is correct for all `d` and for all
nonnegative integers `n`.
If you do the proof this way, you will be proving a theorem with two
variables in it, `d` and `n`. Note that when you
write the induction hypothesis, you should rename both variables, but
only add a restriction to the one corresponding with `n`. For an example of this, see page 55.
The theorem on that page involves the two variables `a` and
`b`. The induction hypothesis renames them to `i`
and `k`, and adds the restriction
`k` < `b`.

## Computer Exercises

Work through all the exercises of section 4.3 in the text, except that
exercise 4.8 is an optional problem you may do if you have time and interest.
One technical tip: if you can't see a fractal with fine details clearly
because it is too small, you can enlarge the image in Scheme by using the
resize-image procedure, which is built-in to our Scheme. For example,

(resize-image (line 0 0 1 1) 500)

would give you an image of a line from the center of
the image to the upper-right corner, but it would be much larger than
usual.
Rather than typing in the definition of c-curve, you can click on the
following file in Netscape and save it somewhere in your home directory.

~mc27/labs/fractal-curves/c-curve.scm