# The Jurassic Park Fractal

In this assignment we will learn how to make the Jurassic Park fractal. This fractal got this name because various stages of it it were drawn in the book Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton. It is also called the dragon curve or dragon fractal.

The fractal can be produced in the following way. Start by drawing a vertical line segment. Make a note of the starting (e.g., top) and ending point of the segment. Next, rotate it 90 degrees (counterclockwise) about the end point, and draw together the original image and the rotated image. To continue, mark the ending point of the rotated image. Rotate the entire image 90 degrees about that point, and combine the original with the rotated image. This process can be repeated as many times as desired. To help you perform the process, note that the ending point of the original image gets matched with the starting point of the rotated image.

Here are pictures of the first 15 steps. In each picture the original is drawn in blue and the rotated image in red. Each successive image was shrunk to make it fit inside the same size square. However, the thickness of the lines is always the same; that is why it appears that the picture is being filled in. The picture at the top of the page was made by performing the process until the 15th step.