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Mandelbrot Set


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Filename mandel.zip (Download)
Title Mandelbrot Set
Description A fractal generator
Author Jimmy MÃ¥rdell (yarin@acc.umu.se)
Category TI-92 Assembly Misc. Programs (Fargo II)
File Size 12,967 bytes
File Date and Time Sun Mar 15 21:05:38 1998
Documentation Included? No
Source Code Included? No



Review by  Nature Leseul
Reviewed on 2004-11-22
Suitability: 7/10 Well done, but not really the right sort of program for a calculator.
Ease-Of-Use: 7/10 Quite easy to use; documentation is thorough. Zoom box moves too fast.
Overall: 5/10 Just not well-suited for the calculator platform. Use the space for Falldown or something else small.

Well, let's face it. No matter how powerful it is, the TI-92 just really isn't up to the task of fractal browsing. Even the Mandelbrot set, just about the simplest fractal in existence, takes a hideously long time to render, even at the lowest zoom level at an iteration level which still makes the details of the set completely unnoticeable.

This is not to say that Mandelbrot92 is a flawed program. It does its job as well as it can for the system. It includes an adjustable zoom box and varying iteration limits, allowing you to explore the M-set - up to a point. After you zoom in a few times, the program gives up trying to calculate and simply presents you with a black or white screen. (You can almost hear the circuits frying with the strain of the calculation.) The zoom box also moves way too fast when its size is reduced too much, making it hard to zoom in on a precise spot.

At any rate, if you want to look at the true splendor of the M-set, my advice is not to bother with this program. Look around on the Web for a while, find a good program for your PC instead, and use your calculator for what it's meant to be used for. I personally recommend Fractint for that purpose; it's a (freeware) fractal generator that runs pretty well on just about any system you want.

Fortunately, Mandelbrot-92 takes up less than 2K on the calculator, so if you want to just glance at it and see what all the fuss about fractals is, or just give a simple demonstration to those people in your math class who keep bugging you about what the M-set image on the back of your math club T-shirt is, then you can probably use it.


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Archive Contents
Name Size
Mandelgr.asm   6974
Mandelgr.92p   1608
Mandel3.gif   1322
Mandel2.gif   1189
Mandel1.gif   1591
Mandel.txt   3916
Mandel.asm   6218
Mandel.92p   1520

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