11-26-2013

posted Nov 26, 2013, 7:38 AM by Samuel Konstantinovich   [ updated Nov 26, 2013, 7:38 AM ]
GOAL: To Tree (...Four Five)

1. Basic tree (Should be finished at home if you have issues in class)
Write a turtle context function tree n 
*-It makes a size n fractal tree. The angle should be constant (it can be a slider) and the branch size should be constant (it can be a slider also)

Hints:
-There is NO REPEAT command inside the tree command.
-When you define tree you use brackets:
to tree[n]
  ...
end

-When you CALL tree, you don't put brackets:
tree 5
tree x + 1
tree n - 2
etc.

2a. Advanced tree. We will discuss this tomorrow at the start of class, then you have time to work on it 
Write a turtle context function BetterTree n angle branch.

You can still use a slider, but it should be for the STARTING angle and STARTING branch value:
You could have sliders TREE_SIZE BRANCH_ANGLE BRANCH_SIZE
you could have a button:    
   BetterTree TREE_SIZE BRANCH_ANGLE BRANCH_SIZE

Hints:
*-Multiple parameters are in the same brackets:   to betterTree [n angle branch]
*-Make sure you call BetterTree inside your function, not your old tree.
*-You can change the value of the angle and branch as you use recursion just like  you change n by calling tree n-1.

2b) Make the branch size decrease every time you call tree.  
2b) Make the angle change (smaller or bigger) every time you call the tree.
*-Example of decaying /random :
      betterTree n - 1 angle + random 3 - random 3 branch * .75
*-Parenthesis are not requred for this but you can use them to help you read the code:
      betterTree (n - 1)  (angle + random 3 - random 3)  (branch * .75)

EXTRA CREDIT Due Tuesday after break: Make the coolest looking tree function you can. I will compare them in class and choose the coolest looking ones. (My opinion judges) You can work on them at home, I will judge them after thanksgiving. Your goal could be to make a somewhat organic looking tree, or to make a really complex but very viewable tree. Don't just make rainbows... Also don't just copy my Sakura tree with the falling leaves. You can animate this.
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