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Fractal Geometry in Pharmaceutical and Biological Applications

Authored by: Patricia Tang , Hak-Kim Chan

Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9781841848198
eBook ISBN: 9781351124874
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EPT4-v3-7

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Abstract

Fractals can be considered as disordered systems with a nonintegral dimension, called the fractal dimension. An important property of fractal objects is that they are self-similar, independent of scale. This means that if part of them is cutout, and then this part is magnified, the resulting object will look exactly the same as the original one. The other distinct property of a fractal is the power law or scaling behavior, where the property and variable of a system are related in the following manner: 1 Property   α   Variable f(D)

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