## What you’ll learn to do: Understand fractal shapes and the scaling dimension relation

In the 1980’s and 90’s fractals were a popular, household idea. Their presence in popular culture may have waned in the last 20 years, but their presence in nature, economics, and nearly everything around us has not. In this section, we will introduce some of the fundamental ideas, and terminology that will help you begin to understand the mathematical principles that define fractals.