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Abstract The 4 N {4N} carpets are a class of infinitely ramified selfsimilar fractals with a large group of symmetries. For a 4 N {4N} carpet F , let { F n } n ≥ 0 {\{F_{n}\}_{n\geq 0}} be the natural decreasing sequence of compact prefractal approximations with ⋂ n F n = F {\bigcap_{n}F_{n}=F} . On each F n {F_{n}} , let ℰ ( u , v ) = ∫ F N ∇ u ⋅ ∇ v d x {\mathcal{E}(u,v)=\int_{F_{N}}\nabla u\cdot\nabla v\,dx} be the classical Dirichlet form and u n {u_{n}} be the unique harmonic function on F n {F_{n}} satisfying a mixed boundary value problem corresponding to assigning a constant potential between two specific subsets of the boundary. Using a method introduced by [M. T. Barlow and R. F. Bass,On the resistance of the Sierpiński carpet, Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. Ser. A 431 (1990), no. 1882, 345–360], we prove a resistance estimate of the following form: there is ρ = ρ ( N ) > 1 {\rho=\rho(N)>1} such that ℰ ( u n , u n ) ρ n {\mathcal{E}(u_{n},u_{n})\rho^{n}} is bounded above and below by constants independent of n . Such estimates have implications for the existence and scaling properties of Brownian motion on F .more » « less

null (Ed.)We consider criteria for the differentiability of functions with continuous Laplacian on the Sierpiński Gasket and its higherdimensional variants [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text], proving results that generalize those of Teplyaev [Gradients on fractals, J. Funct. Anal. 174(1) (2000) 128–154]. When [Formula: see text] is equipped with the standard Dirichlet form and measure [Formula: see text] we show there is a full [Formula: see text]measure set on which continuity of the Laplacian implies existence of the gradient [Formula: see text], and that this set is not all of [Formula: see text]. We also show there is a class of nonuniform measures on the usual Sierpiński Gasket with the property that continuity of the Laplacian implies the gradient exists and is continuous everywhere in sharp contrast to the case with the standard measure.more » « less