Chaos theory is the study of systems that are highly sensitive to slight, even imperceptible changes in initial conditions. This is popularly known as the butterfly effect. Many natural systems exhibit chaotic behavior, including weather and electron orbitals.

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Is the double pendulum an example of a strange attractor?

Imagine a pendulum to which is attached another one (not necessarily the same length). Does this pendulum, when you let it go (which can be done in many ways but let's keep the total potential ...
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How to define quantum chaos?

I was told that quantum chaos is just a system whose Hamiltonian's classical version shows chaotic behavior. However, I just wondering what happens when one eigenstate of this Hamiltonian evolves? ...
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How far ahead can we predict solar and lunar eclipses?

The solar system is non-integrable and has chaos. The sun-earth-moon three-body system might be chaotic. So, how far into the future can we predict solar eclipses and/or lunar eclipses? How about ...
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Motion of a bouncing sphere with a spring attached inside

Imagine a sphere with inside a spring attached (between opposite sides). You let it fall from a certain height, after which it bounces from a flat surface. The sphere is rigid. Will the following ...
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Initial conditions for a non-chaotic double pendulum

I know that the initial condition of the full double pendulum being horizontal yields motion that is not chaotic. Is there another set of initial conditions that would yield non-chaotic motion? Or do ...
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Does Lyapunov exponent equate to exponential inflation?

Physics can be modeled by dynamical systems $f^t(x)$ as well as by PDEs. The most common dynamical system has hyperbolic fixed point and can be an attractor or a repellor. The dynamics at repellors ...
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What is a “stochastic web”?

In this lecture-video (at about 37:17) on Hamiltonian dynamics, the instructor mentions that for an (Arnold-Liouville) integrable finite-dimensional Hamiltonian system one has the following: Phase-...
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Why do many people link entropy to chaos?

I understand that, in thermodynamics, entropy has a precise definition (the infinitesimal change of entropy being the infinitesimal heat transfer divided by the temperature), and that in statistical ...
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How to visualize an electron existing in two different places at the same time?

Let's consider a hypothetical situation where there are two electrons. The first electron is in superposition, simultaneously existing in two different locations. Let the locations be ...
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What is a stroboscopic map?

I have an assignment where I'm supposed to generate a "stroboscopic map" of some orbits of a dynamical system. I have a hard time finding information about exactly what this kind of map is on the ...
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Validity of the Lyapunov exponent approximation

I was trying to get the Lyapunov exponent for some dynamical nonlinear systems and found that it is not true (as I had expected) that the distance between two trajectories with slightly different ...
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Can tearing a piece of paper be chaotic?

When one thinks of chaos, then automatically the thought pops up that a very little difference in the initial conditions enlarges over time and you end up with a totally different end situation. When ...
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Can we bring the distribution of the landing places of falling leaves from a tree bring in connection with some kind of attractor? [closed]

I have already asked a few weeks ago if the motion of a falling leave is chaotic. Wich it is. But if we consider the collection of the trajectories of all the falling leaves, a pattern emerges on the ...
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Does the Lyapunov exponent and Entropy change? [closed]

If $\lambda$ is the largest positive Lyapunov exponent of a piecewise linear dynamical chaotic discrete in time map, then is there a relationship between the entropy and its $\lambda$. In the paper ...
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Is the butterfly effect real?

Is the butterfly effect real? It is a well known statement that a butterfly can, by flapping her wings in a slightly different way, cause a hurricane somewhere else in the world that wouldn't occur if ...
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What creates the chaotic motion on a double pendulum?

As we know, The double pendulum has a chaotic motion. But, why is this? I mean, the mass of the two pendulums are the same and they have the same length. But, what makes its motion random? I'm just ...
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What is the highest energy position for a double pendulum? And for which energy positions is it chaotic?

Math/physics teachers love to break out the double pendulum as an example of chaotic motion that is very sensitive to initial conditions. I have some questions about specific properties: For a ...
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Fermi-Pasta-Ulam for the beam equation

The Fermi-Pasta-Ulam numerical experiment is based upon the discrete wave equation, with a small non-linearity added to the forcing term. Does anybody know of similar research performed on the beam ...
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Is a falling leaf an example of a chaotic system?

Let´s assume is a wind still day in autumn. When a little change is made in the initial motion of a leaf at the time it falls off a tree, the resulting path of motion of the leaf is very different ...
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Lyapunov exponents of a damped, driven harmonic oscillator

I am supposed to calculate Lyapunov exponent of a damped, driven harmonic oscillator given by $\ddot{x} + 2\beta \dot{x} + \omega_0^2 x = f\cos(\omega t)$ Lyapunov exponent is $\lambda$ in $\delta x(...
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How to compute the Liapunov exponents in henon map?

I am trying to compute the Liapunov exponents in Henón map, but i don't know the theory that i need, in logistic map is easy but in 2-dimensions? how is in general case? i need program it in Fortran ...
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Question about a Attractors in Non-linear Systems

I've recently been reading up on non-linear dynamics and came across the concept of attractors. I'd like to ask if the concept of attractors can be used for pedestrian egress from a room? Since ...
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Homoclinic orbit and a particle in a double well

The physical set-up is a classical particle in a parabolic double well: Physically, a particle with reasonable amount of potential energy would be able to roll down the slope of the well, roll past ...
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T-Symmetry and spatial symmetry of a multivariate conserved quantity

Definition: A reversible system is defined to be any second-order system that is invariant under the map. $t \mapsto -t$ $y \mapsto -y$ Suppose there exists a multivariate function $f(x,...
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Meaning of Smooth Dynamical System?

What does smooth dynamical system mean? It is the title of a paper I am supposed to read in non linear systems.
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Symbolic dynamics of a multidimensional system

Let $x_t = F(x_{t-1})$ be a discrete-time dynamical system in the chaotic regime. Starting from an initial condition $x_0$, we can generate a time series $(x_t)$ where $t =1,2,...,T$ indicates the ...
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Mapping between numbers and symbolic representations

I am not a physicist but applying symbolic dynamics for information coding in signal processing. Is there any mapping between symbols and numbers?
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Does a simple double pendulum have transients?

Suppose, we have the most simple double pendulum: Both masses are equal. Both limbs are equal. No friction. No driver. Arbitrary initial conditions (no restriction to low energies) Does this ...
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Would two identical universes evolve identically? [duplicate]

What if there were 2 universes (completely disconnected - not part of the same multiverse) which were identical and a given point in time (say when they first began). Would these 2 universes evolve in ...
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Why is my Lyapunov exponent similar for single and double pendulum?

This is my first question here on stackexchange. I hope that I can be understood. If not, tell me and I will reformulate and fill in with details. I have simulated a single pendulum and a double ...
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What is a quantum scar?

This notion was proposed by Heller in 1984. But his paper is hard to follow (at least for me). Does anyone has a good understanding? Is it just judged by the naked eye?
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When is an attractor meaningful?

I’m originally a computer scientist; so I hope my question is not trivial. I’m working with time series and want to reconstruct the phase space from the time series based on time-lagged versions of ...
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How can noise be used in physics simulations? [closed]

I have been studying chaotic dynamical systems and noise. What is the difference between chaos and noise? I have looked over the internet for a good definition of what noise is but I haven't managed ...
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If the solar system is a sensitive chaotic system, can gravity waves make orbits unpredictable?

Scott Tremaine says here ..for practical purposes the positions of the planets are unpredictable further than about a hundred million years in the future because of their extreme sensitivity to ...
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Is it possible to let a flag ``stand frozen in time``?

It´s clear that a moving flag is a chaotic system. But is it nontheless possible, under certain conditions and a uniform wind velocity, to make the flag look frozen in time, i.e., flat without ...
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Understanding this metaphor involving e-mails, chaos and phase transitions [closed]

I asked this question on the English Stack Exchange and people advised to try get the answer here. I can’t get the idea of metaphor in the last sentence of the following quote: Instead, email ...
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Extending the ergodic theorem to non-equilibrium systems

I try to make this as short and concise as possible. For equilibrium systems in statistical mechanics, we have the Liouville's theorem which says that the volume in phase space is conserved when the ...
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Understanding the Equation for the Lyapunov Exponent

I'm trying to calculate the Lyapunov exponent for a simple dynamical system, but I think I have misunderstood the equation. My calculations constantly lead to zero, although I'm varying initial ...
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A good, concrete example of using “chaos theory” to solve an easily understood engineering problem?

Can anyone suggest a good, concrete example of using "chaos theory" to solve an easily understood engineering problem? I'm wondering if there is a an answer of the following sort: "We have a high ...
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Does the uncertainty principle go against chaos theory?

My understanding of the uncertainty principle and quantum physics is that any given object may, without notice or explanation, spontaneously perform an action it previously was unable to do with a ...
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Do all equillibrium points of a discrete mapping show up on the bifurcation diagram?

The question in the title is perhaps vaguely posed, so I'll include the concrete example which is bugging me. Suppose we have a mapping given by $$N_{t+1}=N_t\cdot \exp(r(1-N_t-PN_t/(\alpha^2+N_t^2)))...
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Randomness v. complexity

There are a few other topics I found that explore this idea from a different perspective: Is randomness deterministic? Can randomness exist? Is the universe fundamentally deterministic? My ...
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Chaos is predictable?

I'm reading a book of computational physics [1] where the driven nonlinear pendulum is studied in depth. This is the equation derived in the book: $$ \frac{d^2\theta}{dt^2} = -\frac{g}{l}\sin\theta - ...
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Non-Linear Behavior of Iterated Functional Maps

The universal behavior of certain iterated nonlinear function maps (ie period doubling bifurcation route to chaos): $$x_{i+1}=f(x_i)$$ have been known since Feigenbaum: (see http://...
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Physical distinction between mixing and ergodicity

How can one in a very contrasting manner distinguish between the physical meaning of mixing dynamics and that of ergodic dynamics? More precisely, is one a stronger condition than the other? (which ...
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Can binary sequences generated from ergodic maps be chaotic?

Briefly, the way symbols are generated is: Consider a one-dimensional chaotic map $T: [0,1]→[0,1]$ and a time series $\{x_n\}_{n=1}^N$ generated with this map. Define a threshold $A$ and a ...
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How fast will a small disturbance propagate to affect all of Earth?

As far as I understand it, quantum mechanics requires that a particle's position to be not specifically determined in space, but rather be 'spread' out through space, in the sense that we can only ...
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Does the “Andromeda Paradox” (Rietdijk–Putnam-Penrose) imply a completely deterministic universe?

Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rietdijk–Putnam_argument Abstract of 1966 Rietdijk paper: A proof is given that there does not exist an event, that is not already in the past for ...
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Analytic proof that Lyapunov exponents in Hamiltonian systems pairwise sum to zero

I have read that in Hamiltonian systems, Lyapunov exponents come in pairs $(\lambda_i, \lambda_{2N-i+1})$ such that their sum is equal to zero. Is there a way of proving this analytically? EDIT: ...
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Infinitesimal input, macroscopic output

I must admit that I never got well how physicists handle infinitesimal quantities, mainly because of my education as a mathematician. So the following lines (taken from the preface of Berezin and ...