# Tagged Questions

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 energy ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...
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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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### Help - calculation probabilities - new theory [closed]

I need help to calculate exact or approximated probabilities. I am interesting by the content of a new theory (view this link nokton theory for details). Currently, I studing the interactions of two ...
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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 ...
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### integrability and area-preservation property of dynamical systems

Suppose we have a map defined on a plane, $x_{1}=f(x_{0})$, where $x \in \mathbb{R}^{2}$. Assume it is integable: there exists a function $I$ of the phase space variable $x$ such that $I(x)=I(f(x))$. ...
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### Is long-term weather forecast impossible in principle?

This question can be asked about any chaotic dynamical system, but hydrodynamics of the atmosphere makes it more concrete. Arnold describes his 1966 result as follows: I have calculated the ...
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### Calculate/Estimate the fractal dimention of the logistic map

This is the logistic map:. It is a fractal, as some might know here. It has a Hausdorff fractal dimension of 0.538. Is it possible to calculate/measure its fractal dimension using the box counting ...
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### Chaos and integrability in classical mechanics

An Liouville integrable system admits a set of action-angle variables and is by definition non-chaotic. Is the converse true however, are non-integrable systems automatically chaotic? Are there any ...
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### I'm interested in the use of self-similarity in physics. Is this a reputable subject? [closed]

I'm interested in fractals, self-similarity, and chaos. Many physicists disregard these phenomena as candidates to explain the fundamental properties of the universe. However, when I read about ...
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### What is the relationship between quantum physics and chaos theory?

I am not a physicist, I am looking for a non-technical explanation. Articles such as this one seem to hint at the fact that "macro reality" regulated by classical mechanics is somehow a pattern ...
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### What are the differences between logistic map, poincaré map, attractor, phase portrait, bifurcation diagram? [closed]

What are the differences between Logistic map, Poincaré map, Attractor, Phase portrait, Bifurcation diagram Currently I became interested in chaos theory and non-linear dynamics. While ...
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### Is there any book about chaos theory and nonlinear dynamics? [duplicate]

I'm interested in chaos theory and nonlinear dynamics. I learned some knowledge about phase space, attractors, bifurcation diagram, etc from Wikipedia. But I want to study more comprehensive about ...
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### Help explore a self-feedback camera-monitor chaotic system

We are trying to emulate the chaotic system Jim Al-Khalili demonstrate (3 min video). In our chaos lab, we are trying to research the chaotic system shown in the video. We are using just a webcam and ...
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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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### Theory of chaotic systems : Bijective mapping

Considering a one-dimensional chaotic map $T$. The domain of the map (the closed interval $[0,\,1]=I_1 \cup I_1$) is partitioned into two regions (i.e. $I_0\cap I_1=\emptyset$): $[0,\,A] = I_0$ and ...
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### Why is the computer useful if a chaotic system is sensitive to numeric error?

In every textbook on chaos, there are a lot of numerical simulations. A typical example is the Poincare section. But why is numerical simulation still meaningful if the system is very sensitive to ...
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### Origin of chaos in Chua's circuit

I am doing a project on Chua's circuit, but I can't seem to find anything that explains where the chaotic nature of the system comes from. Does anyone know of articles that explain it well on an ...
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### Ratio between power of chaotic and regular airflow

Turbulent field is created as a result of an impact of an airjet on an edge (the flow velocity is high enough). The field of velocities have a regular and a chaotic component. What I need is to ...
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### Current scope of Chaos theory and non-linear dynamics? [closed]

I am a physics undergrad interested in stuff like dynamical systems, chaos theory etc. Is there ongoing research in these fields? I am talking about pure research and not applications to things like ...
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### Change of variables to apply Melnikov method

Supposing there is a system of non-autonomous non-linear differential equations with small damping and small forcing. The unperturbed system (zero damping and forcing) is Hamiltonian but neither has a ...
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### Does big bang have really any justification while we are living within a huge chaos?

All the physicists already know that the n-body problem reveals chaos, so that the planets around the sun should undergo deterministic chaos with a Lyapunov exponent of the order of, say, ...
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### Hysteresis in the Lorenz Equations

I was going through Strogatz's wonderful book on nonlinear dynamics and while reading through one problem he posed at the end of the chapter, I did not really understand what was going on. So I hope ...
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### Can quantum fluctuations affect the double pendulum?

The double pendulum is a simple example of a chaotic system which is extremely sensitive to tiny perturbations in its initial conditions. If we set off two identical double pendulum systems from ...
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### Question on the stability of the solar system

One of the pertinent questions about many body systems that causes me much wonder is why the solar system is so stable for billions of years. I came across the idea of "resonance" and albeit an useful ...
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### Determining the geometry of the phase space of a system [closed]

How do we check the geometry of the phase space ? I mean in classical mechanics we use position and conjugate momenta as a space of all possible states of the particle. How do we know that this phase ...
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### What is the relation between Rössler attractor and thin accretion discs (like in the movie Interstellar)?

Is there any relationship between the Rössler attractor and thin accretion disks, like the accretion disk(s) in the movie Interstellar?
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### What are resonant tori?

What is the definition of a resonant/invariant torus (in the phase space of a Hamiltonian system)? Are there non-resonant tori?
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### Time it takes for a mass in a linked pendulum to flip?

I have created Mathematica code that simulates a double pendulum. So I've numerically solved for $\theta_{1}(t)$ and $\theta_{2}(t)$. I have also found the momentum from the Lagrangian as well. My ...
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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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### What is discrete phase space?

I've been reading a little about the usual, continuous Wigner functions and phase space quasi-distributions in general, and I believe I understand the idea behind them. The Wigner function arises when ...
Context: For a system with $n$ degrees of freedom (DOF), one has to deal with $2n$ independent coordinates ($2n$ dimensional phase space), of position $q$ and $\dot{q}$ in Lagrangian formulation, ...