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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Staying in orbit - but doesn't any perturbation start a positive feedback?

I am not a physicist; I am a software engineer. While trying to fall asleep recently, I started thinking about the following. There are many explanations online of how any object stays in orbit. The ...
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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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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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Chaos theory and determinism

My professor in class went a little over chaos theory, and basically said that Newtonian determinism no longer applies, since as time goes to infinity, no matter how close together two initial points ...
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Will glass always break in the same way?

This question has had me thinking for a while. If I have two large panes of glass and a rock or similar item is thrown in exactly the same place on the glass, would the two panes break in the same ...
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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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Making new sense of the three-body problem in the light of Maryam Mirzakhani math contributions

I am unfamiliar with moduli spaces and ergodic theory which appear to be essential in Maryam Mirzakhani's math contributions which won her the Fields Medal. However, I am well conversant in essential ...
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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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Can a small change in the Earth temperature give rise to large-scale climate changes?

Earth's atmosphere is a chaotic system. In such systems arbitrarily small changes the conditions can give rise to very large effects. There are many rumors about the physical and large scale ...
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Renormalizing Chaos: Transition in a Logistic Map

I am currently trying to understand the analysis of a logistic-like map $$f_\mu (x) = 1-\mu x^2$$ after section 2.2 in "Renormalization Methods" by A. Lesne. As I understand it, the physical ...
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Does chaos theory occur in quantum mechanics? Or in any non-newtonian physics?

Does chaos theory occur in quantum mechanics? Or in any non-newtonian physics? Apart from perhaps thermodynamics?
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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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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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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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Chaos is predictable?

I'm reading a book of computational physics [1] where the driven nonlinear pendulum is studied in deep. This is the equation used in the book: $$ \frac{d^2\theta}{dt^2} = -\frac{g}{l}\sin\theta - ...
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Randomness, Chaos, Quantum mechanical probability functions

Can someone explain these 3 concepts into a unified framework. Randomness : Randomness as seen in a coin toss, where the system follows known and deterministic (at the length and scale and precision ...
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Ljapunov exponent of driven damped pendulum

I have written a computer simulation of the driven damped pendulum, pretty much as the one shown here, only that I did it Python. Next, I have found some parameters for which the pendulum behaves ...
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Is that true that real quantum chaos doesn't exist?

I read several books and papers on quantum chaos, to my understanding they all emphases that the quantum chaos does not really exist because the linearity of the Schrodinger equation. Some works were ...
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What is the Quantum equivalent of chaos on a classical system? (if there's any)

This is a question that bugging me around for some time now. It is not clear to me what is the meaning of a chaos if we consider a quantum system. What is the mathematical formalism (or the quantum ...
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Physical interpretation of the Lorenz system

The Lorenz equations $$ \frac{dx}{dt} = \sigma(y-x);\\ \frac{dy}{dt} = x(\rho-z)-y;\\ \frac{dz}{dt} = xy - \beta z $$ were (I believe) the first set of nonlinear equations known to exhibit chaotic ...
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What is a physical example of a Saddle-Node Bifurcation?

I am doing a presentation on bifurcations and would like physical examples to go along with each type of bifurcation but I am unable to find or think of any good example of a simple Saddle Node ...
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Current scope of Chaos theory and non-linear dynamics?

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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Physics-oriented books on fractals

I'm looking for some good books on fractals, with a spin to applications in physics. Specifically, applications of fractal geometry to differential equations and dynamical systems, but with emphasis ...
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Stability theory [closed]

I'm studying stability theory recently and met a lot of phrases like linear stability and nonlinear instability. After searching on Google, I became more confused. Thus I wonder if there is any ...
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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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How and why can random matrices answer physical problems?

Random matrix theory pops up regularly in the context of dynamical systems. I was, however, so far not able to grasp the basic idea of this formalism. Could someone please provide an instructive ...
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Are a quantum mechanical system a chaotic (yet deterministic) system?

The title is slightly misleading. I really want to know if the randomness and probabilities observed in quantum mechanics is really just the result of a chaotic (yet deterministic) system. If it is ...
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“windows of order” in the Bifurcation diagram

When looking at the bifurcation diagram of a chaotic system, one observes "windows of order", namely short intervals where the system briefly leaves its chaotic state and then rapidly returns to ...
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Calculating Lyapunov exponents from a multi-dimensional experimental time series

Wolf's paper Determining Lyapunov Exponents from a Time Series states that: Experimental data typically consist of discrete measurements of a single observable. The well-known technique of phase ...
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Are there real life applications for Hausdorff dimensions, specifically crack formations?

I was curios about Hausdorff dimensions. They seem to neatly describe rough surfaces. So I was wondering if there are common applications of Hausdorff dimensions in things like complicated friction ...
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Does the logistic map have an attractor for a particular value of the parameter?

Background: Currently I am studying a course on non-linear dynamics. We have been studying about attractors only intuitively, so I do not have a definition for an attractor. Let me give you a couple ...
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What are the principles of deterministic chaos?

I see in literature very different (and chaotic) descriptions of what is deterministic chaos. Can you explain to me based in a type of formal definition, which principles need to be exactly fulfilled ...
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Is the orbit of earth around the sun chaotic?

The orbit of the earth seems to be very predictable. But as it is a many-body problem having sun, earth, moon, jupiter and so on, is it really that stable or will it start making strange movements ...
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Phase Space dimension of Lorenz Strange Attractor

It is often discussed in 3 spatial dimensions and the need for third dimension to prevent self intersection is mentioned. But shouldn't the phase space of the Lorenz system be 6 dimensional, i.e., the ...
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SOC and the butterfly effect

We knows that in a critical system and self organized criticality we have long range interaction due power law decay in correlation. Is this fact equivalent to the butterfly effect?
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Bifurcation of convection of fluid in container, when adding temperature

I once read a paper, in which: a fluid in a container was heated from below, after reaching temperature $T_1$, a circular motion (convection) was clearly distinguishable, in form of cylinder, after ...
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Chaos and continuous flow

What needs to be the case for a dynamical system with a continuous flow to exhibit chaos? It looks like 1D systems with a continuous flow can't exhibit chaos. Are two dimensions enough or do you need ...
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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 is the event in history where iterated functions became appropriate for modeling physics?

Wolfram as well as Aldrovandi and Freitas 1 maintain that iterated functions $f^t(x)$ are a valid alternative to PDEs for modelling physics. Instead of just citing 1, I want to be able to cite the ...
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Reference for the Landau-Lifshitz system

I'm interested in understanding the dynamics of the discrete Landau-Lifshitz system. It's solutions to equations like $$\frac{\partial X_n}{\partial t} = X_n\times (X_{n-1}+X_{n+1})$$ where the $X_n$ ...
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Fractal Cosmology and Misner's Chaotic Cosmology

I have a question pertaining to the ideas behind the considered homogeneity and isotropic nature of the universe (at a grand scale) versus the theory of a chaotic and anisotropy structure of the ...
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Diffusion in the standard map

Consider the standard map (also known as Chirikov map): $$ p_{n+1} = p_n + K \sin(\theta_n) \\ \theta_{n+1} = \theta_n + p_{n+1} $$ I know that the diffusion coefficient according to the ...
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About Poincare section for the double pendulum

I am reading Prof. Louis N. Hand's Analytical Mechanics. In the chapter about chaos, it introduces the concepts of Poincare section based on the example of double pendulum. Also, it plot the section ...
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Interpretation of Poincare Map

I have been trying to interpret a Poincare Map. The Hamiltonian for the system is $$H=\frac{1}{4m}\left(p_r^2+p_z^2\right)+m\omega_\perp^2 r^2 +m\omega_z^2 z ^2+ ...
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What does unfolding of attractor mean?

What does unfolding of attractor mean? Effect of time scales on the unfolding of neural attractors paper talks about Takens embedding theorum. It says that the embedding dimension should be large ...
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Kolmogorov entropy and noise

There are various ways of calculating the Kolmogorov entropy (KE)of dynamical system. According to Pesin's theorum, it is the summation of the lyapunov exponents; frominformation theoretic concet, it ...
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Is there a one-to-one mapping between numeric sequences and symbolic representations?

I am not a physicist but applying symbolic dynamics for information coding in signal processing. I have represented a chaotic signal obtained from Lorenz system into {0,1}. Then this symbolic sequence ...
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The ideal trampoline

Suppose we have a mass attached to the top of an ideal (linear and massless) spring oriented vertically in a uniform gravitational field, and on top of that mass there is another mass resting on it. ...
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Reference for the predictability of rigid body dynamics

I'm looking for a reference, journal article, paper, etc. that supports the idea that classical mechanics, in particular rigid body dynamics, is largely predictable. A view coming from the background ...
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Non-linear dynamics vs Chaos

I am confusing between non linear dynamics and chaos. Chaos is also a non-linear dynamics right? then what is the difference between chaos and non-linear dynamics? What I understood about chaos is ...