Questions tagged [non-linear-systems]

The term non-linear or nonlinear has several definitions but is generally used to describe a system that cannot be approximated by a superposition principle or perturbative approach.

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Non-linear waves and shock formation

In the cases of non-linear acoustics, why is shock formation unlikely when the dispersion is strong when compared to the non-linearity of the wave?
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Linearity of quantum mechanics and nonlinearity of macroscopic physics

We live in a world where almost all macroscopic physical phenomena are non-linear, while the description of microscopic phenomena is based on quantum mechanics which is linear by definition. What are ...
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Density gradient in a shock wave of Supersonic Aircraft?

Shock waves are basically density gradients. Is the change in density continuous or discrete? By discrete I mean something Because it is a density gradient it must have refractive properties. Does ...
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Poincaré maps and interpretation

What are Poincaré maps and how to understand them? Wikipedia says: In mathematics, particularly in dynamical systems, a first recurrence map or Poincaré map, named after Henri Poincaré, is the ...
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Non-SHM oscillatory motion

How to solve these kind of questions , where $|F| \propto x^2$? How to find time period and velocity type related things to the oscillatory motion? $$m\dfrac{d^2x}{dt^2}=F=-\dfrac{dU}{dx}=-3kx|x|.$$ ...
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Solution of Burgers' equation in preshock region

According to Hamilton's & Blackstock's Nonlinear acoustics (Section 4.5.4) the solution of Burgers' equation of the form: $$ \frac{\partial P}{\partial \sigma} - \frac{1}{\Gamma}\frac{\partial^2 ...
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Can we let the lowest of n by equal (lenght and k) springs connected masses in equilibrium move in a siusoid way after giving the lowest a pull?

Imagine we hang n masses, connected by equal springs of equal length and with equal k (suspended on a very high ceiling or whatever what, as long as it doesn't exchange energy with the system). So ...
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Could the Schrödinger equation be nonlinear?

Is there any specific reasons why so few consider the possibility that there might be something underlying the Schrödinger equation which is nonlinear? For instance, can't quantum gravity (QG) be ...
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Non-linear systems in classical mechanics

In general, what is meant by non-linear system in classical mechanics? Does it always concern the differential equations one ends up with (any examples would be greatly appreciated)? If so, is it ...
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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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Nonlinear dynamics beneath quantum mechanics?

Yesterday I asked whether the Schroedinger Equation could possibly be nonlinear, after reviewing the answers and material given to me in that thread I feel like my question were adequately answered. ...
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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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Is *every* planar/2D system integrable?

Consider the generic following planar/2D system: $$\begin{cases} \frac{dx}{dt} = A(x,y)\\ \\ \frac{dy}{dt} = B(x,y), \end{cases}$$ where $A,B$ are two functions. Reading Classical Mechanics by ...
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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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Non-linear dynamics of classical hydrogen atom

I'd like to know if there have been attempts in solving the full problem of the dynamics of a classical hydrogen atom. Taking into account Newton equations for the electron and the proton and Maxwell ...
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Why can't the Navier Stokes equations be derived from first principle physics?

At the 109th UCLA Faculty Research lecture, Seth Putterman gave a talk on Sonoluminescence. During the lecture he emphasized that "The Navier Stokes equations cannot be derived from first principles [...
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Liouville's theorem and conservation of phase space volume

It can be proved that the size of an initial volume element in phase space remain constant in time even for time-dependent Hamiltonians. So I was wondering whether it is still true even when the ...
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Idea of integrable systems

I do not quite understand the idea of an integrable dynamical system. Does it mean that the EOMs are analytically and exactly solvable? What are the necessary and sufficient conditions such that a ...
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Highly nonlinear equations

I understand the concept of non-linear equations. I was recently having a conversation with a colleague and he used the term "highly non-linear" equation. This got me thinking, how do we classify ...
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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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Is the universe non-linear?

First of all, I've read this other question Is the universe linear? If so, why? and I'm aiming at a different kind of answer. Theories like General Relativity or QFT, which are believed to be quite ...
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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 closed phase trajectory a necessary feature of any one-dimensional periodic motion?

The phase trajectory of a one-dimensional simple harmonic oscillator is a closed one (In particular, it's an ellipse). Is closed phase trajectory a generic feature of any periodic motion at least in ...
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Gross-Pitaevskii equation in Bose-Einstein condensates

I was hoping someone might be able to give a approachable explanation of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation. All the sources I've been able to find seem to concentrate on the derivation, and I don't have ...
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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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Is there a Bayesian theory of deterministic signal? Prequel and motivation for my previous question

This is a prequel to my question: What's the probability distribution of a deterministic signal or how to marginalize dynamical systems? Clearly my question looks at the same time fairly ...
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Why do spiral waves annihilate each other when 2 wavefronts collide?

I was reading about Fitzhugh-Nagumo model. And in a 2D space the simulations a Reaction-Diffusion process associated with FitzHugh system look like this. But intuitively I could not satisfy myself ...
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Energy conservation without action principle?

The normal tagline for energy conservation is that it's a conserved quantity associated to time-translation invariance. I understand how this works for theories coming from a Lagrangian, and that this ...
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Is non-linear quantum mechanics possible?

Say we have a state vector $|A\rangle$. Is it possible to have a theory where the evolution of $|A\rangle$ depends on the vector $|A\rangle$ itself? e.g. $$ i\frac{\partial}{\partial t} \psi(t) = \...
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Nonlinear refraction index of vacuum above Schwinger limit

This question is more about trying to feel the waters in our current abilities to compute (or roughly estimate) the refraction index of vacuum, specifically when high numbers of electromagnetic quanta ...
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What is the amplitude of the limit cycle of the van der Pol oscillator?

In the second edition of Classical dynamics of particles and systems by Jerry B. Marion, it is said that the van der Pol equation $$\ddot{x}-\mu\left({x_0}^2-x^2\right)\dot{x}+{\omega_0}^2x=0$$ where $...
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Are bifurcations in dynamical systems related to phase transitions? [closed]

Bifurcation is a qualitative measure for a dynamical system changing the system parameter. Does the statistical behavior in the system shows phase transition-like characteristics?
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Doubts regarding dimension of a system:Definitions and algorithms

I need to do phase reconstruction from time series data. In doing so, I encountered Takens' embedding theorem and Cao's minimum embedding dimension $d$ by nearest neighbor method. In paper "Optimal ...
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What's the probability distribution of a deterministic signal or how to marginalize dynamical systems?

In many signal processing calculations, the (prior) probability distribution of the theoretical signal (not the signal + noise) is required. In random signal theory, this distribution is typically a ...
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How to simulate pendulum movement with high amplitude

I need to make a C# simulator for a simple pendulum. I have been searching the web for 3 days and I am stuck. The problem is I have found many equations that would give the angle position as a ...
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Dimension analysis in Derrick theorem

The following image is taken from p. 85 in the textbook Topological Solitons by N. Manton and P.M. Sutcliffe: What I don't understand from the above statement: why $e(\mu)$ has minimum for ...
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Equivalent system in Centre manifold theory

I was studying the centre manifold theory. It says (see Kuznetsov (pdf) page 155, theorem 5.2) that the system on the left side of the picture is topologically equivalent to the one on the right. $ \...
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Closed gravitational orbits and gradient systems

I am currently studying non-linear dynamics on my own time. One of the theorems in the material is that systems that can be written as gradient problems cannot have closed orbits i.e. systems like $$\...
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Differences the nonlinerarties

I want to comparison between oscillons based on non-linearities. Can someone elaborate it with the reason behind it : When the sinusoidal vibrations are of the correct amplitude and frequency and ...
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a Non-linear Mass-spring system with different force and vibration frequency?

I got a classic mass-spring system with zero damp ratio, having weird behaviour. The input frequency of external force is twice that of the output displacement results. While linear systems' input &...
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Is there a normalized form of the Euler equation discretized with finite volumes?

I want to calculate a flux on my fpga using the Euler equations with the finite volume method. Unfortunately the values of the state variables differ a lot. For example the pressure has a value of ...
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Is it a linear mass-spring system?

Please look at this equation representing a mass-spring system: ${\frac {\mathrm {d} ^{2}x}{\mathrm {d} t^{2}}}+2\zeta \omega _{0}{\frac {\mathrm {d} x}{\mathrm {d} t}}+\omega _{0}^{\,2}x=F$ where ...
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Why can some oscillations be modeled by Simple Harmonic Motion, while others cannot?

For some oscillators an increase in the driving amplitude changes the period (frequency) of the oscillation, but the simple harmonic oscillator does not predict this type of behavior. Why?