# 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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### Example of non-linear time evolution in quantum mechanics

Preamble: I am a mathematician and not a physicist. From what little I know about quantum mechanics, Schrödinger's equation is a linear PDE that describes the time-evolution of a system. In general ...
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### What kind of damping is this $F = -ax|x'|$?

From Applied Mathematics by Logan: A mass hanging on a spring is <...> governed by $$mx'' = -ax|x'| - kx$$ where $-ax|x'|$ is a nonlinear damping force. I looked up "nonlinear damping" and ...
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### How to properly use Perturbation Theory in classical systems?

Context: If we consider a particle in upwards motion near the Earth's surface and acted by a quadratic drag we get the non-linear eom: $$\frac{dv}{dt}=-g-\frac{b}{m}v^2.$$ We can solve it ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Failure of Superposition principle at high amplitudes

Why does superposition principle fail at high amplitudes. Please answer with respect to transverse waves. If possible, plane progressive transverse waves at best.
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### What explanation can we give for the generation of spiral waves in a excitable medium?

I was thinking about the reason for the generation of spiral waves (a.k.a scroll waves) like in BZ reactions and Fitzhugh-Nagumo systems. Can someone give me some explanation or references ?
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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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### Given force as function of position, find the total energy as function of time [closed]

Given that the force for a non-linear spring connected to a mass $m$ sitting on a table is $$f(x) = -kx -ax^3,$$ Find the total energy as a function of time $E(t)$. I have no clue where to begin.
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### Attractors in Duffing equation

The Duffing equation in its full form is $$\ddot{x} + \delta \dot{x} -ax + \beta x^3 = \gamma \cos(\omega t)$$ Now for specific values of the parameters several attractors exist (or not). Let's ...
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### solutions of wave equation with cubic term

Does the following equation $$\nabla^\mu \nabla_\mu \psi + a \psi^3 = b \psi$$ where $\psi$ is a real function, $a$ and $b$ are real constants, have other solutions that extend beyond a one ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### In reaction-diffusion processes what is the difference between oscillatory media and excitable media?

What is the basic differences between oscillatory media and excitable media? I know that both comes under reaction-diffusion processes. Where do Turing patterns come in the picture? Can some one give ...
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### When is the phase space diagram an ellipse?

For a two dimensional dynamical system, when does the phase space diagram give an ellipse? I know about the examples for damped and undamped harmonic oscillators, but our instructor said that the ...
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### Driven Pendulum

If the point of suspension of a pendulum is driven periodically in the vertical direction , we can derive the equation of motion for the suspended mass to be of the form, \$\ddot{\theta}(t) + (a-b\cos{...
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### Lagrangian of non-linear 3 mass, 2 spring system

Given 3 masses connected by 2 springs with the angle of intersection constant, but the springs themselves bending. Young's modulus, which is a variation of Hook's Law, applies to the flexing that ...
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### what is the source of nonlinear behaviour of semiconductor transistor?

It is known that semiconductor transistor can be used as a switch as well as amplifier. How does the linear amplifying characteristic and non-linear switching characteristic come in a single system?