# 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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### The solution to the non-linear convection equation

The non-linear convection equation $$u_{t} +uu_{x}=0$$ admits implicit solutions of the form $$u=f(x-ut).$$ How does one interpret this solution intuitively? Is there an example of a solution of this ...
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### How is a quartic oscillator solved in classical mechanics?

Quantum mechanically, a quartic anharmonic oscillator with potential $$V(x)=\frac{1}{2}m\omega^2x^2+\lambda x^4$$ is dealt with perturbation theory- the approximate energies $E_n$ and energy ...
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### How do we find the equation for the gyrating motion of a particle in a uniform magnetic field and a non-uniform Electric field? [closed]

Considering the gyrating motion is not negligible and also retaining the guiding center drift, how do we get the trajectories x(t),y(t),z(t) of the particle? In this case is the variation in the ...
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### In what sense do bifurcations concern change in quality?

I've heard such vague statements several times and also read: Bifurcation theory is the mathematical study of changes in the qualitative or topological structure of a given family. (From ...
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### Why does a non-linear system lead to interaction and frequency mixing between input's?

When we have a system that is nonlinear and we apply a sum of two different frequency sine waves as an input, we see the output of this system has components that are at the sum frequency of the two ...
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### What is the general definition of thickness of a strange attractor?

Disclaimer: This question is cross posted on Math.SE because I don't know which site is more appropriate for this question. In Chaosbook, at page 56, it is asked to find the thickness of Rössler ...
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### What quantum phenomena violate the superposition principle in electromagnetism?

On page 11 of the 3rd edition of Electricity and Magnetism by Edward M. Purcell and David J. Morin it says: "we know of quantum phenomena in the electromagnetic field that represents a failure of ...
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### How to calculate the parameter values for which the Lorenz system is chaotic?

I was recently going via a book (Strogatz), that mentions Lorenz's attractor, and that it was found out that for values such as $a=10$, $b=\tfrac{8}{3}$, $c=21$, the system behavior is chaotic. How ...
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### Poincaré Map (Quasi-periodicity; Stability)

In a Poincaré map, when quasi-periodicity is exhibited by the dynamical system, what does it mean in terms of stability for the dynamical system?. Why is it so that as Maximum Lyapunov exponent (MLE) ...
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Do you have examples of Lagrangians/Hamiltonians used in physics with non-quadratic kinetic terms? e.g. $\dot{x}^4$ What is the origin and the interpretation of such terms?
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### Spontaneous synchronization references

Can someone suggest references for an introduction on spontaneous synchronization, theory/examples. I am trying to understand it so I can test it for some problems I am working on. I have no prior ...
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### Is there any nonlinear equations depending on Fourier coefficients?

A nonlinear partial differential equation is an expression depending on derivatives of $u$ $$f(x,t,u,u_x,u_t,\cdots)=0,$$ where the derivatives of $u$ can be obtained from the Taylor series of $u$. ...
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### Vacuum birefringence

Many of the papers (e.g., this) dealing with nonlinear electrodynamics treat a theory's prediction of vacuum birefringence as undesirable, but don't explain why it would be undesirable. For example: ...
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### Temperature distribution and evolution in a greenhouse

I am trying to mathematically model the temperature distribution and evolution in a greenhouse, which conserves heat due to the greenhouse effect. Here is a transverse schematic ($H$ is the height of ...
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### Characteristics of acoustic resonator with a constant gain frequency response

What would be the theoretical characteristics of an acoustic resonator cavity which has a completely flat gain frequency response over 200Hz-3000Hz (Roughly the range of a violin) In other words, ...
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### Exact solution for non-linear Fokker-Planck equation

I'm searching for exact (analytical) results for FP equation in 2 variables (such as $x$ and $p$ in 1D) with a steady state. Kramer's like (with force due to confining potential, such as harmonic ...
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### Poincaré plane and Logistic Map

How can we draw Poincaré plane and phase portrait for the Logistic Map for different parameter values?
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### Non-abelian gauge theories are non-linear

To preface this, I know very little about Standard model physics and nonabelian gauge theory, so please correct me if my understanding is incorrect. I was reading about the Standard Model, and I ...
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### Formation of patterns in instabilities according to the wavelength of instability

Do the wavelengths of the instability have an influence on the type of patterns that we are going to get? Meaning for example in 2D, if the unstable wavelengths are small with respect to the size of ...
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### Is the trajectory of a particle with constant velocity (though its direction can change by collisions) always non-chaotic?

Suppose we have a particle that travels with constant velocity, without heat losses by friction, and no forces acting on it except for occasionally collisions with much bigger wall-like masses than ...
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### Spring non-linear behavior for small forces

While writing a report about a classical spring experiment I noticed that, if small forces were applied to our spring, this would stretch much less than expected. Searching on the internet I've kinda ...
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### Link between integrability and soliton solutions

I have been doing some research on the properties and dynamics of solitons (in particular, solitons in superfluids) and several works and papers mention the link between solitonic solutions and ...
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### In what physical situations is the weak-field limit invalid?

in the weak-field limit gravitation is described by a symmetric tensor field $h_{μν}(x)$ in flat spacetime. Linear theory suffices for nearly all experimental applications of general relativity ...
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### How to use Belinsky-Zakharov transformation

I know it might be trivial. When using BZ transformation  to generate soliton solutions of Einstein’s field equations, one need a seed solution $g_{0}$ which gives $A_{0}$ and $B_{0}$. Taking them ...
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### Chaos implies Nonlinearity?

Why, for finite dimensions, is nonlinearity a precondition for chaos? This article (Linear Chaos? By Nathan S. Feldman) offers an example of an infinite dimensional chaotic map, which is linear. ...