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catastrophe theory

a branch of mathematics that deals with large changes in the total system resulting from small changes in a critical variable in the system; some epidemics, gene frequencies, and the social behavior of populations may be explained by this theory.

catastrophe theory

a set of mathematical theorems employed in the modelling of discontinuities in the physical world, that result when gradually changing and interacting variables reach a critical point. Applied in sportpsychology to the understanding of sudden decrements or increments in performance, incorporating changes in cognitive anxiety, physiological arousal and self-confidence.

catastrophe theory

the mathematical basis for the study of large changes in a total system which may result from small changes in a critical variable in the system.