chaos theory

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chaos theory

a branch of mathematics that seeks to predict widespread effects of small (or minute) and possibly remote triggering events; the unpredictable course of some epidemics and malignant metastases may accord with chaos theory.

chaos theory

The mathematical conception that some phenomena that seem random may be of a deterministic order highly sensitive to initial conditions and perturbations. There is a growing appreciation that chaos may be a feature of many biological systems and that chaos theory may prove to have many applications in medicine.
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A disk of smaller diameter and low density displays chaotic motion, swinging back and forth more and more widely until it flips over, tumbles, then returns to an oscillating mode.
However, the situation is somewhat different for a stadium-shaped cavity -- or a rectangular cavity containing a large disk, which also gives rise to chaotic motion.
Chaotic motion occurs at intermediate speeds, close to the 6.
Several years earlier, Wisdom and Sussman had found a chaotic motion for Pluto when they used a different custombuilt computer to solve the differential equations modeling the motion of the outer planets from Jupiter to Pluto.
But to get it to that point, where control of the chaotic motion becomes possible, researchers normally have to wait until the chaotic system's motion, as depicted by its attractor, happens to land near the desired point.
In a few seconds, the ribbon's chaotic motion settles into a repeating pattern: first a deep bow, then a nod, then another deep bow, a nod and so on.
Over the past 8 billion years, the galaxies lose chaotic motions and spin faster as they develop into settled disk galaxies.
The flows we observe in the lab of waters with different densities have the opposite effect: Mixing generates kinetic energy, and the seemingly chaotic motions of mixing become organized into currents that flow uphill.
The object is in a large, star-forming region where chaotic motions and eddies in the gas and dust result in smaller cloudlets that can rotate in different directions.