Pronunciation: /ˈkeɪ.ɒs/ Explain
In mathematics, the term chaos is used to describe
the tendency of some
to have widely differing output with very small changes in input.
One example of
a chaotic system is weather. The main inputs to weather systems
are pressure, humidity, and temperature. If these inputs change slightly, the resulting
weather may be completely different. This is why weather is so hard to predict.
Fractals are chaotic functions. For examples of fractal art, see
- McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, chaos. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 32. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book
- Bishop, Robert. Chaos. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Metaphysics Research Lab, CSLI, Stanford University. Last Accessed 6/25/2018. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/chaos/.
- Heinz-Otto Peitgen, Hartmut Jürgens, and Dietmar Saupe. Chaos and Fractals: New Frontiers of Science. 2nd edition. Springer. February 3, 2004. Last Accessed 6/25/2018. Buy the book
- McAdams, David E.. Math Art. lifeisastoryproblem.com. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 6/27/2018. http://www.lifeisastoryproblem.com/art/index.html.
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McAdams, David E. Chaos. 12/21/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/c/chaos.html.
12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)
6/25/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup, updated GeoGebra apps. (McAdams, David E.)
1/4/2010: Added "References". (McAdams, David E.)
6/7/2008: Corrected spelling. (McAdams, David E.)
4/22/2008: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)