COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS
CHAOS THEORY
from Interdisciplinary English, 2nd edition
© 1998--Loretta F. Kasper, Ph.D.

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  1. What is "chaos theory"? When was it first developed?

  2. What do we mean by a linear system? Why are linear equations easily solved?

  3. Give one example of a linear system, and explain why that system is linear.

  4. What do we mean by a nonlinear system? Why are nonlinear equations difficult to solve?

  5. Give one example of a nonlinear system and explain why that system is nonlinear.

  6. In your own words, trace the history of chaos theory.

  7. What surprising finding has come out of research into the mathematics of chaos?

  8. How did scientists first learn about the order within the chaos?

  9. In your own words, describe the process of iteration in mathematical calculations.

  10. List three principles of chaos theory.

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Last updated on November 17, 2001