Tuesday, April 19, 2005,
S G Mudd / 405

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refreshments by Mari at 3:30 in Mudd 412A

Chaos and Fractals: A Taste of Nonlinear Dynamics
Seth Pierrepont

This talk provides a trip into the world of nonlinear dynamics to view chaos and fractals in both continuous and discrete systems. The talk starts along a path of simple definitions and concepts that will provide the necessary background to understand chaos and fractals in a general sense. The talk then comes to a fork, a bifurcation perhaps, as it splits from a general overview into two specific examinations of chaos and fractals in two different types of systems: continuous and discrete. For continuous systems, the focus will be on the Lorenz equations and the notion of a strange attractor, looking at the butterfly effect in three dimensional space. For discrete systems, the goal is to comprehend the magnificent Mandelbrot set and its index of Julia sets through a series of interactive applets and pictures. In short, this talk will trace the mathematical path that leads to some of the most beautiful geometric shapes in mathematics.
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<cost>Free</cost>
<sponsor>Math Dept.`</sponsor>
<contactphone>5830</contactphone>
<contactemail>cbevans</contactemail>
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<audience>Faculty, Students</audience>
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