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Is fortran 90 or matlab better for simulating non-linear dynamics (Chaos)?

by great_sushi
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Jan27-13, 04:26 PM
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I am going to be simulating damped driven oscillators for my project and I was wondering if someone could give me a definitive answer on the matter. I know matlab is more of a 'tool' than a language so i'm thinking the maths behind damped driven oscillators might be easier to implement into fortran 90.
If someone could give me a few pros and cons for the two and maybe more specifically to the simulations involved with damped driven oscillators that would be great.

Thank you!
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Jan28-13, 07:26 AM
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Good Afternoon Great_Sushi,

Actually, both are applicable. It really boils down to what process you want.

Matlab has a powerful scripting language, is matrix oriented and has a ton of solvers and operators.

Fortran is a programming language, it probably has libraries to do operations on matrix, solvers and operators. Do these work with each other? Good question.

A third option would be Python with scipy and numpy: it's python with matlab-like extensions. If you add matplotlib, you have a complete solution for the processing AND graphing.

Jan28-13, 09:14 AM
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Another option would be Java and the Open Source Physics library:

and for Duffing Chaos model as an example:

Jan28-13, 01:06 PM
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Is fortran 90 or matlab better for simulating non-linear dynamics (Chaos)?

OK thanks alot! I've decided to go for matlab... first day back of semester 2 and we're doing non-linear dynamics using matlab. I have a whole semester dedicated to my project, certainly panned out well hehe.

As for damped driven oscillators, can you recommend any good books on the subject of non-linear dynamics?

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