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Chaotic system w/ initial condition

  1. Apr 9, 2012 #1
    so i have been studying chaotic system in class, and i just want to know if we change the initial conditions of a chaotic system can it become non-chaotic?

    I think yes because, chaotic system is sensitive to initial condition hence it would have an effect on the chaotic behavior.

    I'm I right? i have a feeling I'm wrong.

    :/ I'm contradicting my self :confused:
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  3. Apr 9, 2012 #2


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    Hi Arrow. I'm no expert on chaotic systems but isn't a pencil balanced on its point a chaotic system?
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    If so, then what happens if the initial conditions of the perfectly vertical pencil were to be changed?
  4. Apr 9, 2012 #3
    thanks for the reply Q Goest.

    umm yes that is true it will no longer be chaotic.

    guess i did not specify the system :/

    I had a damped driven pendulum and Duffing Oscillator,

    I ran some plotting (in python) for it and changed the initial condition. what once was a chaotic system became non-chaotic after the change in initial condition.

    so is it safe to assume that chaotic system can become non-chaotic depending on the initial condition? from the reference you gave Q Goest i think the answer is yes.
  5. Apr 9, 2012 #4

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    In short, for a (dissipative) dynamic system with a given fixed set of parameters there can in general be one or more attractors (with at least one of these being a chaotic attractor a.k.a. strange attractor if the system is to be chaotic) each with an associated basin of attraction. If the system in addition to the chaotic attractor(s) has a non-chaotic attractor (say, a fix point) then there obviously must be some initial conditions, namely those in the basic of attraction for this non-chaotic attractor, that will lead to a non-chaotic trajectory.

    For the Duffing Oscillator (Duffing's Equation) I believe there are parameters for which the system has both chaotic and non-chaotic trajectories, and in those cases you will get chaotic or non-chaotic trajectory depending on the initial conditions. For instance, it looks like there should be both a chaotic and non-chaotic attractor for k = 0.2 and B = 1.2 (liftet from Ueda's parameter map for Duffing's Equation as it is shown in [1]).

    [1] Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Thompson and Steward, Wiley, 2002.
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