Nonlinear Vs. Chaotic

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Are the two words interchangeable?
 

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I don't think so. Non-linearity is a property if differential equations, chaotic is a property of their solutions. Non-linear equations can lead to chaotic solutions, but I would argue they are not interchangeable.

For example, the equations describing the three-body equations are non-linear, but they do permit non-chaotic solutions.
 

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