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Nonlinear Vs. Chaotic

  1. Nov 25, 2009 #1
    Are the two words interchangeable?
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  3. Nov 25, 2009 #2
    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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