In dynamical systems, the motion of a particle in some geometric space, governed by some time dependent rules, is studied. The process can be discrete (where the particle jumps from point to point) or continuous (where the particle follows a trajectory). Dynamical systems is used in mathematical ...

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Starting digits of 2^n

Prove that for any finite sequence of decimal digits, there exists an $n$ such that the decimal expansion of $2^n$ begins with these digits.
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Sketching phase portraits [closed]

I am trying to answer this question: I would like to know how I go about drawing a phase portrait. All of the examples in my notes are simply the solution with no explanation, and this method of ...
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An issue with approximations of a recurrence sequence

By trying to give an approximation to a given recurrence sequence I encountered a problem. To be more precise I have a method but it fails if the right condition is not met and I wonder how I should ...
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Discuss the convergence of $ \left \{ a_n \right\} $ where $ a_{n+1}=\frac{a_0}{2}+\frac{a_n^2}{2},n\geq 1 $

Let $$ a_{n+1} = \dfrac{a_0}{2} + \dfrac{a_n^2}{2} $$ where $ a_1 = \dfrac{a_0}{2} $ and $ n\geq 1 $ Discuss the convergence of $ \left\{a_n\right\} $
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Periodic orbits

Let $x\in\mathbb R$ be a periodic point with lenght 2 of the recursion $x_{n+1}=f(x_n)$ My book about Dynamic systems says that this recursion has a fixed point now, because a periodic point with ...
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Is a Markov process a random dynamic system?

A random dynamic system is defined in Wikipedia. Its definition, which is not included in this post for the sake of clarity, reminds me how similar a Markov process is to a random dynamic system just ...
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Are the fractional parts of $\log \log n!$ equidistributed or dense in $[0,1]$?

Are there any results relevant to the distribution of the sequence $\{\log \log n!\}$ for integers $n$, where $\{x\}$ denotes the fractional part of $x$? For instance, it is known that for irrational ...
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Prove that Anosov Automorphisms are chaotic

Let me add some detail first. An Anosov automorphism on $R^2$ is a mapping from the unit square $S$ onto $S$ of the form $\begin{bmatrix}x \\y\end{bmatrix}\rightarrow\begin{bmatrix}a && b \\c ...
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Convection-diffusion-reaction problem

I seek to solve to the system $$ \frac{\partial \phi_{a}}{\partial t} = D_{a} \frac{\partial^{2} \phi_{a}}{\partial x^{2}} - v_{a} \frac{\partial \phi_{a}}{\partial x} + \mathfrak{K}_{b}\phi_{b} ...
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Iterates of $f_b(x) = x - \log_b(x) $ - for $\log(b) \approx 0.399$: convergence to accumulation points or chaos?

In a previous question I arrived at the family of functions (depending on a real parameter b for the base of exponentiation/logarithm): $$ f(x) = x - \log_b(x) \qquad \qquad b \gt 0$$ with the ...
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Expressing an oscillator as a series of ODEs

Consider an oscillator satisfying the initial value problem $u''+w^2u=0$, where $u(0)=u_0$, $u'(0)=v_0$. Let $x_1 = u$, $x_2=u'$, and transform the equations given into the form $x' = Ax, x(0)$. Then ...
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Trajectories on the $k$-dimensional torus

Let $r_1,\dots,r_k$ be irrational and linearly independent over $\mathbb Q$. My intuition clearly tells me that the set $$\{(nr_1,\dots,nr_k)+\mathbb Z^k:n\in\mathbb N\}$$ is dense in $\mathbb ...
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Why is the Koch curve homeomorphic to $[0,1]$?

Henning Makholm has provided a nice proof that the limiting curve is a continuous function from $[0,1]$ to the plane. I was curios if the function is homeomorphism. A quick search gave me many sources ...
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convergence of the iterated cosine

it can be demonstrated by elementary means that the curves $y=\cos x$ and $y=x$ meet exactly once, at a value $x=\alpha$ satisfying: $$\cos \alpha = \alpha$$ it is also evident (empirically) that ...
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How can a Markov chain be written as a measure-preserving dynamic system

From http://masi.cscs.lsa.umich.edu/~crshalizi/notabene/ergodic-theory.html irreducible Markov chains with finite state spaces are ergodic processes, since they have a unique invariant ...
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Finding normal coordinates of a system

We have coupled oscillators with equations of motion: $$\ddot{x} = -10x+18y$$ $$\ddot{y}=-3x+5y$$ At $t= 0$ we have $x=a$ and $\dot{x}=\dot{y}=y=0$. I found the solution to be $$\begin{pmatrix} x(t) ...
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How to make a smart guess for this ODE

I am dealing with a strange problem currently, we have a differential equation $$y(x)^2 = \pm \sqrt{-A \cos(x) - B \cos^2(x)+y'(x)-C},$$ where $C, A$ and $B $ are parameters. (The case that either ...
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Complicated exercise on ODE

I have this exercise extracted from a examination of qualitative theory of ODE (in which we study the existence and uniqueness of solutions, and stability using the function of Lyapunov) I don't know ...
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Period of 3 implies chaos

Let $f(x)$ be a continuous function from $\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$. Let's denote $k$-times repeated application of the function, $f(f(f(...f(x)...)))$ as $f^{(k)}(x)$. Let's call any $x$ a ...
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About Collatz 3n+3?

While trying to prove the Collatz conjecture I came across the following Lemma : Lemma $1$ : All variables are positive integers. Define $Collatz(n)$ as the result of the (repeated) collatz ...
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Number of limit points of a continued exponential

Inspired by the work of C. Bender, I recently played with continued exponentials (like continued fractions but with exponential functions ;) ). Given all prefactors are equal to 1, the continued ...
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A proof of a theorem of Liouville

I need some reference for the proof of the following theorem attributed to Liouville: Theorem: Let $f(x):\Omega\longrightarrow \mathbb R^n$ a $C^2$ function where $\Omega$ is an open subset of ...
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How to figure out the starting point for this Mandelbrot?

My answer for another math stackexchange question, asked by Gottfried, involved observing Mandelbrot bifurcation for the iterated function in question, $f(z)\mapsto z-\log_b(z)$. In particular, for ...
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Compact space, continuous dynamical system, stationary point

I'm having trouble proving that if $X$ is a compact metric space and every continuous function $f : X \rightarrow X$ has a fixed point, then every continuous dynamical system $ \varphi $ on $X$ has a ...
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Stability analysis, or, Can we prove this limit to be zero?

Let's think about this ODE $$ \dot{y}(t) = \gamma \left(g(t) - y(t)\right),\quad \gamma > 0, $$ where $g(t)$ is a Lipschitz continuous function. It can be seen that the value of $y(\cdot)$ goes ...
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What is known about Collatz like 3n + k?

I wonder what is known about variations of Collatz where $3n+1$ is replaced by $3n + 2k + 1$ where k is a fixed positive integer. In the OP ' about Collatz $3n+3$ ' it was confirmed that $3n+3$ ...
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1-dimensional foliation on a surface

Is it possible to find a 1-dimensional nonsingular foliation on an orientable surface with one boundary component such that lines of the foliation are transverse to the boundary?
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Proof Strategy for a Dynamical System of Points on the Plane

I have a rather simple-looking system which exhibits a particular behaviour in simulation, and I would now like to attempt to prove this formally. The problem is, I don't really know where to start, ...
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Mathematical Limitations of Computer Experiments

One problem that has always bothered me is the limitations of computers in studying math. With a chaotic dynamical system, for example, we know mathematically that they possess trajectories that never ...
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Cross Product - Moments :: Dynamics

Some background: I am self studying dynamics and I have encountered a fundamental problem with either my understanding of linear algebra, or I am just plain dumb. So, I print screened the page of the ...
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Small question about ODE

i have this question : Given three parameters $L,a$ et $\alpha$, we consider the differential equation : $$(E)\qquad x''+\alpha x' +a x + \sin x =L, \ > t\geq0$$ 1) Show that the ...
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Prove that the orbit of an iterated rotation of 0 (by (A)(Pi), A irrational) around a circle centered at the origin is dense in the circle.

I think the title of the question says it all. I unfortunately did not seem to conclude anything. Some ideas I had: It is easy to show that (given $T$ is the rotation) $\{T^n(\theta)\}$ is a set of ...
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modified ODE has same trajectories as original system and associated flow is defined for all $t \in \mathrm{R}$ [closed]

I really don't know where to start with this problem. Consider the differential equation $\dot{x} = f(x)$ with $f \in C^1(\mathrm{R}^n,\mathrm{R}^n)$. Consider the following modified differential ...
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Bifurcation and homoclinic orbits.

In two dimensions, if we have a dynamical system: $$\dot{x}=f_k(x,y)$$ $$\dot{y}=g_k(x,y)$$ with $f$ and $g$ smooth functions and $k$ is a paremeter. If $k=k^*$ is a bifurcation at which two ...
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Polar coordinates differential equation

I have the following ODE: $$\dot x=-y(x^2+y^2), \dot y=x(x^2+y^2)$$ I want to sketch the phase portrait (manually) and I want to find the flow $\phi_t$, the orbit $O(x_0)$ and the limit set ...
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Stability of nonlinear system with borderline linearization

I have the following nonlinear system: \begin{align} ...
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The system $x'=Ax$ is an attractor if and only if there is a positive quadratic form q such that $Dq(x)\cdot A(x)<0$ for all x

I need to show this result: Given the system of ODEs $x'=Ax$, the origin, $0$, is an attractor (equivalently, all the eigenvalues of the real matrix $A$ are negative) if and only if there exists a ...
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Can linear systems always be represented as differential or difference equations?

On my note, it was written that linear systems can always be represented as either differential equations or difference equations. I forgot the source of the quote. But I am not sure if it is correct. ...
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Poincare-Bendixson Theorem

Can someone sketch some ideas of how to use the Poincare-Bendixson Theorem to prove that there must be a fixed point contained inside a periodic orbit?
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Fixed Points and Graphical Analysis

For the following functions (i) find the fixed points and (ii) use the graphical analysis to determine the dynamics for all points on R: $f(x)=2sin(x)$. I have no problem finding the fixed points, ...
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Nonlinear phase portrait and linearization

Consider the nonlinear system $x^{'} = y$, $y^{'}= -8 \sin x - 2y$ where $-2\pi$ < or = x < or = $2\pi$ Find the equilibrium points of the system. $(-2\pi,0)$$(-\pi,0)$$(0,0)$ ...
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Limit of a recursively defined bivariate function.

Let m and n be positive integers. Let $f(m,0)=m$ Let $f(m,n)= e \ln(f(m,n-1))$ $$\lim_{m\to\infty} \ln(m)\Big(f(m,\lfloor\ln m\rfloor)) - e\Big) = 163^{1/3}+C$$ Where $C$ is a constant. It seems ...
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Stability of discrete time nonlinear dynamical systems

In this problem we consider one dimensional discrete time dynamical system $x(k+1)=f(x(k))$ with a fixed point $u$, at which $|f'(u)|=1$. For each of the following systems, find out the stability ...
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Kepler, cartesian coordinates and ellipses

I am trying to see if I am on the right track with this. The problem: A kepler orbit (an ellipse) in Cartesian coordinates is: $$(1−\epsilon^2)x^2 + 2\alpha \epsilon x + y^2 = \alpha^2.$$ The task ...
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System, dynamic system and feedback system

Can a system be defined as a mapping from a set of mappings, called input signals, to another set of mappings, called output signals, where the two sets of mappings may or may not have the same ...
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Recurrent point of continuous transformation in a compact metric space

Given a metric space $(X,d)$ and a transformation $T:X\rightarrow X$, a point $x\in X$ is said to be recurrent iff it belongs to the closure of its orbit $\{T(x), T^2(x),...\}$: more precisely, ...
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“Constrained” numerical solutions of ODEs with conservation laws?

Hi know little about numerical methods and I was considering the following problem that possibly has standard solution in the literature. Suppose you have an ODE for wich we already know that it must ...
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The cosine function by iteration

Since $\cos (2x) = 2 \cos^2 (x) - 1$, I wonder about the iteration $(x,y) \mapsto (2x\mod 2\pi, 2y^2-1)$. Will it converge to the cosine graph? I tried it in mathematica and got quite a few points, ...
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Definition and some elementary properties of the “vector turn map”

This is actually a follow up question. I have to apologise for the length of it. I didn't anticipate to be that long. I hope that it will be proved interesting nevertheless. I used the name "vector ...
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Explicit form of Poincare's map for the spring-mass-damper

Problem: Write in explicit form Poincare's map for $\ddot x+\delta\dot x+\omega_0^2x=\gamma\cos\omega t$. Find the stationary points and examine their stability. An attempt at a solution: The ...