ERIC Number: EJ1056930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
The Butterfly Effect for Physics Laboratories
Claycomb, James R.; Valentine, John H.
Physics Education, v50 n2 p170-174 Mar 2015
A low-cost chaos dynamics lab is developed for quantitative demonstration of the butterfly effect using a magnetic pendulum. Chaotic motion is explored by recording magnetic time series. Students analyze the data in Excel® to investigate the butterfly effect as well as the reconstruction of the strange attractor using time delay plots. The lab exercise is suitable for junior-level modern physics laboratories, or as an extension to traditional first-year laboratories exploring pendulum motion.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Science Laboratories, Scientific Principles, Magnets, Motion, Time, Educational Technology, Spreadsheets, College Science, Introductory Courses
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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