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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 5-6.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who was a German writer, pictorial artist, biologist, theoretical physicist, and polymath?
(a) Harry Swinney.
(b) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
(c) Gustav Mahler.
(d) Jean Racine.

2. In vector calculus, what refers to a vector field that points in the direction of the greatest rate of increase of the scalar field, and whose magnitude is the greatest rate of change?
(a) Euclidean space.
(b) Boundary layer.
(c) Gradient.
(d) Cantor dust.

3. What refers to a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is a reduced-size copy of the whole?
(a) Oscillation.
(b) Revolutions.
(c) Fractal.
(d) Gradient.

4. What did Foucault use as a way to demonstrate the earth's rotation, according to the author in Chapter 2, "Revolution"?
(a) A twenty-story high pendulum.
(b) A six-foot wide magnifying glass.
(c) A softball.
(d) A turkey baster.

5. What is a sub-discipline of fluid mechanics that deals with the natural science of fluids (liquids and gases) in motion?
(a) Fluid dynamics.
(b) Fractal basin boundaries.
(c) Poincare conjecture.
(d) Theoretical physics.

Short Answer Questions

1. If a system is in what state, then the recently observed behavior of the system will continue into the future?

2. In Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs," Gleick writes, "In the emergence of chaos as a new science in the 1970s, _____ were destined to play a special role."

3. What was the profession of Benoit Mandelbrot's father?

4. What science deals with the visible, orderly outcomes of self-organization and the common principles behind similar patterns?

5. What were the subjects allowed to glance at one at a time in the experiment from the 1940s described by Gleick in Chapter 2, "Revolution"?

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