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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 3-4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy?
(a) Physics.
(b) Butterfly effect.
(c) Biology.
(d) The Navier-Stokes equation.

2. Where is the main laboratory for the Thomas J. Watson Research Center?
(a) Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
(b) Chicago, Illinois.
(c) Indianapolis, Indiana.
(d) Yorktown Heights, New York.

3. In mathematics, what is a system which does not satisfy the superposition principle, or whose output is not directly proportional to its input?
(a) Thermolinear system.
(b) Hyperlinear system.
(c) Nonlinear system.
(d) Linear system.

4. In Chapter 1, "The Butterfly Effect," the author writes, "The Butterfly Effect acquired a technical name: sensitive dependence on _____________"?
(a) "Random conditions."
(b) "Controlled conditions."
(c) "Initial conditions."
(d) "Ideal conditions."

5. What refers to a computer program or network of computers that attempts to simulate an abstract model of a particular system?
(a) Computer model.
(b) Computer virus.
(c) Computer army.
(d) Computer hardware.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who said that calling the study of chaos a nonlinear science was akin to calling zoology "the study of nonelephant animals" in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs"?

2. What studies the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions?

3. From what institution did Thomas S. Kuhn earn his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics?

4. 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"?

5. What was the name of the computer manufacturing and retail division of Royal Typewriter which made the early computers RPC 4000 and RPC 9000?

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