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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a description of a system using mathematical concepts and language?
(a) Fraction model.
(b) Computer model.
(c) Mathematical model.
(d) Algorithm model.

2. According to Gleick in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs," what will lead to an increased, steady state in the idealized population?
(a) A higher parameter.
(b) A lower parameter.
(c) A fraction parameter.
(d) A multiplier parameter.

3. 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."
(a) Botanists.
(b) Ecologists.
(c) Geologists.
(d) Paleontologists.

4. What studies the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions?
(a) Butterfly effect.
(b) Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow.
(c) Nonlinear system.
(d) Chaos theory.

5. What refers to a change in the basic assumptions within the ruling theory of science?
(a) Fractal basin boundaries.
(b) Theoretical physics.
(c) Gradient.
(d) Paradigm shift.

6. What is a branch of physics which employs mathematical models and abstractions of physics to rationalize, explain and predict natural phenomena?
(a) Bifurcation theory.
(b) Fluid dynamics.
(c) Theoretical physics.
(d) Thermodynamics.

7. What does Gleick assert was the inspiration for Archimedes in Chapter 2, "Revolution"?
(a) A tree.
(b) A boulder.
(c) A snail.
(d) A bathtub.

8. Where was Thomas S. Kuhn born?
(a) Anchorage, Alaska.
(b) Omaha, Nebraska.
(c) Cincinnati, Ohio.
(d) Spearfish, South Dakota.

9. What refers to a supercomputer manufacturer based in Seattle, Washington, and founded in 1972?
(a) More.
(b) Cray.
(c) Bend.
(d) Ting.

10. What was the profession of Benoit Mandelbrot's father?
(a) Carpenter.
(b) Butcher.
(c) Math teacher.
(d) Clothing wholesaler.

11. According to Gleick in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs," what will cause the idealized population to end up at the lower level?
(a) A multiplier parameter.
(b) A higher parameter.
(c) A lower parameter.
(d) A fraction parameter.

12. What is a natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through spacetime, along with related concepts such as energy and force?
(a) Fluid dynamics.
(b) Thermodynamics.
(c) Physics.
(d) Physiology.

13. What was the name of Edward Lorenz's 1963 paper in Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences?
(a) "Physical Review Letters".
(b) "Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow".
(c) "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions".
(d) "Fractals Everywhere".

14. When was Robert May born?
(a) 1944.
(b) 1935.
(c) 1947.
(d) 1938.

15. Who is quoted in Chapter 1, "The Butterfly Effect" as saying "Physicists like to think that all you have to do is say, these are the conditions, now what happens next?"
(a) Richard Feynman.
(b) Stephen Spender.
(c) Thomas S. Kuhn.
(d) Edward Lorenz.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was James Yorke born?

2. When was Steven Smale born?

3. When was Edward Lorenz born?

4. In Chapter 1, "The Butterfly Effect," the author writes, "The Butterfly Effect acquired a technical name: sensitive dependence on _____________"?

5. Who does Gleick quote as saying "It does not say in the Bible that all laws of nature are expressible linearily!" in Chapter 3, "Life's Ups and Downs"?

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