Chaos: Making a New Science Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a measure of the resistance of a fluid which is being deformed by either shear stress or tensile stress?

2. When was Mitchell Feigenbaum born?

3. Who began to call the global construction of fractals "the chaos game" according to the author in Chapter 8, "Images of Chaos"?

4. When was Harry L. Swinney born?

5. Who is attributed with the following quote in Chapter 5, "Strange Attractors": "Big whorls have little whorls which feed on their velocity, and little whorls have lesser whorls and so on to viscosity"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the Navier-Stokes equations defined? For whom are they named?

2. What did Mitchell Feigenbaum determine needed to happen in Chapter 6, "Universality"? Where was he working?

3. How does the author describe the evolution of chaos in Chapter 8, "Images of Chaos"?

4. How were fractal basin boundaries used in Chapter 8, "Images of Chaos"? What scientists studied the transitions?

5. What is the definition of a bifurcation diagram?

6. How did Barnsley's approach differ from that of Richter and Peitgen in Chapter 8, "Images of Chaos"?

7. What problems did turbulence cause for physicists and scientists, according to the author in Chapter 5, "Strange Attractors"?

8. How are Feigenbaum constants defined?

9. How is turbulence defined in Chapter 5, "Strange Attractors"?

10. What interests in art and culture are described of Mitchell Feigenbaum in Chapter 6, "Universality"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define and discuss turbulence and the problems its discovery created for scientists and physicists. How is turbulence dealt with today by science?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the origins and history of the National Meteorological Center (now the National Weather Service) and the European Center for Medium Range Forecasts. Where is each headquartered and how has it developed in today's world?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the life and work of Thomas S. Kuhn and the scientific revolution he originated. What book did Kuhn publish and what was its impact on science?

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