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Washington and Lee University    
 
    
 
  Aug 17, 2017
 
2017-2018 University Catalog [under review]
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CHEM 106 - Disorder and Chaos


FDR: SL
Credits: 4

Additional course fee required, for which the student is responsible after Friday of the 7th week of winter term. An interdisciplinary introduction to the concepts underlying nonlinear dynamics and fractal geometry emphasizing the theories of chaos and complexity. Students study mathematical and computer modeling of physical and social systems and interpret the results of these models using graphical methods and written descriptions. Methods and concepts from calculus are demonstrated but no mathematics beyond high-school algebra is assumed. The laboratory component consists of a series of projects from diverse areas of the natural sciences, including pendulum motion, oscillating chemical reactions, and natural growth patterns. Laboratory course. Desjardins, Abry.





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