Department of Physics and Engineering
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Chaotic Motion Project

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Chaotic motion is nonrepetitive and cannot be reliably predicted from a given set of initial conditions. It occurs in weather and smoke plumes.

Dan Knechtel (2004) worked on a chaotic motion project that involved nonlinear springs attached to a motor. To measure the motion, Dan attached a computer to a position transducer. He obtained graphs of velocity versus position that were quite erratic, a characteristic of chaotic motion. Dan used a Velleman interface to produce a graph of velocity versus position.