The primary goal of this website is to provide an introduction to the topic of chaos through computer simulation of some electronic circuits that exhibit chaotic responses. There are numerous simple electronic circuits that demonstrate the important features of chaos.
These circuits are easy to simulate on the computer or build from actual electronic components. The simulation software used will allow the observation of the chaotic responses without the need of an oscilloscope or any other electronic test equipment.
In addition to computer simulations, the actual physical building of these circuits using commonly available, inexpensive electronic components will be discussed. The only test equipment needed when working with these “real” circuits will be a power supply and an oscilloscope.
The choice of how best to learn about chaos and chaotic circuits is yours. You can do computer simulation, construct physical circuits, or both.
A secondary goal of this website is to show that one does not need an extensive background in math, engineering or physics to learn many important things about chaos. The main requirement is an interest in learning.
DON’T FEAR THE MATH
The term “mathematical chaos” most accurately describes the topic we will discuss. However, the strict mathematical rigor that usually accompanies discussions of chaos will be avoided in favor of an approach that is more readily understandable to those whose mathematics background includes no more than ordinary differential equations.
Even if your math background does not go that far, you will be able to learn a lot about chaos and have fun doing it. Trust me.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THIS WEBSITE?
The intended audience for this website consists largely of individuals who have only a moderate familiarity with the topic of chaos but who want to learn more and want to experiment. The DESIRE to learn is the key requirement for learning practically anything in life.
References will be provided for those who wish to pursue the topic of chaos in greater detail and/or with greater mathematical rigor.