Lorenz's Water Wheel

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In Lorenz's water wheel, equally spaced buckets hang in a circular array. Water pours into the top bucket and leaks out of each bucket at a fixed rate. The wheel behaves chaotically for certain choices of parameters, showing unpredictable changes in the direction of rotation. This behavior of this system is analogous to that of a Lorenz attractor.

Contributed by: Enrique Zeleny (August 2012)
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