A Third-Order Differential Equation with Chaotic Solutions

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The solution of the following simple third-order ordinary differential equation exhibits chaos [1]:



here is the only free parameter. Despite the simplicity of the equation, its solutions are capable of producing a variety of dynamical behaviors, depending on the choice of the nonlinear function , which can depend on all three variables in the system: , , and . Three cases are considered here:


Contributed by: Clay Gruesbeck (May 2013)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




[1] A. S. Elwakil, K. N. Salama, and M. P. Kennedy, "An Equation for Generating Chaos and Its Monolithic Implementation," International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 12(12), 2002 pp. 2885–2895. doi:10.1142/S0218127402006205.

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