The dynamic behaviour of the one-dimensional family of maps f(x)=c2[(a−1)x+c1]−λ/(α−1) is examined, for representative values of the control parameters a,c1, c2 and λ. The maps under consideration are of special interest, since they are solutions of the relaxed Newton method derivative being equal to a constant a. The maps f(x) are also proved to be solutions of a non-linear differential equation with outstanding applications in the field of power electronics. The recurrent form of these maps, after excessive iterations, shows, in an xn versus λ plot, an initial exponential decay followed by a bifurcation. The value of λ at which this bifurcation takes place depends on the values of the parameters a,c1 and c2. This corresponds to a switch to an oscillatory behaviour with amplitudes of f(x) undergoing a period doubling. For values of a higher than 1 and at higher values of λ a reverse bifurcation occurs. The corresponding branches converge and a bleb is formed for values of the parameter c1 between 1 and 1.20. This behaviour is confirmed by calculating the corresponding Lyapunov exponents.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The emerging discipline known as "chaos theory" is a relatively new field of study with a diverse range of applications (i.e., economics, biology, meteorology, etc.). Despite this, there is not as yet a universally accepted definition for "chaos" as it applies to general dynamical systems. Various approaches range from topological methods of a qualitative description; to physical notions of randomness, information, and entropy in ergodic theory; to the development of computational definitions and algorithms designed to obtain quantitative information. This thesis develops some of the current definitions and discusses several quantitative measures of chaos. It is intended to stimulate the interest of undergraduate and graduate students and is accessible to those with a knowledge of advanced calculus and ordinary differential equations. In covering chaos for continuous systems, it serves as a complement to the work done by Philip Beaver, which details chaotic dynamics for discrete systems.
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