Chaos Theory Chaos Practice take 2

Anthony • Jan 02, 2023 • #chaos

Last July I taught a seminar I called Chaos Theory Chaos PracticeChaos Theory Chaos Practice
I will be teaching a seminar called Chaos Theory, Chaos Practice as part of the Tufts Summer Accelerator program for high school students from July 10, 2022 to July 22, 2022. Here's the blurb I wro...
as part of the Tufts Summer Accelerator program for high school students. I thought it went pretty well overall; I put a short writeup in the note Chaos managedChaos managed
The [[Chaos Theory Chaos Practice]] class ended last Thursday. There were 6 great students, all of whom were very engaged, asked lots of questions, and shared interesting ideas and tinkering.


I will be teaching the same seminar again this coming summer. I’ll probably change it around a bit just for fun, but the format seemed to work pretty well and I don’t want to break anything. Here is the blurb if you’re interested:

"Chaos", as a mathematical term, refers to a phenomenon in highly-interconnected systems whereby they become sensitive to small perturbations in their conditions. Sometimes called "the butterfly effect", this sensitivity can make such systems difficult to understand and predict; even the act of observing them can change their future course significantly. We live our lives literally surrounded by chaotic systems, most notably the weather and climate systems. We are also increasingly turning our human-made systems, like the internet, the electric grid, and the financial system, into complex and potentially chaotic systems. In this seminar, we will explore chaos theory as a field of study, and we will explore chaotic systems in practice using a variety of computational tools, with a view towards developing a deeper appreciation of our complex world.