Each of three magnets competes to attract a magnetic pendulum. Where the pendulum ends up is extremely sensitive to the starting
You control the frequency of a hammer hitting the metal strip. As you increase the frequency (hits per second) the sound changes from
regular (hammer and strip movement in time) to irregular and chaotic (hammer and strip out of time).
A laser beam is reflected off three mirror cylinders and demonstrates chaotic behaviour.
Clockwise or Anti-Clockwise?
Comprises a simple pendulum linked by magnets to a freely-swinging arm. Start the pendulum weight swinging. After 5 swings which way is
the `rotor' turning? How will it be turning after 10 swings? After 15 swings?
Coin-tossing with this device is always predictable.
Fractals from Chaos
A video display plots where a magnetic attracting pendulum comes to rest for each of many starting points. This produces a familiar
Shows a predictable distribution of balls falling randomly through an array of nails.
This simple magnetic pendulum swings chaotically when it is repelled by other magnets. The path is unpredictable as very small changes of
starting point affect the result.
A T-shaped pendulum with swinging arms. The spin can be shared between the four parts (the main `T' and the three `branches') and the way
the motion is shared is so sensitive to just how the spin is started, that the result is chaotic.
Two bar magnets suspended next to each other show chaotic behaviour.
This is a camera 'looking' at its own output on a TV screen. It produces chaotic swirling patterns caused by sensitivity in the feedback
from screen to camera.
Forecasts make use of enormous computer models of the atmosphere with millions of variables. As well as a main run, several alternative
scenarios are run, with slightly different initial atmospheric conditions. As time goes on, these alternative forecasts can develop very
differently and these are displayed in this exhibit.