The Lorenz Attractor

March 1, 2009

butterfly

I don’t have to inclination to explain this right now. (The short version: the Lorenz equations are a system of differential equations that have something to with modeling weather [I’m sure Kenny could explain this way better than I can]. This is the numerical solution to those differential equations, using the Runge-Kutta 4th order method). But I’m kind of proud of the fact that I was able to write the code to solve and plot it. Even though the code isn’t all that impressive. But for some reason, I’m really impressed by this. It’s kind of one of those things that I always imagined I’d never ‘get’ when I was younger (like, say, 4 years ago). And here I am in college, finally learning about it and almost understanding it. It’s gives me hope that someday I might actually contribute something to science. Someday.

Anyway, yeah, I think I might start talking about some of the things I’ve been learning in classes lately. Because I finally feel like I’m learning stuff cool enough to mention. Go figure.

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One Response to “The Lorenz Attractor”

  1. Dave in the west said

    So I haven’t been here in a long ass time. I didn’t know there were lots of Lorentz equations. My E&M book said that the Lorentz equation was F = Q(E+uxB). Does that sound familiar?

    Good to see you learning stuff you actually care about, lol.

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