Fractals and Chaos Simplified for the Life Sciences by Larry S. Liebovitch

By Larry S. Liebovitch

Fractals and chaos are presently producing pleasure throughout a variety of medical and scientific disciplines. Biomedical investigators, graduate scholars, and undergraduates have gotten more and more attracted to making use of fractals and chaos (nonlinear dynamics) to quite a few difficulties in biology and drugs. This available textual content lucidly explains those recommendations and illustrates their makes use of with examples from biomedical learn. the writer offers the cloth in a really precise, uncomplicated demeanour which avoids technical jargon and doesn't think a robust heritage in arithmetic. The textual content makes use of a step by step strategy via explaining one inspiration at a time in a collection of dealing with pages, with textual content at the left web page and images at the correct web page; the photos pages should be copied at once onto transparencies for instructing. perfect for classes in biostatistics, fractals, mathematical modeling of organic structures, and comparable classes in medication, biology, and utilized arithmetic, Fractals and Chaos Simplified for the existence Sciences also will function an invaluable source for scientists in biomedicine, physics, chemistry, and engineering.

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56). 44) in your derivation. 3: Hill Climbing The topography of a region on the Earth can be specified by a manifold function h that gives the altitude at each point on the manifold. Let v be a vector field on the manifold, perhaps specifying a direction and rate of walking at every point on the manifold. a. Form an expression that gives the power that must be expended to follow the vector field at each point. b. Write this as a computational expression. 4 Basis Fields A vector field may be written as a linear combination of basis vector fields.

3 Integral Curves A vector field gives a direction and rate for every point on a manifold. We can start at any point and go in the direction specified by the vector field, tracing out a parametric curve on the manifold. This curve is an integral curve of the vector field. More formally, let v be a vector field on the manifold M. 25) for arbitrary functions f on the manifold, with real values or structured real values. The rate of change of a function along an integral curve is the vector field applied to the function evaluated at the appropriate place along the curve.

The vector field is an operator that takes a real-valued manifold function and a manifold point and produces a number. The order of arguments is chosen to make v(f) be a new manifold function that can be manipulated further. Directional derivative operators, unlike ordinary derivative operators, produce a result of the same type as their argument. Note that there is no mention here of any coordinate system. The vector field specifies a direction and magnitude at each manifold point that is independent of how it is described using any coordinate system.

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