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Mystic Chaos: A Preliminary Report

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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathLand)
Description: Billed as a fantasy adventure game, Chaos involves solving a mystery - or rather, a large number of little puzzles that supposedly add up to something bigger - starting from scratch. You have to figure out what the mystery is and how you as the player fit in. The program features intricate graphics, an array of sound effects, various video clips, and a cast of bizarre characters, from a sinister thug to the inscrutable Uncle Prospero. What makes this game more than just an entertaining pastime is that its creators have also incorporated many of the ideas and images of what is popularly termed chaos theory. Chaotic systems are characterized by a sensitive dependence on initial conditions, and the mathematics embodying this concept serves as a model of how the observed irregularities of the real world can arise out of deterministic laws... I've viewed Mandelbrot sets, Lorenz attractors, and other icons of chaos theory in the game.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Games, Articles
Math Topics: Chaos

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