Lynn Fichter

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Geology and Environmental Science
James Madison University

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Teaching Chaos and Complex Evolutionary Systems Theories at the Introductory Level part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
This is a learning progression of 12 models leading to 19 learning outcomes designed to introduce chaos and complex systems theories concepts in 3 - 5 50 minute classes. Includes power points of class demonstrations, computer lab experiments, links to a wide diversity of resources and computer models, and experiments with complex systems models.


Environmental Systems Theory part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Courses
Course begins with an exploration of chaos and complex systems theory as an antidote to the equilibrium thinking most students have been taught. This includes the logistic model as a basic definition of chaos theory, and complex systems models self-organized criticality, Bak-Sneppen ecosystem, network theory, attractors, hysteresis, and bistable systems (many accompanied by computer-based experiments). The remaining two third of the semester is devoted to understanding and explaining the behavior of Earth systems and human societies in terms of the non-equilibrium universality properties of chaos/complex systems.


Complex Systems as Evolutionary Systems part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Workshop 2010:Participant Essays
Lynn S. Fichter, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, James Madison University March 25, 2010 Ask the average person, "What is the theory of evolution?" and you are likely to get answers like ...

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Developing Student Understanding of Complex Systems in the Geosciences Participants: Presenter