By Wanda Szemplinska-Stupnicka
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The considered oscillator exhibits a broad variety of strongly nonlinear phenomena. To explore some of them, detailed numerical computations are required. e. the equation of motion of the ball, and then to perform numerical analysis of it. This can be done, for instance, with the use of the software package for nonlinear dynamics, that accompanies the book Dynamics . 1) is governed by the equation of motion in the form of ordinary, second order differential equation, the equation that finds a lot of applications in various branches of physics -^4 + £—~a z + Pz3=Acoso)T.
11(b). 10. Now, the two basins of attraction (blue and white regions) are no longer separated by a smooth, one-dimensional line. In contrast, a detailed study would show that the blue irregular "fingers" which invade the white basin of attraction consist of infinitely many points, thus the basin boundary ceases to be a one-dimensional line. Such structures of the basin boundary are referred to as fractal. For the time being, we approach this concept only intuitively. 1 l(b)). Indeed, the complexity of the basin boundary is associated with the complex structure of the manifolds.
Global homoclinic bifurcation The above analysis of the manifolds of the saddle Dn, and the related fractal structure of the basin boundary, brings us to the concept of the global homoclinic bifurcation of a saddle. 11 were implied by the change of the value of the forcing amplitude F. It is useful to define the global bifurcation in terms of a general bifurcational parameter, say p. If we assume that the parameter pc is the critical value for the global bifurcation to occur, then at p < pc the stable and unstable manifolds of the saddle do not intersect, at p = pc become tangent, and at p > pc intersect transversally.