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Section 2.8 The doubling map and chaos

A glance at the cobweb plots of \(f(x)=x^2-2\) in Figure 2.6.1 and \(g(x)=4x(1-x)\) in Figure 2.3.1 shows that they both exhibit very complicated behavior. In fact, they are chaotic in a perfectly quantitative sense. In this section, we'll introduce the doubling map, which is (in a sense) the prototypical chaotic map. After studying conjugacy in Section 2.9, we'll be able to extend this result to show that \(f\) and \(g\) are chaotic as well.