The Beam Analysis Tool (BAT)

The Beam Analysis Tool (BAT)

Peter Burrage (Camosun College, Canada) and Leslee Francis Pelton (University of Victoria, Canada)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-555-9.ch018
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In Houghton’s (1989) review of educational paradigms, he highlights the gaining importance of chaos theory. Chaos theory is often characterized by the term non-linear. Chaos theory can be found in many disciplines; in structural engineering, the behaviour of a structure under earthquake loads is often seen in terms of non-linear behaviour. Another characteristic of chaos theory is unpredictability. The implications for educational theory, as Houghton suggests, is that we have a realistic model for what happens in highly interactive systems.

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