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The set of points in phase space to which the representative point of a dissipative system (i.e. one with internal friction) tends as the system evolves. The attractor can be: a single point; a closed curve (a limit cycle), which describes a system with periodic behaviour; or a strange attractor, in which case the system exhibits chaos.

Subjects: Chemistry — Physics.

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