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Nonlinear generally refers to a situation that has a disproportionate cause and effect.
In science and mathematics, nonlinearity can refer to:
- Nonlinear optics, in physics, examines the properties of light in media in which the polarization responds nonlinearly to the electric field.
- Nonlinear system, in mathematics, represents a system whose behavior is not expressible as a linear function of its descriptors.
- Nonlinear element, or nonlinear device, is an electrical element which does not have a linear relationship between current and voltage, e.g., a diode
- Nonlinearity (journal) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Institute of Physics and the London Mathematical Society.
- Nonlinear gameplay, in computer and video games, presents players with challenges that can be completed in a number of different sequences.
- Non-linear editing system, an audio and video editing term for a system which can perform random access on the source material.
- Non-Linear Systems, a defunct computer manufacturer
In the arts:
- Nonlinear narratives, in the arts, is a word used to describe events portrayed in a non-chronological manner.
In the study of writing systems:
- Non-linear writing, a writing system whose symbols do not consist of lines.
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