MATH-UA 264 Chaos and Dynamical Systems


4 points. Offered in the spring.

Course Description

Topics will include dynamics of maps and of first order and second-order differential equations: stability, bifurcations, limit cycles, dissection of systems with fast and slow time scales. Geometric viewpoint, including phase planes, will be stressed. Chaotic behavior will be introduced in the context of one-variable maps (the logistic), fractal sets, etc. Applications will be drawn from physics and biology. There will be homework and projects, and a few computer lab sessions (programming experience is not a prerequisite).

Prerequisites

MATH-UA 122 Calculus II or MATH-UA 212 Math for Economics II (for Economics majors) and MATH-UA 140 Linear Algebra with a grade of C or better or the equivalent.

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