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PHYS 346 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos (4)

This course engages the student in the qualitative analysis of nonlinear dynamical equations, including their features (e.g., the existence and stability of fixed points and limit cycles, dynamical bifurcations, and chaotic behavior), as well as the study of nonlinear maps and fractals. Mathematical and computational concepts will be gradually introduced and emphasis will be given to specific examples drawn from a range of natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering, which facilitate the understanding of dynamical systems theory and emphasize its relevance in practical applications. Supplementary topics include the study of pattern forming systems, the emergence of spatiotemporal complexity in high-dimensional systems, and spontaneous self-organization.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Natural Sciences
  • Prerequisite: MATH 249
  • Offering: Alternate Spring semesters
  • Instructor: Borrero

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