* CHE 448 / MAT 448
Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics
The purpose of this course is to present an introduction to the phenomenology of nonlinear dynamic behavior that may be observed as well as transitions between them as system parameters vary. We will discuss experimental measurements for the characterization of the system behavior. We will also include a small amount of theory that can be useful in computational explorations.
Sample reading list:
Steven H. Strogatz, NonLinear Dynamics and Chaos
Independent project to be handed in at the end of the term; weekly homework assignments; reports on scientific papers and guided independent reading and/or computational exploration projects.
Papers - 50%
Other (See Instructor) - 50%
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Exposure to ordinary differential equations and linear algebra as well as some computing experience are required for this course..
Emphasis will be placed on the geometric/visual computer aided description and understanding of complex dynamics and chaos.
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