APMA 1360: Topics in Chaotic Dynamics (Spring 2010)

Class information

InstructorBjörn Sandstede
OfficeRoom 325 in 182 George Street
Office HoursMF 2-2:50pm, and by appointment
Class meetingsMWF 1:00-1:50pm in BH163

Course material

This class provides an introduction to nonlinear dynamics and chaos. We will study qualitative methods for dynamical systems and apply them to examples from biology, chemistry, and physics. In the first nine weeks, we will learn about one- and two-dimensional flows, while the remainder of the class will focus on chaos and fractals.

Prerequisites: Calculus and linear algebra. Knowledge of differential equations is not required but would be helpful.


The grade is determined as follows by homework problems, a project, two midterms, and a final exam:

Midterm 115%Friday, 26 Feb, in class
Midterm 215%Friday, 9 Apr, in class
Project15%Due Monday, May 3
Final Exam30%Tuesday, 18 May, at 2pm in BH158

Homework problems will be handed out every Wednesday and are due a week later. You can work together on homework problems, but you need to write up your solutions individually.