18.354 Nonlinear Dynamics: Continuum Systems
General mathematical principles of continuum systems. From microscopic to macroscopic descriptions in the form of linear or nonlinear (partial) differential equations. Exact solutions, dimensional analysis, calculus of variations and singular perturbation methods. Stability, waves and pattern formation in continuum systems. Subject matter illustrated using natural fluid and solid systems found, for example, in geophysics and biology.
18.354 will be offered this semester (Spring 2018). It is instructed by L. Bourouiba.
Lecture occurs 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 8-205.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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