18.385 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos


Class Info

Introduction to the theory of nonlinear dynamical systems with applications from science and engineering. Local and global existence of solutions, dependence on initial data and parameters. Elementary bifurcations, normal forms. Phase plane, limit cycles, relaxation oscillations, Poincare-Bendixson theory. Floquet theory. Poincare maps. Averaging. Near-equilibrium dynamics. Synchronization. Introduction to chaos. Universality. Strange attractors. Lorenz and Rossler systems. Hamiltonian dynamics and KAM theory. Uses MATLAB computing environment.

This class has 18.03, and 18.034 as prerequisites.

18.385 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by R. R. Rosales.

Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 2-136.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

In the Fall 2014 Subject Evaluations, 18.385 was rated 6.3 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the Course Website site or on the 18.385 Stellar site.

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