18.385 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
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.
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.
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