Math 404/504

Dynamical Systems


Instructor

Tomoki Ohsawa (, office: 2067 CASL Building)

Office Hours

  • Mon: 4:30–5:30pm
  • Tue: 2:30–3:30pm
  • Thu: 11am–Noon
  • By appointment

Textbook

  • "Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos" by Steven Strogatz
  • Planning to roughly cover Chapters 1–8 (and, time permitting, Chapters 9 and 10) of the Textbook

Topics to be covered

Basic ideas of dynamical systems, equilibria, stability, bifurcations, linear systems and linearization, limit cycles, and applications to natural sciences and engineering, etc.

Breakdown

  • 20% Homework
  • 20% Midterm 1, 20% Midterm 2, 40% Final

Exams

  • No makeup exams
  • No calculators
  • One cheatsheet in each of the midterms and Two in the final
  • Midterms: 75min each
  • Final: 2.5hr