MTH 442
Introduction to Difference Equations

Course Information and Syllabus, Spring 2000

Text:  Lecture Notes  by E.A. Grove, M.R.S. Kulenovic and G. Ladas 

Prerequisites:  MTH 243

Exams and Grading:

Course grade will be determined based on homework, mid-term and final exams, and the project.  The exams will be in part of the take home variety.

The topics that will be covered are:

basic theory for linear and nonlinear difference equations
stability theory
periodic points
chaos for first order difference equations

Computer Requirements

The use of computer algebra systems MAPLE is required. MAPLE notebooks dealing with the different problems in theory will be provided and demonstrated in the class.
Most of the exams will be MAPLE-aid exams.

Instructor: Dr. M. Kulenovic                               Office: Tyler 224

Phone: 44436                                           
Online information: or

Office hours: T, Th: 11-12, W: 1-2 and by appointment. 

Time:  T,Th: 3:30-4:45

Interesting Fractals:

Mandelbrot set
Julia set

Mandelbrot set