Office: Lippitt Hall 202G
Textbook: There is not required textbook. We will be using the notes
of Professor Lasse Rempe-Gillen,
who taught a similar class at the Department of Mathematical Science in
Liverpool University. (I will provide copies of the Notes when the semester
Here are some further reading materials:
R. Devaney: An Introduction to Chaotic Dynamical Systems, 2nd Edition
J. Milnor: Dynamics in One Complex Variable, 3rd Edition (More advanced)
About the course: In this course we will explore the field of
Complex Dynamics at an introductory level while reviewing, reinforcing,
and extending the ideas learned in a typical first course on complex
analysis. Julia sets and the famous Mandelbrot set will be introduced and
interesting properties of their boundaries will be described. Towards the
end of the course we will read a paper describing that the exponential
map is chaotic.
The course will run as a seminar course. In the first class students will choose the first topic to present in class. Each student will have 60 minutes to present the material assigned to him/her +10 minutes or so for questions during the presentation. Each student will have to present twice during the semester (see course syllabus for details). Homework will be assigned regularly during the semester. The objective of the homework is to make sure that all students study the material in the book not just the part that they have to present.
Clicking here: Course Schedule you will get a detailed syllabus of the course. The syllabus may change a little, according to the needs of the class.
Grading: The grading will be based primarily on class participation (20%), the quality of the student's in-class presentations (50%), homework sets (30%). Not attending regularly will have a negative effect on the grade. Regular attendance is therefore required.
Reading: Zalcman's paper to complement the presentation of.
The exponential map is chaotic: An invitation to transcendental dynamics to complement the presentation of.
Homework: Homework problems will be posted here.
Accomodations. If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact the Disability Services for Students Office at 330 Memorial Union 401-874-2098. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.
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