Global Character of Difference Equations I

Course Information, Fall 2013

Text:  M. R. S. Kulenovic and O. Merino, Advanced Topics in Difference Equations (manuscript in progress)  and handouts  

Supporting literature:

 M. R. S. Kulenovic and O. Merino, Discrete Dynamical Systems and Difference Equations with Mathematica, 
Chapman&Hall/CRC Press, 2002.


S. Wiggins, Introduction to Applied Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Chaos


Prerequisites: Graduate standing , exposure to advanced calculus and linear algebra

Exams and Grading:

Course grade will be determined based on homework (40%) and mid-term exam (30%) and final project (30%). 

The topics that will be covered are:

elements of stability theory

invariant manifolds

global attractivity results

Lyapunov's second method and first integrals

applications to population dynamics


Computer Requirements

The use of computer algebra systems such as MATHEMATICA, MAPLE, and Scientific Notebook is encouraged. Some computer lectures in some of these systems will be presented, and provided.  Comprehensive MATHEMATICA packages will be provided through SAKAI.

Instructor: M. Kulenovic

Online information: or

Office hours: M,W,F: 11 – 12 and by appointment. 

Time: M,W: 4:30PM - 5:45

Room:  Lippitt Hall room 201