Introduction to Chaotic Dynamical Systems

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Tuesday - Thursday: 3:30PM - 4:45 PM
Lippitt Hall Room 201

Instructor    Araceli Bonifant  
Office: Lippitt Hall 200 B
Phone: 874-4394

Office Hours:

Book: There is not book for this class.

Course Description. Chaotic phenomena flourish in nature. They often originate in systems whose components are governed by simple laws, but whose overall behavior is very complex. The objective of this course is to give an elementary introduction to the theory of chaotic systems.

Prerequisites:MTH 243 or permission of instructor.

Tentative List of Topics:

  • The Tent Map.

  • Lyapunov Exponent.

  • The Logistic Map.

  • Period Doubling.

  • Chaos.

  • Bifurcation Theory

  • Sarkovskii's Theorem

  • Evaluation Policy:

  • Homework sets:         30%
  • Project I:                   35%
  • Project II:                  35%
  • Suggested Reading:

  • Chaos, Fractals and Dynamics: Computer Experiments in Mathematics by Robert Devaney.
  • Chaotic Dynamics and Nonlinear systems by S. Neil Rasband
  • An Introduction to Chaotic Dynamical Systems by Robert Devaney
  • Policy:
    You are expected to abide by the University's civility policy:

    "The University of Rhode Island is committed to developing and actively protecting a class environment in which respect must be shown to everyone in order to facilitate the expression, testing, understanding, and creation of a variety of ideas and opinions. Rude, sarcastic, obscene or disrespectful speech and disruptive behavior have a negative impact on everyone's learning and are considered unacceptable. The course instructor will have disruptive persons removed from the class."

    Cell phones, IPods, beepers and any electronic device must be turned off in class!!

    You are required to do your own work unless specifically told otherwise by your instructor. In support of honest students, those discovered cheating on assignments or exams will receive a grade of zero on the assignment or exam. Use of unauthorized aids such as cheat sheets or information stored in calculator memories, will be considered cheating. The Mathematics Department and the University strongly promote academic integrity.

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