|Course Description||Existence and uniqueness of solutions to differential equations. Local and global theorems of continuity and differentiabillity. Phase portraits. Limit cycles. Bifurcation. Lorenz equations. Fractals. Strange attractors.|
|Prerequisites||Math 130A or consent of instructor.|
|Textbook||S. H. Strogatz, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Perseus Books Publishing, LLC, 1994. (Note: We will cover parts of Chapters 7 - 12.)|
|Syllabus||Click here to see the schedule of lectures and topics.|
|Lectures||9:00 am - 9:50 am, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, AP&M 2301.|
|Instructor||Professor Bo Li. Office: AP&M 5723. Phone: (805) 534-6932. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hours: 2:00pm - 2:30 pm, Mondays and Wedensdays.|
|Discussion Session||10:00 am - 10:50 am, Thursdays, AP&M 5402.|
|Teaching Assistant||Mr. Michael White. Office: AP&M 5712. Office hours: 12:30 - 2:00.|
Homework will be assigned, collected, and partially graded regularly.
Each homework is due in Friday's class.
One homework assignment with the lowest score will be dropped.
Note: no late homework will be accepted unless a written verification of a valid excuse (such as hospitalization, family emergency, religious observance, court appearance, etc.) is provided.
There will be one midterm and one final, close-book and close-note exams.
No calculators will be allowed in these exams. The final exam will be cumulative.
Midterm Exam: 9:00 am - 9:50 am, Friday, May 3, AP&M 2301.
Final Exam: 8:00 am - 10:59 am, Wednesday, June 12. Place: to be announced.
Note: neither rescheduled nor make-up exams will be allowed unless a written verification of a valid excuse (such as hospitalization, family emergency, religious observance, court appearance, etc.) is provided.
|Grading||The final course grade will be determined based on the homework and exams with the weights: class participation 5%, homework - 20%, midterm exam - 30%, and the final exam - 45%. The grades will be curved.|