This calculus-based course provides an introduction to the physics of chaos. Chaos is everywhere, in economics, biology, political science, chemistry, and physics.
Work on weekly problem sets and writing of computer programs will increase the student's ability to quantitatively analyze complex physical systems.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIS)(IDEA-MN)(PHYS)(SISP)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 In-person only - 2nd Quarter|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Baker & Gollub, CHAOTIC DYNAMICS; James Gleick, CHAOS; R. Jensen, "Classical Chaos", AMERICAN SCIENTIST 75 (March-April), 168 (1987); and instructor's notes.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Problem sets, a final exam, and a term paper. Problem sets involve numerical simulations. No previous programming experience is required, but a willingness to learn simple numerical programming through classroom examples and programming workshops is essential. We will use the c programming language in class, but students may use another language for their problem sets if they prefer.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
PHYS217 us a second-quarter course, commencing on 20 October. You must have had physics with calculus. This course, along with PHYS215, can provide an entry point into the Physics major for exceptionally well prepared students.
|Instructor(s): Stewart,Brian A. Times: .M.W.F. 11:00AM-11:50AM; Location: SCIE201; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 8||FR: 8|
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