Fall 2009 not offered
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: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIS)(IDEA-MN)(PHYS)(SISP)
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 is a second-quarter course. 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.
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