This calculus-based course provides an introduction to the physics of chaos. Chaos is everywhere, in economics, biology, political science, chemistry, and physics.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIS)(IDEA-MN)(PHYS)(SISP)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|SECTION 01 - 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 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.
|Instructor(s): Ellis,Fred M. Times: .M.W.F. 11:00AM-11:50AM; Location: SCIE201; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 30||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 8||FR: 8|
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