Non-linear Dynamics and Chaos|
Fall 2018 not offered
|Course Cluster: Integrated Design, Engineering & Applied Science Minor|
The techniques of nonlinear dynamics have been proven, over the years, useful for a variety of disciplines covering areas from physics and system biology to econophysics, sociophysics, epidemiology and even linguistics. This course gives a taste of these new developments with an emphasis on applications. Examples that we shall discuss in the class include the development of social relations and love affairs, opinion dynamics, superconducting circuits and laser dynamics, and even methods of cryptography using chaos.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Prerequisites: PHYS113, PHYS116, AND PHYS213
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (IDEA-MN)(PHYS)(SISP)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Problem sets (consisting mostly of computer numeric simulations), Final Essay, and Final Exam. 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 mathematica 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.