Dynamical Systems

An introduction to chaos theory and related topics in nonlinear dynamics, including the detection and quantification of chaos in experimental data, fractals, and complex systems. Most of the important elementary concepts in nonlinear dynamics are discussed, with emphasis on the physical concepts and useful results rather than mathematical proofs and derivations: there are several other resources for the latter. Courses in Chaos & Nonlinear Dynamics tend to be either purely qualitative or highly mathematical; this course attempts to fill the middle ground by giving the essential equations, but in their simplest possible form.

Prerequisites or Prior Knowledge

Classical mechanics, e.g. B10