Course Syllabus

Spring 2015

**Instructor**: Prof. Michael S. Pilant

**Web Page Address:**
/~Michael.Pilant/

**Course Home Page:**
/~Michael.Pilant/math614/

**E-mail:**
mpilant@math.tamu.edu

**Phone:** 845-3261

**Office**: Blocker 221D

**Lecture Times** N/A - Distance Course

**Office Hours: ** Via email

**Course Title: **Dynamical Systems and Chaos

**Course Description:**
Discrete maps; continuous flows; dynamical systems; Poincare maps;
symbolic dynamics; chaos, strange attractors; fractals; computer
simulation of dynamical systems. Prerequisites: MATH 308
[Ordinary Differential Equations] and MATH 601 [Linear Algebra
and Vector Calculus] or equivalent.

**Text: **
Chaos: An Introduction to Dynamical Systems, by
K. Alligood, T. Sauer, J. A. Yorke. [Springer-Verlag]

**Homework: ** There are exercises at the end of each chapter.
A subset of these will be assigned as weekly homework.

**Labs: ** These will be taken from the "Challenge" and
"Lab Visit" sections at the end of each chapter. They will have
a strong computational component.

**Projects:** A midterm project (due at the end of the 8th
week of class) and a final project (due at the end of the term).

**Grading Policy: **

- HW - 30%
- Labs - 30%
- Midterm Project - 20%
- Final Project - 20%

** SCHOLASTIC DISHONESTY:** Copying work done by others, either in-class
or out of class, is an act of scholastic dishonesty and will be prosecuted
to the full extent allowed by University policy. Collaboration on
assignments, either in-class or out-of-class, is
forbidden unless permission to do so is granted by your instructor.
For more information on university policies regarding scholastic
dishonesty, see
University Student Rules .

** COPYRIGHT POLICY: ** All printed materials disseminated
in class or on the web are protected by Copyright laws.
One xerox copy (or download from the web) is allowed for personal use.
Multiple copies or sale of any of these materials is strictly prohibited.