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CDS 104



CDS 104 -- Spring 2005
Third Term

Introductory Concepts for Dynamical Systems

Prerequisites:Ma 1 and Ma 2 (or equivalent);
it is recommended that this course be taken concurrently with CDS 273.

Course Description

CDS 104 is aimed at students who are new to nonlinear dynamics, especially those in chemistry, biology, physics, and engineering. Our goal is to explain this subject in a direct and simple way, and to show how it can be used to understand the wonders of the nonlinear world. We will use the textbook written by Strogatz whose mathematical treatment is friendly and informal, yet still careful. Computation, concrete examples, and geometric intuition will be stressed. We will cover chapters on phase plane analysis, limit cycles, bifurcation as well as chaos, with applications to physics, biology, chemistry, and engineering. These materials should provide students with a good grounding on nonlinear methods.


TuTh 2 - 3 PM; Steele 102


Wang Sang Koon
119 Steele,
email: koon

Office Hours: TBD

Teaching Assistants

Gentian Buzi
email: genti

Philip du Toit
email: pdutoit

Andrew Lamperski
email: andyl

Office Hours:
Monday 1-2pm in Steele 135
Monday3-4pm, Thursday 4-5pm in
CDS Library


  • If you are a graduating senior or a graduate student in CDS 104, please turn in your final project on June 2 in class. Due to the tight schedule, you can skip HW8.

    As for other students, please turn in your HW8 in class on June 2. Since we plan to do a teaching evaluation that day, I hope that all of you will be there. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Please turn in your Final by 5:00pm on June 9th to Philip Du Toit's mailbox in Steele just outside the lecture hall.
  • For project topics, see the Projects page.
  • Office hours have been changed. See the listing above for the new times.
  • For the latest homework assignment, see the Assignments page
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