CDS 104 -- Spring 2008
Third Term

Introductory Concepts for Dynamical Systems

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Steele 214

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.


Dennice Gayme
Steele 7, x2289

Genti Buzi
Steele 19, x3371

Instructor Office hours:
Th 3:30-4:30pm in 214 Steele or by appointment

Teaching Assistants

Molei Tao
Steele 15, x3369

Luis Soto-Ortiz
Steele 135, x3376

TA Office hours:
Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:00pm in 110 Steele and Fridays 1:00-2:00pm in 214 Steele

Course Text

The Primary Course Text is Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, with Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering by Steven Strogatz.

The following additional reference may also be useful but is by no means necessary (i.e. you do not need to buy it).

Lawrence Perko, Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems, Third Edition 2001.