CDS 140b -- Winter 2008
Second Term

Introduction to Dynamics

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Steele 214

Course Description

9 units (3-0-6); second term. Prerequisite: CDS 140a or equivalent

This class will be a continuation of CDS 140a on basic dynamical systems. This term there will be a series of lectures by guests; each will be somewhat self contained, but assume a basic knowledge of dynamical systems and mechanics, as covered in 140a.

The grade will be based on weekly homework assignments and a final project. The project must be approved by the instructors and can be tied to one of the special lecture segments.

Instructors: Marsden and Murray

TA: Molei Tao

Lecture Schedule

Weeks 1-2, January 8, 10, 15, 17: Jerrold E. Marsden and Philip DuToit,

Week 3, January 22, 24: Joris Vankerschaver,

Week 4, January 29, 31: Joris Vankerschaver,

Week 5, February 5, 7: Eva Kano (USC),

Week 6, February 12, 14: Nawaf Bou-Rabee,

  • The Tippe Top and other Mechanical Toys: Heteroclinic Connections and Dissipation Induced Instabilities

Weeks 7-8, Feb 19, 21, 26, 28: Richard Murray,

Week 9, March 4, 6: Sigrid Leyendecker,

Week 10, March 11, 14:

  • Project Preparation

Projects are due on Wednesday, March 19.