MA 278: Introduction to Dynamical Systems Theory

Credits: 3:0

The course introduces basic mathematical techniques to understand qualitatively the long-term behaviour of systems evolving in time. Most of the phenomena occurring in nature, and around us, are nonlinear in nature and often these exhibit interesting behaviour which could be unpredictable and counterintuitive. Tools and techniques of dynamical systems theory help in understanding the behaviour of systems and in gaining control over their behaviour, to a certain extent. Dynamical systems theory has wide applications in the study of complex systems, including physical & biological systems, engineering, aerodynamics, economics, etc.  

Suggested books :

  1. S. Strogatz, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: with Applications to physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering ,Westview, 1994.
  2. S. Wiggins, Introduction to applied nonlinear dynamics & chaos ,Springer-Verlag, 2003.
  3. K. Alligood, T. Sauer, & James A.Yorke, Chaos: An Introduction to Dynamical Systems ,Springer-Verlag, 1996.
  4. M.Tabor, Chaos and Integrability in Non-linear Dynamics ,1989.

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