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An introduction to nonlinear systems, the use of linearisation techniques and bifurcation theory.
Dynamical systems is the study of global, long-term behaviour of mathematical systems whose state evolves with time. Most of the systems studied arise from differential equations models of an applied problem from Physics, Biology, Economics, Chemistry, Engineering, etc. The aim of this course is to understand asymptotic behaviour using a combination of geometric reasoning, intelligent approximations, computer assistance and mathematical insight. This will be accomplished without grinding out the solutions of special classes of differential equations.Topics covered: Overview of dynamics; flows on the line; one and two parameter bifurcations; 2d linear systems; phase plane for nonlinear 2d systems; limit cycles; Hopf bifurcations; applications; introduction to chaos in 3d flows.
to develop insight into the qualitative behaviour of the solutions to differential equations; in particular, the effects of nonlinearityto obtain a greater understanding of the use of differential equations in modelling physical systems; including the role of parameters, and the interplay between solutions to the model and experimentsto apply relevant computational and geometric techniques to analyse systems of differential equations; and to communicate the mathematical results clearly and coherently
MATH201 orEMTH210 and a further 15 points from (EMTH211, EMTH271, MATH202, MATH203, MATH240, MATH270).
Students must attend one activity from each section.
General information for students
Domestic fee $788.00
International fee $4,438.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Mathematics and Statistics