CDS 140b, Spring 2011

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Introduction to Dynamics


Teaching Assistant

  • TBA
  • Office hours: TBA

Course Description


  • 18 Mar 2011: web page creation

Lecture Schedule

Date Topic Reading Homework
29 Mar
31 Mar
Limit cycles
  • Recap
  • Ruling out closed orbits
  • Index theory
  • Poincare-Bendixon theorem
  • Lienard systems

Strogatz 7.0-7.4
Perko, 3.1-3.5, 3.7-3.8, 3.12

HW 1
5 Apr
7 Apr


The suggested textbooks for the course (available via the online bookstore) are

  • Strogatz, Steven; Nonlinear Dynamics And Chaos, Westview Press, 1994. ISBN: 978-0738204536
  • Perko, Lawrence; Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems (3rd), Springer, 2001. ISBN: 978-0387951164


Collaboration Policy

Collaboration on homework assignments is encouraged. You may consult outside reference materials, other students, the TA, or the instructors. Use of solutions from previous years in the course or from other external sources is not allowed. All solutions that are handed should reflect your understanding of the subject matter at the time of writing.

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