CDS 140b, Spring 2011
Introduction to Dynamics  
Instructors

Teaching Assistant

Course Description
CDS 140b is a continuation of CDS 140a. A large part of the course will focus on tools from nonlinear dynamics, such as the existence of periodic orbits, bifurcation theory, perturbation theory and averaging, advanced stability analysis, chaos, etc. In addition, guest lecturers will give an introduction to current research topics in dynamical systems theory. There will be five homeworks throughout the semester but no exams. Instead, the students are required to select a research topic and a journal paper related to CD140b and present a brief review of the paper. The details of the projects will be discussed in the class.
Announcements
 18 Mar 2011: web page creation
Lecture Schedule
Date  Topic  Reading/Lecture Notes  Homework 
29 Mar 31 Mar 
Limit cycles

Strogatz 7.07.4 
Home Work 1 
5 Apr 7 Apr 
Bifurcation

References:
Course Textbooks
 S. Strogatz, Nonlinear Dynamics And Chaos, Westview Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780738204536
 L. Perko, Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems (3rd), Springer, 2001. ISBN: 9780387951164
Additional Sources:
 F. Verhulst, Nonlinear Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems,Springer, 2ed Edition, 1996.
 S. Wiggins, Introduction to Applied Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Chaos, Springer; 2nd edition, 2003. ISBN: 9780387001777.
Policies:
Lecture notes:
A skeleton file for the lecture notes will be posted the night before each lecture and it will mainly include figures and some text. It is recommended that students come to class with the lecture notes skeleton and use it to fill in the material covered in class. Complete lecture notes will NOT be posted.
Collaboration Policy
Homeworks are to be done and handed in individually. To improve the learning process, students are encouraged to discuss the problems with, provide guidance to and get help from other students, the TAs and instructors. However, to make sure each student understands the concepts, solutions must be written independently and should reﬂect your understanding of the subject matter at the time of writing. Copying solutions, using solutions from previous years, having someone else type or dictate any part of the solution manual or using publicly available solutions (from the Internet) are not allowed.
Grading Policy
The final grades will be evaluated based on homework assignments (5*12%=60%), final projects (30%), and participation in class (10%).
Late Homework
Each student is allowed one late day which means only one homework assignment may be handed in up to one day late. Other than this day, late homework will not be accepted. Exceptional circumstances (such as medical situations) with appropriate documentation will be considered by the instructors.