3H: Dynamical Systems

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    3H: Dynamical Systems

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study

    Mathematics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Mathematics 2A and 2D at Grade D3 or better.
    Please note: this is one of a package of level-3 courses in Mathematics leading to a designated degree in Mathematics.
    Full details of the requirements for a designated degree can be found in the University Calendar.
    The requirements or the designated degree include a second-year curriculum that includes Mathematics 2A, 2B, 2D and another level 2 Mathematics course. An average grade of D3 over these 4 level-2 courses is required.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    1
  • Overview

    Short Description
    Systems of ordinary differential equations, possibly depending on parameters, have equilibrium solutions that may be classified as stable or unstable. This course will study questions of stability and birfurcation for both systems of differential equations and for iterated nonlinear maps.

    Assessment
    100% Final Exam
    Main Assessment In: April/May

    Course Aims
    Systems of ordinary differential equations, possibly depending on parameters, have equilibrium solutions that may be classified as stable or unstable. The stable solutions determine the long term behaviour of the model and as the parameters change, this stability may change giving rise to bifurcations. These correspond to qualtitative changes in the predictions of the model. This course will study questions of stability and birfurcation for both systems of differential equations and for iterated nonlinear maps.
    Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
    By the end of this course students will be able to:
    - for one- and two-dimensional systems of ODE, find the fixed points, determine the linearisation of the system about such solutions and discuss their stability; understand the distinction between hyperbolic and non-hyperbolic fixed points;
    - sketch a phase portrait of linear and nonlinear one- and two-dimensional systems of ODEs;
    - find fixed points and periodic orbits of iterated one-dimensional mappings, including the logistic map in particular, and discuss their stability; understand the connection between the Lyapunov exponent and chaos and compute it for simple examples;
    - use cobweb diagrams to illustrate stability of a fixed point or periodic orbit;
    - use a Lyapunov function to investiaget the stability of a fixed point;
    - use the Poincaré-Bendixson theorem and polar coordinates to investigate the existence of limit cycles;
    - investigate bifurcations of one-dimensional dynamical systems in general; draw bifurcation diagrams.

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