AM 0220: Nonlinear Dynamical Systems

Spring 2005, Brown University, Division of Applied Mathematics

AM 0220: Nonlinear Dynamical Systems - Theory and Applications

Prof. Dr. Bernold Fiedler, Dr. Stefan Liebscher


37 Manning Walk, Room 104
Mon, Wed 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm

Exception: Wed, Feb 09 in 182 George Street, Room 110


180 George Street, Room 106
Wed, 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm


Basic theory of ordinary differential equations, flows, and maps. Two-dimensional systems. Linear systems. Hamiltonian and integrable systems. Lyapunov functions and stability. Invariant manifolds, including stable, unstable, and center manifolds. Bifurcation theory and normal forms. Nonlinear oscillations and the method of averaging. Chaotic motion, including horseshoe maps and the Melnikov method. Applications in the physical and biological sciences.


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