Math 489 Spring 2019

Dynamics and Differential Equations



Room: 341 Altgeld Hall.

Time: TTh 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Lecturer: Eduard-Wilhelm Kirr

Midterm 1: Oct. 10, in class. Counts for 25% of your grade.

Midterm 2: Nov. 21, in class. Counts for 25% of your grade.

Final Project: due on the final exam day, TBA. Counts for 25% of your grade.

Test Policies: No books, notes, calculators or computers allowed. Make up tests will be given only if you present written evidence, as soon as possible, that you did (or will have to) miss an exam for a legitimate reason, e.g. illness or family emergency. Travel and leisure plans are never a legitimate reason.

Syllabus: Introduction to discrete and continuous dynamical systems: fixed and periodic points, stability, Lyapunov exponents and chaos, fractals, bifurcations. Click here for more details.

Text: Kathleen T. Alligood & All: Chaos, an introduction to dynamical systems, Springer-Verlag New York, 1996.

Homework: Assignments will be given almost weekly. You can drop the lowest two scores. The rest count for 25% of your grade. Check back this page for actual assignments.

4 credit hours: If you would like to enroll you must come to my office hour as soon as possible with a form you can obtain from 313 Altgeld. We will fill it together and state exactly what extra work you will perform for the additional credit.

Miscellaneous: Your assignments and exam scores will be stored on a secure server. You can access your scores using your NetId and Password by following the Score Reports link found here . The algorithm on the server also gives you a letter grade based on your current scores and the curve: A for 90% and up, B between 80% and 89.9% , C between 70% and 79.9%, D between 60% and 69.9% and F below 60%.

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