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MT4508   Dynamical Systems

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 10.00 am Mon (even weeks), Tue and Thu

This module aims to introduce students to the basic ideas of the modern theory of dynamical systems and to the concepts of chaos and strange attractors. The module will include: period doubling; intermittency and chaos; geometrical approach to differential equations; homoclinic and heteroclinic orbits; Poincaré sections; the Smale horseshoe mapping; centre manifold theory.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass MT3504

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 1 tutorial (weeks 2 - 11).

Scheduled learning hours: 35

Guided independent study hours: 115

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

Personnel

Module teaching staff: Dr V Archontis