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MT4508 Dynamical Systems

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
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.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all programmes in the School.

UG Pre-requisite(s):MT3504

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 lectures (weeks 1 - 10) and 1 tutorial (weeks 2 - 11).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 115

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 100%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 0%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 100%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr V Archontis
Module teaching staff:Dr V Archontis