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MT5837 Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 11
Planned timetable:9.00 am - 10.00 am Mon (even teaching weeks), Tue, Thu

This module introduces the modern ergodic theory approach to understanding chaotic dynamical systems. Topics include recurrence, consequences of ergodicity, entropy, the structure of the space of invariant measures and unique ergodicity. This will give students an insight into a thriving field of mathematics, which is at the core of the research interests of many faculty in the Pure Division in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for MMath Mathematics or MMath Pure Mathematics

UG Pre-requisite(s):MT5825

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2.5 lectures (x 10 weeks), 1 tutorial (x 10 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 35
  • Guided independent study: 165

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 100%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 0%
UG As used by St Andrews:2.5-hour Written Examination = 100%
UG Re-assessment:2.5-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr M Todd
Module teaching staff:Dr M Todd