Physics 471D  Advanced Topics: Nonlinear Dynamics  Spring
2016
Instructor  Renate Wackerbauer, Office Location: REIC 106 phone: 4746108 email: rawackerbauer@alaska.edu  
Open office hours  Walkins are very welcome; appointments help; email is effective for straightforward questions.  
Course info  Phys471D, 1 credit  
Prerequisites  Phys220 and Phys301, or instructor's permission  
Lectures  MWF 3:30 to 4:30 pm, REIC 207 The lectures will explore in depth material presented in the text  
Noyes Lab  Access to the Noyes Computer Lab (Rm 101 REIC) is provided to all students enrolled in a Physics course. Your polar express card lets you in.  
Text 
Required text: Supplementary readings:  
Course Content 
Introduction into the dynamics of nonlinear systems. Continuous and discrete dynamical systems, stability analysis, bifurcations, limit cycle, chaos and strange attractors, fractals and dimension algorithms.  
Course Goals

This course provides an introduction into
nonlinear dynamics at the undergraduate level. Dynamical systems that are
characterized with coupling and feedback processes often show dynamical or
spatiotemporal patterns that need to be described at the systems level; a
reductionist approach is not suited for complex systems, since the entire
system behaves different to the sum of its part. Complex systems can be
highdimensional but must not. A necessary requirement for complex
dynamics is nonlinear equations of motion.  
Student Learning Outcomes  Students learn, *how to analyze the stability of complex systems *how nonlinear systems differ from linear systems regarding dynamical properties *how sensitivity of system dynamics is related to predictability, determinism, and control *to explore dynamical systems analytically and with computer simulations  
Homework 
Homework will be assigned weekly and will be due by 3:30 pm on the
following monday, unless explicitely altered at the time of assignment.
Late homework will not be accepted. Finished homework should be
placed in the designated box in the main office of the Physics Department,
or turned in in class. Homework assignments and solutions will be posted
in the glass case in the Physics Department hallway. I HIGHLY appreciate it, if you RECYCLE paper for your homeworks!  
Examinations 
A onehour interm final examinations will be held during the semester. The exam will be closed books and closed notes. No calculators, computers, or communication devices are allowed.
 
Grading  The maximum score for each homework will be 100 points. A solution
(homework, exam) that presents nothing more than a restatement of the
problem will receive zero credit. Credit will be given for clarity of
presentation, illegible work will not be graded. To pass
the course with a grade higher than an "F", you need 50% of the total
credits. Grades A  D are assigned equal weight (units of 12.5%) for total
credits between 50% and 100%. +/ are assigned 2.5% from
grade boundary. So A+ (>97.5), A(>90), A (>87.5),
B+(>85), B(>77.5), B (>75), C+ (>72.5), C (>65), C
(>62.5), etc. For the final grade homework, exams, will be weighted as
follows:
 
Course policies  Attendance at lectures is expected. Active class participation, questions, comments are extremely welcome in the lectures. A missed exam will receive 0 credit unless the instructor is notified by email, phone, etc before the exam starts. Makeup exams will be individually scheduled with the student.  
Student Obligations  As students of UAF, you are bound by the policies and regulations of the University of Alaska, UAF rules and procedures, and the Student Honor Code. You are obligated to make yourselves familiar with all conditions presented in the UAF Catalog. Plagiarism on homework, or on exam will result in a failing grade.  
Disabilities Services  The Office of Disability Services implements the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and insures that UAF students have equal access to the campus and course materials. If you have any kind of dissability, please ensure that you go to the dissabilities services program coordinator. I will work with the office of disabilities services (208 WHIT, 4745655) to provide reasonable accomodations to students with disabilities.  
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