This unit is available in odd numbered years only.
Provides grounding in theoretical physics for students interested in doing Honours in Theoretical Physics or Applied Mathematics. Topics covered include: Linear and Non-linear systems, examples. Phase plane and phase space. The Hartmann Linearization Theorem. Co-dimension 1 bifurcations; saddle-node, pitchfork and Hopf bifurcations. Limit cycles and oscillations. Global bifurcations. Homoclinic and heteroclinic orbits. Characterization of chaos. Routes to chaos, period doubling, secondary Hopf bifurcations, intermittency. Homoclinic chaos. Mel'nikov theory.
|Unit name||Dynamical Systems and Chaos|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Professor Andrew Bassom|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Explain the ways in which dynamical systems exhibiting chaos can arise in the fields of mathematics, physics, engineering and other domains.
- Apply knowledge of the key mathematical concepts and techniques that allow analysis of the behaviour of dynamical systems.
- Apply a wide range of mathematical and computational techniques to determine the local and global behaviour of dynamical systems by understanding bifurcations and equilibrium points.
- Interpret and present information communicated in mathematical and plain English form.
- Demonstrate personal and social responsibility in the ethical application of approaches to problem solving, self-directed learning, and group learning.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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PrerequisitesAdmission into a relevant Masters course OR (KMA252 and KMA254) OR (KYA211 and KYA212) OR (KYA375 - Engineering Physics AND KME271 - Engineering Mathematics)
3 x 50 minute lectures weekly, 1 x 50 minute tutorial weekly
|Assessment||Examination (70%)|Assignments (30%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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