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Dynamical Systems and Chaos KYA314


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
Unit code KYA314
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Teaching staff

Prof L Forbes

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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(KYA211 and KYA212 and KMA252) or (KYA375 and KME271) or (KMA252 and KMA254)


Teaching Pattern

3 lectures, 1 tutorial weekly


3-hr end-of-sem exam (80%), assignments (20%)

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