Nonlinear Dynamical Systems (Phys 417)

This course  introduces modern geometrical methods for the analysis of dynamical systems. The course, which is computer intensive, is unique in comprising a laboratory component which allows one to examine and analyze real systems. The development of this course has been funded by the NSF under a CCD grant.

To see the presentation at the Gordon Conference 2010 on Physics Education & Research click here.

To see the paper published in American Journal of Physics about the course and/or the invited presentation  at  Gordon Conference(2004) and AAPT meetings  click here.

This course:


1 year of Calculus AND a 300 level course in your own major, OR differential equations.


Lectures:  conducted in a room equipped with computers.

Laboratory: Involves computer interfaced data acquisition and data analysis using Matlab
as well as computer simulations. (See the Experiments link below for more detailed information) 

Textbook: "Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos ", by S.H. Strogatz, Addison Wesley, 1994.

There will be scheduled experiments for the first seven weeks and the students will be working on a self selected project for the last three weeks.

List of faculty involved in the development

Click here for the group picture

Other interesting sites

  • Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at UT Austin
  • Chaos at Cornell