Spring Semester 2018

Differential Equations I/II


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Differential Equations is an topic which links pure mathematics with applications in physics, biology, electrical engineering, and others. The course will furnish a systematic introduction to ordinary differential equations in one and several variables, focusing more on qualitative aspects of solutions than on explicit solution formulas in those few cases where such exist. It will be shown how simple differential equations can lead to complicated and interesting, often "chaotic" dynamical behavior, and that such arise naturally in the "real world".

In the first part of the semester, we will discuss general existence and uniqueness results, the phase space for autonomous equations, critical points, periodic solutions, stability theory, nonautonomous linear equations, and bifurcations. In the second part of the semester, we will look at perturbation theory including multiple scales analysis, averaging, relaxation oscillations, and the theory of slow manifolds. Time allowing, the semester will conclude with an introduction to Hamiltonian dynamics and KAM theory.

Contact Information:
Instructor:Marcel Oliver
Office hours:  Tu 11:00, We 10:00 in Research I, 107

Time and Place:
Lectures:  Tu 15:45-17:00, Th 14:15-15:30 in West Hall 8

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Class Schedule (subject to change!)

Feb. 1., 2018: Introduction, contraction mapping theorem, Picard-Lindelöf theorem
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Apr. 3., 2018: Midterm review
Apr. 5., 2018: Midterm Exam
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May 15, 2018: Final exam review
TBA: Final Exam, Room TBA

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