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PHY460H1
Nonlinear Physics

Official description

The theory of nonlinear dynamical systems with applications to many areas of physics. Topics include stability, bifurcations, chaos, universality, maps, strange attractors and fractals. Geometric, analytical and computational methods will be developed.

Prerequisite
PHY354H1
Co-requisite
n.a.
Exclusion
n.a.
Recommended preparation
n.a.
Textbook
                            ['Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos by Steven H. Strogatz (Perseus Books Group)']
                        
Breadth requirement
BR=5
Distribution requirement
DR=SCI

Additional information

A course on topics in nonlinear physics. Finite dimensional flows, bifurcations, instabilities and relation to phase transitions. Index theory and its use for the classification of topological defects. Chaos, strange attractors, maps and fractals. An introduction to the renormalization group applied to the Feigenbaum sequence and the period-doubling route to turbulence. Examples from nonlinear classical and quantum (few- or many-body) physics, chemistry, biology, and sociology will be given to illustrate the nonlinear phenomena studied. Computer exercises will be used throughout the course.

course title
PHY460H1
session
winter
year of study
4th year
time and location
24L: LEC0101: TR3, Room: MP134, In Person LEC9101: TR3, On line Synchronous 12T: M2 Room: MP134, In Person M2, On line Synchronous At this time, the University has not made a final decision about course delivery for the Winter 2021 term. The Faculty of Arts & Science will be updating Winter term course delivery information based on public health guidelines.
Course URL
http://www.christianweed…
instructor

Delivery Methods

In Person

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Online - Synchronous
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Asynchronous
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