- Code PHYS8303
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Physics Education Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Theoretical Physics
This course is intended for the advanced study of the theory of nonlinear dynamics and its application. The course covers theory of bifurcations, deterministic chaos, and complex spatio-temporal behaviour in a diverse range of physical systems. The theory is developed in a systematic manner and incorporates analytical methods, qualitative and quantitative analysis, numerical calculations, and various “real-life” examples, ranging from mechanical and biological systems to semiconductor physics and optics. The course therefore has a distinct inter- and intra-disciplinary flavour, allowing the students to tie together and contextualise a number of concepts that they have learned throughout their undergraduate studies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Effectively use a range of theoretical methods for analyzing nonlinear dynamics;
- Employ a combination of analytical, geometrical, and numerical approaches for studying nonlinear effects;
- Identify the characteristic aspects of nonlinear oscillations and synchronization phenomena;
- Describe complex nonlinear dynamics by employing the universal principles of nonlinear bifurcations and routes to chaos;
- Understand the properties of nonlinear waves and localization;
- Develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and apply these to a diverse range of practical multi-disciplinary nonlinear problems, spanning from mechanics to optics and solid-state physics;
- Understand and communicate the fundamental concepts covered in the course
- Two Problem Sets (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Two Assignments (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
- Exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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2x1h lecture per week + 1x1.5h tutorial per week + homework (total up to 10 hours per week)
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
S.H. Strogatz, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos (E-book from ANU library)
24 units of university advanced level physics. 24 units of university level mathematics for physicists and engineers.
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