### Syllabus

Lecture Time: MWF 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Classroom: Vincent Hall 211

Instructor:
Duane Nykamp

Office: 202 Vincent Hall

E-mail: nykamp@math.umn.edu

Phone: 625-0338

Office hours: MWF 1:25 PM - 2:25 PM or by appointment

**Textbook:** *An Introduction to Dynamical Systems: Continuous and Discrete* by
R. Clark Robinson.

**Description:** The course will begin with the second
part of the textbook, focusing on the iteration of one-dimensional
maps (Chapters 9-11) and including topics such as fixed points,
periodic points, stability, bifurcations, and chaos. Then, as time
permits, we will sample topics from higher dimensional maps or continuous dynamical systems.

**Prerequisites:** Linear algebra and differential
equations (Math 2243, 2373 or 2573) and multivariable calculus (Math
2263, 2374 or 2574).

**Grading scheme:**

- Homework assignments 25%
- Two midterm exams, 20% each
- Final exam 35%.

**Homework:** Homework problems will be assigned most
weeks. They are due one week after assignment. Homework assignments will
be posted here.

**Midterms and Final:**

- Midterm 1: Monday, October 19
- Midterm 2: TBD
- Final Exam: 1:30pm-3:30pm Wednesday, December 23

**Grading Standards and Student Conduct:**
Students are expected to be familiar with University of Minnesota
policies on
grading
standards and
student
conduct, including the consequences for students who violate
standards of academic honesty.