An applied mathematics elective.
Nonlinear dynamics is an interdisciplinary area where systems of ordinary differential equations and time discrete maps are used as models for a wide range of time varying phenomena — predator-prey dynamics, population growth, planetary orbits, climate patterns, neuronal activity to name a few.
Topics like chaos theory, fractal geometry, bifurcations are found to be extremely stimulating and fascinating across the board. This course is interesting for its range of applicability, and is useful as it helps develop a systems level thinking while analysing complex phenomena. Using computational and graphical tools, meaningful solutions are constructed and visualised for problems which cannot be otherwise solved analytically.