2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
MATH2391 Nonlinear Differential Equations
10 creditsClass Size: 170
Module manager: Professor Allan Fordy
Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualifications(MATH1010 and MATH1012) or (MATH1400 and MATH1060) or (MATH1400 and MATH1331) or (PHYS1300 and MATH1060), or equivalent.
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryNonlinear systems occur widely in the real world, and may produce oscillations or even wild chaotic fluctuations even when influenced by a constant external force.This course provides a first introduction to the mathematics behind such behaviour.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) sketch phase plane portraits of second-order linear and nonlinear ODEs;
b) sketch bifurcation diagrams and identify bifurcation points;
c) determine the stability of equilibrium points using a variety of methods;
d) determine the exsistence or otherwise of periodic orbits in second order autonomous nonlinear ODEs using Dulac's criterion, Lyapunov functions and the Poincare-Bendixson Theorem.
1. Existence and uniqueness of ordinary differential equations. Examples of finite time blow-up abd non-uniqueness of solutions.
2. First order nonlinear ODEs. Stability of equilibrium solutions. Interpretation of the nonlinear ODE as a vector field.
3. Bifurcation theory for first order nonlinear ODEs: the saddle-node, transcritical and pitchfork bifurcations. Discussion of structural stability.
4. Second order nonlinear ODEs. Phase portraits. Construction of the exponential matrix, including Jordan canonical form for 2 x 2 matrices.
5. Second order nonlinear ODEs. Equilibrium solutions and linear stability theory. Using MAPLE to assist drawing phase portraits.
6. Elementary theory of periodic orbits. Dulac's criterion, Lyapunov functions, Poincare index theory, Poincare-Bendixson Theorem.
7. Bifurcations in second order nonlinear ODEs: the Hopf bifurcation. Only treated as a statement. without proof or extended study.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||68.00|
|Total Contact hours||32.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyRegular examples sheets
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackRegular problem solving assignments
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||15.00|
There is no resit available for the coursework component of this module. If the module is failed, the coursework mark will be carried forward and added to the resit exam mark with the same weighting as listed above.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr 00 mins||85.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||85.00|
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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