Differential Equations, Dynamical Systems, and an Introduction to Chaos, Volume 60

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Academic Press, 2004 - Mathematics - 417 pages
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Thirty years in the making, this revised text by three of the world's leading mathematicians covers the dynamical aspects of ordinary differential equations. it explores the relations between dynamical systems and certain fields outside pure mathematics, and has become the standard textbook for graduate courses in this area. The Second Edition now brings students to the brink of contemporary research, starting from a background that includes only calculus and elementary linear algebra.

The authors are tops in the field of advanced mathematics, including Steve Smale who is a recipient of the Field's Medal for his work in dynamical systems.

* Developed by award-winning researchers and authors
* Provides a rigorous yet accessible introduction to differential equations and dynamical systems
* Includes bifurcation theory throughout
* Contains numerous explorations for students to embark upon

* New contemporary material and updated applications
* Revisions throughout the text, including simplification of many theorem hypotheses
* Many new figures and illustrations
* Simplified treatment of linear algebra
* Detailed discussion of the chaotic behavior in the Lorenz attractor, the Shil'nikov systems, and the double scroll attractor
* Increased coverage of discrete dynamical systems

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Chapter 1 FirstOrder Equations
Chapter 2 Planar Linear Systems
Chapter 3 Phase Portraits for Planar Systems
Chapter 4 Classification of Planar Systems
Chapter 5 Higher Dimensional Linear Algebra
Chapter 6 Higher Dimensional Linear Systems
Chapter 7 Nonlinear Systems
Chapter 8 Equilibria in Nonlinear Systems
Chapter 11 Applications in Biology
Chapter 12 Applications in Circuit Theory
Chapter 13 Applications in Mechanics
Chapter 14 The Lorenz System
Chapter 15 Discrete Dynamical Systems
Chapter 16 Homoclinic Phenomena
Chapter 17 Existence and Uniqueness Revisited

Chapter 9 Global Nonlinear Techniques
Chapter 10 Closed Orbits and Limit Sets

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About the author (2004)

Robert L. Devaney is Professor of Mathematics at Boston University. Robert was raised in Methuen, Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross College and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at Boston University since 1980. His main area of research is complex dynamical systems, and he has lectured extensively throughout the world on this topic. In 1996 he received the National Excellence in Teaching Award from the Mathematical Association of America. When he gets sick of arguing with his coauthors over which topics to include in the differential equations course, he either turns up the volume of his opera CDs, or heads for waters off New England for a long distance sail.

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