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MA660A: Dynamical Systems (Fall 2017)

Calendar Description

This course studies the qualitative and quantitative theory of dynamical systems. Topics include: extensions of Picard's theorems; stability properties of continuous-time systems and discrete time iterative maps; linearization; Lyapunov direct method; centre manifold; and bifurcation. Other topics may include: delay/feedback equations; limit cycles, strange attractors and deterministic chaos. Applications to neural networks and complex ecosystems are examined.


Professor Cristina Stoica (PhD)
Office location: LH3044 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 11 a.m. - noon, or by appointment.
Email: cstoica@wlu.ca
Telephone: x2011


Monday and Wednesday 1 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. in LH3053 (Lazaridis Hall)


James D. Meiss (2007). Differential Dynamical Systems, SIAM, Mathematical Modeling and Computation Series 14. ISBN 978-0-898716-35-1.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA660 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • Assignments: 30%
  • Participation: 20%
  • Final Exam (exact date, time and location to be announced): 40%

The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA660 and is provided for the convenience of students.