CSCI 4446/5446 Course materials for Spring 2010:

General information and administrivia
 Problem Set 1 : logistic map. You
can use this
app to check that your solutions are correct. Also, you may wish
to take some time this week to review section 1 of the ODE notes
listed below if your knowledge of differential equations is at all
rusty.
 Problem Set 2 : bifurcation diagrams
and Feigenbaum's constant. Again, you can use this
app to check your solutions. Here is a very short tutorial on the
unix plotting tool gnuplot .
 Problem Set 3 : fractals. Here are
some examples of fractals in the wild (click
here and
here) and in various
computational/mathematical systems.
 Problem Set 4 : RungeKutta and the
driven pendulum equations.

Final Project Guidelines . You can
find tech reports that compile projects from some previous semesters
(2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015) here. Search for the
title "Projects in Chaotic Dynamics..."

Problem Set 5 : adaptive RungeKutta and
the Lorenz and Rossler systems.
The following materials may be useful to you as
you do this problem set:
 Problem Set 6 : Poincare sections.
The netnews posts about numerical dynamics that are listed above (PS5)
may be useful here as well.
 Final Project Details
 Problem Set 7 : variational equation.
See the notes listed below.

Problem Set 8 : embedding.
The following materials may be useful to you as
you do this problem set:
 Problem Set 9 : Lyapunov exponents.
The following materials may be useful to you as
you do this problem set:
 Problem Set 10 : fractal dimension.
Click here for a detailed list of
the assigned reading for this topic
and here for a scan of
some of that reading (pp166191 of Parker & Chua).
 Problem Set 11 : playing with bike
wheels, writing Lagrangians, and starting to explore the twobody
problem for a binary star. This material is covered in the first few
sections of the classical mechanics notes listed below. Click here for a picture defining true
anomaly,
here for an interactive simulator that you can use to explore
orbits, and
here for a wonderful lecture on dynamical toys like tops and
rattlebacks.
 Some hints about
presentations.
 Problem Set 12 : integrating the
twobody equations. See section 4 of the classical mechanics notes
listed below. Here's an interesting
link that Kristine Washburn found about a variant of this problem.
You may also wish to check out the nbody section of Colonna's webpage
(listed below). Here is the "Chaos
Hits Wall Street" article that's on the reading assignment.
 Problem Set 13 : integrating the
threebody equations for a binaryfield star collision. See section
4.2 of the classical mechanics notes listed below. The "visualization
of dynamical systems" page in the "interesting links" list below has
source code for a lovely visualization of this problem.
Liz's videos and written materials:
Some useful and/or interesting links: (caveat emptor!)
 Henri Poincare didn't only play a formative role in the
foundation of the field of nonlinear He came up with the theory
of relativity and wrote down e=mc^2 before Einstein did. Read a bit
about him here.
 The Fyre tool for producing
artwork based on histograms of iterated chaotic functions ,
written by an alumnus of this course.
 Michael Skirpan's
fractal tree generator (= the mother of all solutions to PS3).
 Harold Hausman's
pendulum phase portrait animation .
 CU's
site license for Matlab now covers student computers! Here's a pdf that describes the
download/licensing process.
 The
visualization of dynamical systems page from the the Nonlinear
Dynamics and Time Series Analysis Group at the Max Planck Institute
for the Physics of Complex Systems.
 xkcd's take on chaos
 Video recordings of the lectures from Steve
Strogatz's introductory course on nonlinear dynamics and chaos
 A movie of
coherent structures in bird flight
 Movies of metronomes synchronizing (modernday equivalent of
Huyghens' pendulum clocks): an array of five
and an
array of 32 (!)
 The
PhET project, an interactive simulator that you can use to explore
all sorts of interesting systems. Click on "Play with sims" and go to
"Physics" for the nbody simulator (called "My Solar System").

Modes of a drumhead
 Analog computers for nonlinear dynamical systems: the Antikythera
mechanism and the digital
orrery (built by Liz's advisor)
 "Guide to
Takens' Theorem" paper (heavy going, mathematically, but very
comprehensive).
 Rigid body
dynamics in zero gravity on the international space station.
 Google labs' Julia
Map website, which uses the Google Maps API (!) to render
fractals. The process is explained
here.
 A youtube video about
controlling inverted pendula, both single & double.
 Jim Roberge's fabulous
lectures about control theory (RIP, wonderful mentor).
 An applet that
simulates the Lorenz equations, allowing you to enter initial
conditions with a mouse click.
 A gorgeous youtube video that zooms in on the
Mandelbrot set.
 Another gorgeous video of an
evolving 3D fractal surface.
 A 'chalkmation' youtube video  complete with music  about the
Mandelbrot
set (warning: a bit of foul language at the end).
 The
TISEAN timeseries analysis toolkit. The TISEAN site has binaries
for UNIX & windows. 'brew install tisean' works on Macs if you're a
brew user. Here are some examples of
how to run all of this from MATLAB.
 Chaos in the path of a Roomba
 The
Google Books link to the Strogatz text
 Chaotic music stuff:
 NASA's movie of
Hyperion tumbling
 Remember that wonderful
"powers of ten" video from highschool physics?
 SIAM's dynamics
tutorials, many of which were contributed by grad students in courses
like this one.
 The Myphysicslab site,
which contains Java simulations of various interesting dynamical
systems.
 The Experimental Chaos
Conference. Grad students: I encourage you to submit an abstract
about your project to this conference.
 Wolfram's Mathworld site.
 The
FAQ for sci.nonlinear. A fabulous resource.
 The Santa Fe Institute,
which has a couple of
great educational programs for graduate students (the Complex
Systems Summer School) and undergraduates (called "Research
Experiences for Undergraduates").
 NIST's Guide to
Available Mathematical Software
 The Numerical Recipes webpage
 Some Java
demos developed by Michael Cross, who teaches the CSCI4446equivalent
course at Caltech.
 The Chaos
Hypertextbook
 Helwig Loeffelmann's visualization
of dynamical systems page. The pages above that are interesting,
too.
 Complexity, the flip side of chaos: complex dynamics of a
flock of starlings
 JeanFrancois Colonna's
"virtual spacetime travel" page, which includes lots of stuff
about the Lorenz system, pendula, the nbody problem, etc. Very nice
graphics.
 Some sources of economic and other time series data:
 PhysioNet: public databases
of ECG, neurological and other types of data.
 The MITBIH EKG
database.
 Sea surface temperatures,
pressures, etc. (look under the "data library" link from this page
 the brown computer in the array of "Resources" icons)
 Let me know if you find others so I can post them here.