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16:640:515 - Ordinary Differential Equations

Konstantin Mischaikow


Ordinary Differential Equations: A Constructive Approach by J.-B. van den Berg, M. Gameiro, J.-P. Lessard, J. Mireles-James, and K. Mischaikow.


An undergraduate course on ordinary differential equations, linear algebra, advanced calculus and undergraduate analysis.


This is an introduction to the theory of ordinary differential equations.
We will cover the classical results: existence and uniqueness theorems; linear theory including Floquet theory and elementary bifurcations; stable and unstable manifolds; boundary value problems; and anintroduction to chaotic dynamics.
The novelty of the course is that the proofs will be presented in a manner which allows one to apply the results to specific systems of ODEs and obtain rigorous computer verification of the theorems.
This is not numerical analysis course, however, we will use Julia and Matlab to demonstrate these new techniques and to explore the dynamics of explicit nonlinear systems.
For a more detailed overview of the philosophy of the course (we will only consider ODEs as opposed to PDEs and FDEs) see
and the description of the AMS short course delivered at the National Meeting January 2015
To have a sense of the cutting edge work see


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