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Lectures: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am-11am, in Science Center 411.

Lecturer: Paul Bourgade, office hours Wednesday and Friday 11am-12pm, you also can email me (bourgade@math.harvard.edu) to set up an appointment or just drop by (Science Center 341).

Course assistant: Tony Feng (tfeng@college.harvard.edu)

Course description: introduction to dynamical systems theory with a view toward applications. Topics include iterated maps, qualitative study of equilibria and attractors, bifurcation theory, ergodic theory. Applications include convergence speed of algorithms, dynamical systems from evolutionary biology, fractals.

Prerequisites: multivariable calculus. Some familiarity with measure theory is a plus.

Textbooks: Shlomo Sternberg's online lecture notes are the reference for most lectures.

Grading: problem sets (50%), midterm (15%) and a final project (35%).

A tentative schedule for this course is:

Problem sets. The students talks, Science Center, 341.