Monday, May 19
8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Chair: Robert Borrelli, Harvey Mudd College Ballroom I, II, III - Level B

Teaching Dynamical Systems to Undergraduates

For the past several years, we have offered a two-part course in dynamical systems to lower-level undergraduate students at Boston University. The first course is a dynamical systems oriented version of the sophomore-level differential equations course. In this course, many of the exact methods of solution of ODES have been replaced by more numerical and qualitative techniques. The second course is a sophomore-junior-level course in discrete dynamics. We view this course as a prelude to the standard undergraduate real analysis course. Students are introduced to such topics as abstract metric spaces, dense sets, continuity, etc. in the fairly concrete arena of iteration of real and complex functions. In this presentation, the speaker will discuss some of the issues involved in organizing such courses, including relations with client disciplines.

Robert L. Devaney
Department of Mathematics
Boston University

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