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Dec 31 2004

CHAOS, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
  

PHYS 7224   Spring semester 2005 
Course schedule
www.cns.gatech.edu/~predrag/courses/PHYS-7224-05/syllabus.html
Course description
www.cns.gatech.edu/~predrag/courses/PHYS-7224-05/post.html
Course participants
emails list - homework teams
Project descriptions
ChaosBook.org/projects
Related courses, software
ChaosBook.org/courses/OtherCourses.html
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Questions
How is the course graded?  Dog ate my homework?  Updating my project?  I already took PHYS-7224?  How much programming needed?  Should I submit my code along with the computational exercises?  How much prior stat mech exposure?

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e-TEXTBOOK: Chaos: Classical and Quantum, ChaosBook.org
All chapter and exercise numbers refer to the version 11 of this book, unless stated otherwise. This sequence is the last (?) prepublication test run of the web e-textbook. Your active participation in improving the book is very much encouraged.

PLACE AND TIMES:
Howey S104, TR 09:35-10:55

PREREQUISITES: A basic background in calculus, ordinary differential equations, classical, quantum and statistical mechanics. Weekly homework assignments require both analytic and numerical work, so familiarity with a programming language is a necessity.

TEACHING METHOD: Two lectures and a homework problem set per week.

EVALUATION METHOD: Weekly homework assignments and a term project individually tailored to student's level and research interests. For inspiration, consult ChaosBook.org/projects. Grades will be determined from the homework (60%) and the term project (40%) which takes the place of a final exam.

PROBLEM SETS: Please deliver solutions to problem sets by Thursday, at the lecture, or place them in Predrag's mailbox.

TEACHING ASSISTANT: Rytis Paskauskas, gte203x at prism.gatech.edu, Howey W503, Phone: 404/384-9407

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