Applied Nonlinear Dynamics (etit-614)

Angewandte nichtlineare Dynamik / Applied Nonlinear Dynamics

See  UnivIS (lecture ID 080152) and UnivIS (lecture ID 080184)

V-UE; 3 SWS; ECTS-Points: 4

Lecturer: Dr. Alexander Schaum



The course gives an introduction to the qualitative analysis of nonlinear differential and difference equations, in particular on bifurcations in one, two and higher-dimensional nonlinear systems. The lecture addresses the following topics:
  • Linear and nonlinear dynamical systems
  • Qualitative behavior of vector fields
  • Local and non-local bifurcations
  • Introduction to discrete-time nonlinear systems
  • Introduction to chaotic systems
  • Aspects of nonlinear dynamics in control systems design


Important information for summer term 2021



Course material (lecture notes and exercises) will be provided during the course after the start of the semester.

The exercises will be accompanied by simulation and numerical evaluation tasks using open-source software like Maxima, Octave and Python.

Computer-Algebra-System Maxima


        Note that you will need to install the odepkg and when needed load it using:     pkg load odepkg




[1] S. Strogatz: Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: with applications to physics, biology, chemistry, and engineering, Perseus Books
[2] L. Perko: Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems, Springer
[3] J. Hale, H. Kocak: Dynamics and Bifurcations, Springer
[4] S. Lynch: Dynamical Systems with Applications using Mathematica, Birkhäuser
[5] R. Abraham: C. Shaw: Dynamics: The Geometry of Behavior, Addison-Wesley
[6] S. Wiggins: Introduction to Applied Nonlinear Systems and Chaos, Springer
[7] S. Sastry: Nonlinear Systems: Analysis, Stability, and Control, Springer.