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Numerics of Dynamical Systems (MA 3333)

Prof. Dr. Oliver Junge, Dipl.-Math. Alex Schreiber


Dynamical Systems are mathematical models of systems which change their state with time. Typical examples are (certain) ordinary or partial differential equations. A basic question for a such system is of course to compute its temporal evolution, given a particular initial condition, i.e. to simulate the system.

Often, however, one is interested in the targeted computation of particular solutions, e.g. equilibrium points (i.e. states which do not change with time), periodic solutions or connecting orbits. In addition, many models from applications exhibit complicated dynamics. Here, the questions is how one can describe the dynamics of such systems over long time spans and how these descriptions can be reliably approximated numercially. These are questions which are being treated in this lecture, tying in with MA 3082 Nonlinear Dynamics.