Applied Mathematics 2046

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Applied Mathematics 2046

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: MAM1043H, MAM1044H and MAM1000W.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    The course consists of four 30-lecture modules. Modules 2OD and 2ND are offered in the first semester and modules 2BP and 2NA in the second semester. The aim of this course is to introduce the student to a selection of fundamental topics in Applied Mathematics. The syllabus covers the
    following topics:
    2NA NUMERICAL ANALYSIS (coded as MAM2053S for Engineering students)
    Solutions to non-linear equations and rates of convergence. Direct and iterative methods for solving linear systems, pivoting strategies, matrix factorization, norms, conditioning. Solutions to initial value problems including higher order ordinary differential equations. Interpolation and approximation theory, splines, discrete and continuous least squares. Numerical differentiation and integration. Error analysis and control.
    First order linear and nonlinear equations; existence and uniqueness of solutions. Linear equations of the n-th order and systems of n linear first order equations. Nonhomogeneous linear equations and systems; variation of parameters; qualitative theory of nonlinear equations; phase plane analysis; externally and parametrically driven oscillators; resonances; application to the theory of nonlinear vibrations. Calculus of variations.
    2BP BOUNDARY-VALUE PROBLEMS (coded as MAM2050S for Engineering students)
    Boundary-value problems, Sturm-Liouville problems, Green's function. Variational calculus, applications to Lagrangean and Hamiltonian mechanics. Diffusion, Laplace's and wave equation. Solution by separation of variables.
    Fixed points, bifurcations, phase portraits. Conservative and reversible systems. Index theory, Poincáre-Bendixson theorem, Liénard systems, relaxation oscillators. Hopf bifurcations, quasiperiodicity and Poincaré maps. Applications to oscillating chemical reactions and Josephson junctions. Chaos on a strange attractor, Lorentz map, logistic map, Hénon map, Lyapunov exponents. Fractals.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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