Nonlinear Dynamics and Waves OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Online Course on Nonlinear Vibrations and Waves

Published Jan 06, 2009

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers a graduate-level OpenCourseWare class titled 'Nonlinear Dynamics and Waves.' This free course is a comprehensive study of nonlinear wave and oscillation events. The course information pertains to engineering and science disciplines; some previous MATLAB experience is encouraged.

Nonlinear Dynamics and Waves: Course Specifics

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Nonlinear Dynamics and Waves: Course Description

While linear systems deal with conditions that have an output more or less equaling the input, nonlinear systems deal with systems that operate in an inconsistent way. One example of a linear system involves deflection of a beam having a given weight. By adding known weights, the beam deflects a predictable amount. An example of a nonlinear system is the weather, where outcomes are often not so predictable for given inputs. Nonlinear dynamics is an important study for many fields of engineering and science, because the natural world does not behave a linear way. Important nonlinear phenomena exist in electricity, optics, mechanics, physics and many other fields. This course helps students understand nonlinear phenomena by studying synchronization, bifurcation, resonance, continuous systems, nonlinear forced vibrations and propagation of nonlinear pulses, among other topics. Professor Triantaphyllos Akylas teaches the course, with lectures meeting twice a week.

This OpenCourseWare includes five sets of homework assignments, a mid-term exam and a general list of references. This course does not have a required textbook. If you're interested in taking this course free, visit the nonlinear dynamics course page.

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