This unit is taught in year three of the Engineering Mathematics programme, and is also taken as an option by many other students from the Faculties of Engineering and Science. Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos is consistently rated as one of the most popular units in the faculty.
This unit is about chaotic behaviour in seemingly quite simple systems. Chaotic motion is often considered a bad thing in engineering because it can lead to catastrophic failure, for example in the famous collapse of the Tacoma Narrows bridge. On the other hand, chaos is desirable in a wide variety of situations, such as mixing processes in the food, pharmaceutical and process industries, or for the rapid suppression of heart attacks.
The unit will teach you the basic concepts and methods to find, understand and appreciate complicated behaviour in engineering systems.
It is the route to problem solving that turns abstract ideas into real applications.
Krasi Tsaneva-Atanasova Lecturer in Mathematics