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Nonlinear Dynamics I: Chaos

Two interconnected red swirls.

A projection of the three-dimensional Lorenz attractor. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)


MIT Course Number

12.006J / 18.353J / 2.050J

As Taught In

Fall 2006



Course Features

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the theory and phenomenology of nonlinear dynamics and chaos in dissipative systems. The content is structured to be of general interest to undergraduates in science and engineering.

Archived Versions

Rothman, Daniel. 12.006J Nonlinear Dynamics I: Chaos, Fall 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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