**Marc Spiegelman, LDEO**

**September 22, 1997
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- Recognize a dynamical system when you see one.
- Visualize the behavior of the entire system with just a few tricks
- Solve specific instances using STELLA
- Understand a systems fixed points and stability
- Be happy in phase space
- Get a taste of real Chaos

This module contains three labs of increasing complexity that try to highlight the important concepts of non-linear systems while developing enough basic tools to be useful. However, these labs are only a brief introduction to a rich and extensive subject. For a beautiful but qualitative overview of the subject see Gleick [1]. Then read Strogatz [2] for an excellent introduction to the quantitative guts of the business.

Postscript or PDF versions of Tutorial are here

- Introduction: So what's a dynamical system anyway?
- Lab 1: Simple Systems
- Lab 2: Life on the Phase Plane
- Lab 3: Onward to Chaos...The Lorenz equations
- Summary and Conclusions
- References
- About this document ...

Mon Sep 22 21:30:22 EDT 1997