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Introduction to Dynamical Systems

  • Yuri A. Kuznetsov
Part of the Applied Mathematical Sciences book series (AMS, volume 112)

Abstract

This chapter introduces some basic terminology. First, we define a dynamical system and give several examples, including symbolic dynamics. Then we introduce the notions of orbits, invariant sets, and their stability. As we shall see while analyzing the Smale horseshoe, invariant sets can have very complex structures. This is closely related to the fact discovered in the 1960s that rather simple dynamical systems may behave “randomly,” or “chaotically.” Finally, we discuss how differential equations can define dynamical systems in both finite- and infinite-dimensional spaces.

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State Space Phase Portrait Evolution Operator Monodromy Matrix Vertical Strip 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuri A. Kuznetsov
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute of Mathematical Problems of BiologyRussian Academy of SciencesPushchino, Moscow RegionRussia

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