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SYST 201


Discrete Dynamic Systems Modeling


John Shortle
Systems Engineering and Operations Research
George Mason University

An important problem in engineering is to predict the behavior of systems that change in time. Such systems are called dynamical systems. This course introduces students to a set of mathematical methods used to model dynamical systems. In particular, students will learn to:

Students will use engineering mathematics as well as computers to simulate the behavior of dynamical systems and make predictions about the systems. This course focuses on discrete dynamical models in which time is viewed as a sequence of steps.


Prerequisite: MATH 114

Instructor: John Shortle, jshortle@gmu.edu, 703-993-3571, Sci & Tech II, rm 313
Office Hours: Fall 2004, Tu 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm, Th 9:15 am - 10:15 am

Textbook: J. Sandefur, Discrete Dynamical Modeling, Oxford University Press, 1993.

Teaching Assistant: Kevin Hindrik, khindrik@gmu.edu
Office Hours: Mon 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Central Module, rm 17

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