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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:

- Identify real world problems that can be modeled as dynamical systems.
- Take such systems and translate them into mathematical models.
- Predict the bahavior of such systems using mathematical analysis and
computation.

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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