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Meiss, James D Professor

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  • James Meiss has published 122 refereed articles and four books. His research is on Hamiltonian, symplectic and volume preserving dynamics, the transition to chaos, the theory of transport, and computational topology. Problems studied include the break-up of invariant tori in conservative systems, the structure of tangles in stable and unstable manifolds, transport in a dynamical system through a complex mixture of regular and chaotic regions, quantifying and optimizing mixing in laminar, time-dependent fluids, and categorizing the topological properties of simplicial complexes approximating the invariant sets and motion of a dynamical system.

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  • dynamical systems, Hamiltonian and Volume preserving dynamics, transition to chaos, transport and mixing, piecewise smooth dynamics and bifurcations, nonautonomous dynamics, computational topology

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  • APPM 4450 - Undergraduate Applied Analysis 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Continuation of APPM 4440. Study of multidimensional analysis including n-dimensional Euclidean space, continuity and uniform continuity of functions of several variables, differentiation, linear and nonlinear approximation, inverse function and implicit function theorems, and a short introduction to metric spaces.
  • APPM 5460 - Methods in Applied Mathematics: Dynamical Systems and Differential Equations
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Introduces the theory and applications of dynamical systems through solutions to differential equations. Covers existence and uniqueness theory, local stability properties, qualitative analysis, global phase portraits, perturbation theory and bifurcation theory. Special topics may include Melnikov methods, averaging methods, bifurcations to chaos and Hamiltonian systems. Department enforced prerequisites: APPM 2360 and APPM 3310 and APPM 4440.
  • APPM 8100 - Seminar in Dynamical Systems
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Introduces advanced topics and research in dynamical systems.

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