Name: Xian Bin W
Engineering Major: Chemical Engineering
Module Code: GET1015
Type of Module: General
Year/Semester of taking module: AY16/17 Sem 1
Difficulty Level: 1
Exam and Assessment Format: Class Participation: 10% (1 Individual presentation on any relevant topic within the field of Chaos)
4 short quizzes: 40% (20 min, open book)
Final Exam: 50% (2 hours, open book)
Comments on Lecturers and Tutors: Lecturers and tutors are enthusiastic. 2 lectures per week (no webcast!), the first lecture covers lecture content whilst individual presentations (for class participation marks) are conducted in the second lecture of every week. Graded short quizzes on alternate weeks during lectures. Tutorials on alternate weeks with minimal question workload.
Comments about Module: This was the first run of this module since 2013 with a new professor. Although this module requires an appreciation of mathematical concepts such as differential equations, stability analysis, equilibria and complex numbers, an equal emphasis is placed on the qualitative and philosophical aspects in the field of Chaos. Students with a relatively good mathematical background or who are already familiar with these topics would find this module comparatively easy amongst other GET modules. Very relaxing workload with minimal assignments required (no readings apart from lecture notes).
Key Concepts: (1) Philosophical viewpoints on determinism, (2) Basic concepts of chaotic systems, (3) Stability Analysis, (4) Logistic Map, (5) Higher-dimensional ODE systems (e.g. Lorenz Equations & Butterfly Effect), (6) Complex number maps & Fractals, (7) Complexity
Recommended Textbook (if applicable): "Chaos and Fractals: An Elementary Introduction" by David Feldman
Workload/Preparation Time Required: Less than half an hour hour per week
What do you like or dislike about this module?: Likes: Minimal workload and relatively straightforward content with basic mathematical knowledge. Liberal-arts styled approach to teaching.
Dislikes: Lectures can be draggy with weekly recaps of past lecture content, but this might be useful for students without a mathematical background.