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Meiss, James D



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  • James Meiss has published 141 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, studying transport, symmetry, and structure for particles in magnetic fields for fusion devices, and categorizing the topological properties of simplicial complexes approximating the invariant sets and motion of a dynamical system.


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


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  • APPM 3010 - Chaos in Dynamical Systems
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2023
    Introduces undergraduate students to chaotic dynamical systems. Topics include smooth and discrete dynamical systems, bifurcation theory, chaotic attractors, fractals, Lyapunov exponents, synchronization and networks of dynamical systems. Applications to engineering, biology and physics will be discussed.
  • APPM 3310 - Matrix Methods and Applications
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2022
    Introduces linear algebra and matrices with an emphasis on applications, including methods to solve systems of linear algebraic and linear ordinary differential equations. Discusses vector space concepts, decomposition theorems, and eigenvalue problems. Degree credit not granted for this course and MATH 2130 and MATH 2135.
  • APPM 4440 - Undergraduate Applied Analysis 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2022
    Provides a rigorous treatment of topics covered in Calculus 1 and 2. Topics include convergent sequences; continuous functions; differentiable functions; Darboux sums, Riemann sums, and integration; Taylor and power series and sequences of functions.
  • APPM 4450 - Undergraduate Applied Analysis 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2023
    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 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    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 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • APPM 8100 - Seminar in Dynamical Systems
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Introduces advanced topics and research in dynamical systems.


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