The primary goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to analyze ODE models of physical, chemical, or biological systems. By the end of this course you will be able to find the steady states of a model described by a system of ODEs and compute their stability.

We will find that this process can become rather involved, even for
relatively simple models, so a secondary goal for this course is for
you to become familiar with some computer tools. The first of these is
the CAS Maple, which is useful for solving for steady states, plotting
vector fields, and solving (analytically and numerically) differential
equations. To investigate asymptotic behavior, we will use the
`xrk` simulation program.

Other secondary goals are for you to work in teams on extended problems and communicate your results. As part of the communication, we will be making use of the WWW for distributing class materials. You will also be strongly encouraged to use the web for communicating with each other, as well as with me.

Thu Oct 24 13:22:09 EDT 1996