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PX391 - Nonlinearity, Chaos and Complexity

  • Module code: PX391
  • Module name: Nonlinearity, Chaos and Complexity
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 7.5

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To introduce non-linearity and its treatment in scientific modelling.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of this module you should: Be able to obtain basic qualitative features of the solutions of first and second order non-linear ordinary differential equations; Be aware that simple, but non-linear, equations can describe complicated (chaotic) behaviour and know how to analyse this behaviour; Be familiar with the concepts for emergent behaviour in complex systems. (computer algorithms).

Timetabled teaching activities

15 Lectures

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: PX391-7.5)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc) (F300) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Physics (with Intercalated Year) (F301) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 3