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All readings are from Blanchard, Devaney, and Hall, unless otherwise noted.
Class  Date  Reading  Comments 
1  Monday, April 2  

2  Thursday, April 5  Section 1.1. Section 1.2, only up to p. 27.  In class, I'd like to first go over the logistic model,
pp. 810. If you have questions on the material before p. 8, be
ready to ask questions on them. If there aren't questions, we'll
begin with the logistic model. This model is important; it will
come up again and again. We'll then spend a while discussing
predatorprey systems, pp. 1112. Section 1.2 is more technical and, perhaps, less interesting than 1.1. Try to keep sight of the forest. Don't get lost in the trees of all the algebraic stuff. 
3  Monday, April 9  Finish section 1.2. Feel free to skip the "Savings Model" section. Read all of 1.3, but skip the RC Circuit section, pp. 4345.  The sections we're skipping aren't difficult, but cover applications that I suspect will be of little interest or relevance to many of you. 
4  Thursday, April 12  Section 1.4. Skip "A Nonautonomous Example" and "An RC Circuit
with Periodic Input". Section 1.5. All. 
Section 1.4 is, I think, straightforward and perhaps a little
tedious. The key thing is to understand what Euler's method is and
how it works. We'll then do an example in class, and talk some
about when and when not to trust numerical work. I expect to spend the bulk of classtime discussing and pondering Section 1.5. This might be difficult reading; it's the most theoretical stuff we've done so far, and thus has a different flavor than the previous readings. Give it a try, but if it doesn't make perfect sense, don't panic. 
5  Monday, April 16  Sections 1.6  
6  Thursday, April 19  Sections 1.7  
7  Monday, April 23  Sections 1.8, 2.1  Feel free to skip "Mixing Problems Revisited", pp 112115. I don't think we'll discuss this in class. (There may be a homework problem on it, however.) 
8  Thursday, April 26  Section 2.2  
9  Monday, April 30  Section 2.3  
10  Thursday, May 3  No Reading  
11  Monday, May 7  Presentations  
11.5  Monday, May 7  Presentations 4:00  5:30  
12  Thursday, May 10  Section 3.1, up to p.218  
13  Monday, May 14  Finish Section 3.1  Skim p. 223 
14  Thursday, May 17  Section 3.2  
15  Monday, May 21  Section 3.3  
16  Thursday, May 14  Section 3.4  
17  Monday, May 28  Section 3.5  
18  Thursday, May 31  No reading  
19  Monday, June 4  Final Presentations  
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