Catastrophes and its Mathematical Background Creative Commons, Attribution + Noncommercial (BY-NC)
Authors: Ivan Zelinka
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Despite the fact that the catastrophe theory seems to be very theoretical branch of research and that it will be difficult to understand which role the math plays in this area, the lecture is focused on the demonstrations of the catastrophe theory in the real life. The catastrophe theory deals with the study and classification of phenomena which is characterized by the sudden changes in behaviour which arise from small changes in circumstances. In the lecture, students will be familiarize with the terms as the butterfly catastrophe, bifurcation, critical points, sensitivity to the initial conditions etc. They will see how the selected catastrophes can be described mathematically and how this theory relates with other areas of our lives.
Technical requirements
  computer, dataprojector

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  60 min
Number of staff
Science Discipline
Education Level
12-18 years

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