[MOSAIC-news] Project MOSAIC M-CAST on Friday: Eric Marland on Animating Bifurcations

Daniel Kaplan kaplan at macalester.edu
Thu Aug 26 13:25:27 CDT 2010


Join us for tomorrow's Project MOSAIC M-CAST on the internet.  Instructions
for connecting to the M-CAST<http://www.mosaic-web.org/MCAST/instructions.html>
.August 27: Eric Marland, *Animating
Bifurcations</wiki/mosaic/index.php?title=Animating_Bifurcations&action=edit&redlink=1>
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Time: Noon CDT (1:00 Eastern, 10:00 Pacific)

Abstract: A project for an introductory course in differential equations
using Maple. Students learn how to create animations, then investigate
bifurcations by creating animations of the phase plane. Not only do the
students become more adept with the software, but they begin to understand,
by actually "seeing", the difference between quantitative and qualitative
changes to the solution to a differential equation.

I will explain the project, share several options for coding, and share some
of the students' work. One group even set their animation to music!
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