1st. order linear equations (review)
2nd. order const. coeff. equations (review)
1st. order linear systems (const coeffs.)
          fundamental solution, geometry of solutions
           2X2 trace-determinant diagram
stability/structural stability/ generic behavior
higher dimensional systems- stable/unstable subspaces
standard forms for n x n matrices
conserved quantities for linear systems
non-homogeneous equations and systems
1st exam (6/13): up to here

 EXAM 1-solutions

Autonomous systems in R^n : integral curves of vector fields
Autonomous equations: blowup in finite time, non- uniqueness,
qualitative analysis of solutions, vector fields in 1D
Lipschitz and locally Lipschitz functions and vector fields
Picard's theorem: existence by Picard iteration (with proof)
Gronwall's inequality and stability; criteria for infinite-time existence
Geometric analysis of vector fields in R^2: linearization at singular points,
Hartman's theorem. Example: the saddle-node bifurcation
Global behavior: saddle separatrices, basins of attraction, invariant sets
Examples from math. ecology:Lotka-Volterra, predator-prey, competing species
Conserved quantities
2nd exam (6/21): up to here

 EXAM 2-solutions

 Examples from mechanics: motion under a potential, Hamiltonian vector fields
Gradient vector fields. Stability and Liapunov functions
Comparison of Hamiltonian and gradient vector fields
Periodic solutions: examples of limit cycles
Future- and past- limit sets of a solution
Existence/nonexistence of periodic solutions: divergence criterion, index
of a simple closed curve,  singularity criterion, index theorem.
The Poincare'-Bendixson theorem.
van der Pol's equation, Lienard's theorem. Example: Hopf bifurcation
Stability criterion (average of div X along a periodic solution)

Linear systems with time-dependent coefficients: global existence/uniqueness
by Picard iteration (outline of proof)
Example: second-order equations with small nonlinearity and periodic forcing
term- existence of periodic solutions in the non-resonance case, stability criterion
(perturbation result)


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