But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous. —Gibbon


  • Nonlinear dynamics 2: Chaos rules course consists of 8 weeks of ChaosBook reading, video lectures, homeworks, and forum discussions. We will be very happy if you join us online starting 3 March 2015, or at any later date.
  • This course is also a "hands-on" course in Python high-level scientific computing.
  • Many of the homework assignments require computer programming. While you are free to use any computational tool that you are comfortable with, we are going to provide you Python script templates for computational assignments. Read the comments in Python script even if you are writing your own code - they complement the exercise text.
  • We urge you to form a collaborative team on piazza and discuss the course and homework with your teammates (but not share or post the answers to homeworks).
  • Your course grade will be based on your performance in 7 online homeworks. There will be no exams in this course.
  • Homeworks will be released no later than the Tuesday of a given week, and will be due latest 18:00 UTC time, on the Tuesday two weeks after the release date (but before the hard deadline).
  • You are expected to complete the first 7 homeworks. HW16 earns you bonus points; so even if you miss out on - let's say HW14- you still can get a nice total score for the course :)
  • The hard deadline (see Late Submission Policy below) is 18:00 UTC time, 28 April 21, 2015

Course grade

will be calculated from your performance in the homeworks:
  • Each homework will contribute equally to the final score.
  • You may attempt each homework up to 3 times, depending, until the hard deadline. The maximum score from your attempts will be your score for the homework. Here is an example of the grade you get if your homework submission was successful (alert us on piazza about possible bugs)
  • Your final course grade will be the average of all your homework scores.

Lecture quiz questions

  • We might embed some quiz questions within the lecture videos to help you better understand the concepts introduced in the lectures.
  • You can choose to answer or skip these questions; your performance on these questions will have no effect on your course grade.

Late submissions

  • Homework submissions after the due date but before the hard deadline (18:00 UTC time, 28 April 2015) are graded with a 25% late submission penalty.

Statement of Accomplishment

  • If your final course grade is > 60% of the maximum possible course grade, we can prepare for you an instructor-signed course completion certificate.

So, while you are expected to work hard, it will all be for the love of learning. Give it a go, use the forums to collaborate with other students, and good luck!