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Dynamical systems – general
Introduction to Part I
Astrophysical examples
2.1 Stellar population dynamics
2.2 One-zone model of a nonlinear stellar pulsator
2.3 Stellar orbits in a model galactic potential
2.4 One-element model of thermal convection
2.5 Patterns in a thermally unstable medium
Mathematical properties of dynamical systems
3.1 Local geometrical properties
3.2 Global attributes of dynamical systems
3.3 Elements of bifurcation theory
3.4 Dynamical systems near marginality
3.5 Fractal sets and dimensions
Properties of chaotic dynamics
4.1 Strange attractors
4.2 Sensitivity to initial conditions
4.3 Fractal properties of chaotic motion
4.4 Transition to chaos
4.5 Bifurcations of homoclinic and heteroclinic orbits
4.6 Theoretical predictive criteria of chaos
Analysis of time series
5.1 Time histories and Fourier spectra
5.2 The pseudo-state space and embedding
5.3 The embedding dimension and the time delay
Regular and irregular motion in Hamiltonian systems
6.1 Properties of Hamiltonian systems
6.2 Integrable systems
6.3 Nearly integrable systems and the KAM theorem
6.4 Chaos in Hamiltonian systems
Extended systems – instabilities and patterns
7.1 Linear instabilities
7.2 General qualitative properties of pattern-forming systems
7.3 Amplitude and envelope equations
7.4 Phase equations and coherent structures
7.5 Defects and spatio-temporal complexity in 1D systems
7.6 Defects in multidimensional systems
7.7 Coupled map lattices
Introduction to Part II
Planetary, stellar and galactic dynamics
9.1 The n-body problem – a historical note
9.2 Chaotic dynamics in the Solar System
9.3 Chaos and the evolution of tidal-capture binaries
9.4 The role of chaos in stellar and galactic dynamics
Irregularly variable astronomical point sources
10.1 Observed aperiodic astronomical signals
10.2 Nonlinear stellar pulsators – some specific models
10.3 A dynamical-system approach to stellar pulsation
11.1 Spatial structures in the interstellar medium
11.2 The large-scale structure of the Universe
Topics in astrophysical fluid dynamics
12.1 Basic concepts and equations
12.2 Special flows and their properties
12.3 Hydrodynamical stability
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