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BEN ISRAELI, Phd student in plasma physics
Major: Not available. College/Employer: Not available. Year of Graduation: G 

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Not Available. Past Classes(Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)M414: Catastrophe Theory  The Mathematics of Sudden Change in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30  31, 2020)
The mathematical models we use to understand the world  in physics, economics, ecology, etc  tend to use continuous, smoothly changing functions and variables. This raises a problem: Discontinuous changes are common. Bridges collapse, markets crash, memes go viral. Catastrophe theory attempts to understand these phenomena by studying deep parallels between them.
In this course, we will get a taste for this topic by looking at simple examples. We will see how the magnetization of a piece of iron and the formation of a traffic jam actually have the same mathematical underpinnings, and if time permits, we will consider more generally stability and instability in dynamical systems.
