Physics  Geology 30
Fractals, Chaos and Complexity
Winter Quarter, 2018
John Rundle Professor of Physics and Geology
At Left: A Map of the Internet
(http://www.caida.org)

Please note that homework
can be turned into Professor Rundle either in class, or at his office in
2131 Geology 

Note: The material in the book by Schoeder is more advanced, and is provided The material in the book by Feldman covers many of the same topics but is optional. Web Site That May be Used for Some Course Material 

Week 
Topic 
Reading Assignment Chapter/Section 
Homework/Lab Assignment 
Homework Due Date 
1 January 8 
Introduction  Exploring Fractals and Chaos 
Peak & Frame Chapter 1, pg 517
Schroeder Chapter 1, 125 Parkfield Earthquake Prediction Jennifer Dunne on Interactions Duncan Watts on Common Sense and Complex Systems 
Explore Frame Web Site Frame Web Site: 1  1D Homework: Write a paragraph about your previous experience with fractals and chaos 
Friday January 12

2 January 15 
Fractals  Fractal Generators & Iterated Function Sets Intro to Probability 
Peak & Frame Chapter 1, pg 1840 Schroeder Chapter 1, 2549 Optional: Feldman Chapters 1415 
Problems 1  Wednesday Jan 24 
3 January 22  Fractals  Cont. Fractal Dimensions 
Peak & Frame Chapter 2, All Begin Chapter 3 Chapter 9 Optional: Feldman Chapter 17 

4 January 29 
Fractals, Power Laws, Introduction to Chaos

Peak & Frame Chapter 3, All Begin Chapter 4
Schroeder Chapter 3 Chapter 10, 211225 Optional: Feldman Chapter 18 Synchronization of Metronomes 
Problems 2  Wednesday Feb 7 
5 February 5 
Chaos
Iterated Maps

Peak and Frame Chapter 4, 5
Schroeder Chapter 12 pp 268286 pp 89294 Optional: Feldman Chapters 17 NY Times Article: 
Problems 3  Wednesday Feb 14 
6 February 12 
Complex Fractals Mandelbrot Set
Fractal Boundaries Newton's Method

Peak and Frame Chapter 7 Schroeder Chapter 11, 237245 Chapter 12, 295299Optional: Feldman Chapters 2022 
+ 1paragraph description of project  see syllabus for some examples of possible projects 
Friday Feb 23 Homework: 
7 February 19 

Peak and Frame Schroeder Chapter 17, 371386 Optional: Feldman Chapters 2325

Problems 5 
Friday March 2 
8 February 26 
Neural Networks

Schroeder Optional: Feldman Dan Shiffman on Nature of Code Brittany Wenger on Neural Networks

Friday March 9  
9 March 5 
Information Theory Probability Cluster Growth Percolation 



10 March 12 
Financial Forecasting 
Cities and Sustainability Summary & Discussion  
Course Projects Due by 5:00 pm Monday March 12 Please hand in all outstanding work by Friday March 16 