Physics  Geology 30 Fractals, Chaos and Complexity Winter Quarter, 2020 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
534B PhysicsGeology by 5:00 pm on the due date. 

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. 

Week 
Topic 
Reading Assignment Chapter/Section 
Homework/Lab Assignment 
Homework Due Date 
1 January 6 
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 10 
2 January 13 
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 22 
3 January 20  Fractals  Cont. Fractal Dimensions 
Peak & Frame Chapter 2, All Begin Chapter 3 Chapter 9 Optional: Feldman Chapter 17 

4 January 27 
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 5 
5 February 3 
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 12 
6 February 10 
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 21 Homework: 
7 February 17 

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

Problems 5 
Friday February 28 
8 February 24 
Neural Networks

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

Friday March 6  
9 March 2 
Information Theory Probability Cluster Growth Percolation 
Example: 100 Prisoners Problem 


10 March 9 
Financial Forecasting 
NY Times Article on Investing Strategy: Buy at the Close, Sell on the Open Cities and Sustainability Summary & Discussion 

Course Projects Due by 5:00 pm Monday March 16 Please hand in all outstanding work by Friday March 13 