Paul Fieguth Dept. of Systems Design Engineering Faculty of Engineering University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario Canada N2L 3G1 |
pfieguth@uwaterloo.ca Tel: (519) 888-4567 x84970 FAX: (519) 746-4791 |

The Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation has seminars, some of which may very much be of interest to students in SYDE 332. Take a look at their list of events.

There are many courses at UW that are related to SYDE 332, and that might interest many of you. I have prepared a list of these courses for you.

This course covers a lot of ground, and there are many directions of interest which could be pursued. I have therefore prepared a list of reading and references for you.

There will be one project and four assignments, details at the bottom of this page, to be submitted online on the SYDE 332 Learn page. This term, for the first time, we will be using the textbook which I wrote for this course. I would greatly value your feedback / lists of typos or errors / inconsistent notation / confusing descriptions. I will be awarding up to 2% in bonus marks for feedback received by the final exam date.

Week | Lecture Topics | Case Study | Book Chapters or Sections |
---|---|---|---|

1 | Introduction | Global Warming | Chapters 1, 2 |

2 | Systems Theory | Nutrient Flows | Chapter 3 |

3 | Linear Dynamic Systems | Chapters 4, 5 | |

4 | Nonlinear Systems | Bi-Stable Complex Systems | Chapter 6 |

5 | Nonlinear Systems | Climate & Bifurcation | Chapters 6, 7 |

6 | Bifurcations, Limit Cycles | Chapter 7 | |

7 | Reading Week | ||

8 | Spatial systems | Ocean Circulation | Chapter 8 |

9 | Power laws | Chapter 9 | |

10 | Complex Systems | Chapter 10 | |

11 | Remote Sensing | Atmospheric Temperature Inference | Chapter 11 |

12 | Inverse Problems | Chapters 11, 12 | |

13 | Wrap-up | Application to Current Events | Chapter 13 |

- Teaching tutorials, with about a third of the time to review classroom material, another third to solve a related problem, and the remaining time open for student questions.
- Assignment tutorials, which will focus on discussion relevant to an assignment. The tutorial will start with 10-20 minutes of clarifications and suggestions, with the rest of the time available for questions.
- Case-study tutorials, which will focus on some real-world phenomenon, and then interpret it in the context of the material taught in this course.

Week | Date | Style | Content |
---|---|---|---|

Week 2 | Monday, January 9 | Teach/Case | Null Spaces, Global Warming |

Week 3 | Monday, January 16 | Case | Systems Theory and Nutrient Flows |

Week 4 | Monday, January 23 | Teach | Eigendecompositions and Decoupling |

Week 5 | Monday, January 30 | Case | Project Discussion |

Assign | Assignment 2 | ||

Week 6 | Monday, February 6 | Case | Climate and Hysteresis |

Week 7 | Monday, February 13 | --- | Quiz review |

Week 8 | Monday, February 20 | --- | (reading week) |

Week 9 | Monday, February 27 | Teach | Discrete-Time Systems |

Week 10 | Monday, March 6 | Case | Power Laws and Social Systems |

Teach | Cellular Automata | ||

Assign | Assignment 4 | ||

Week 11 | Monday, March 13 | Teach | Global Circulation Models, Overview of Satellite Platforms |

Week 12 | Monday, March 20 | Case | Temperature Inference |

Week 13 | Monday, March 27 | --- | (holiday) |

Week 14 | Monday, April 3 | Review | Course Review |

Each assignment must be undertaken individually and submitted online (submit links listed below, with each assignment). The reports should be formal (with
an introduction, properly written, neatly organized into sections etc.), but
definitely **not** long. I will be expecting some sorts of conclusions for any open-ended discussion sort of problem (such as Problem 3.4 in Assignment 1).
Diagrams can be hand-drawn and scanned if that saves you time. The submission must be a *single PDF file*.

Computational parts can be done in Matlab, although you are free to use any sort of programming environment which you prefer. Here are several demo files which will help you to get started:

A very simple demo page, with a simple Matlab script which calls a short function.

Second Matlab Tutorial for SD372

The project proposal is due on Feb. 10th.

The proposal should be no more than one page, and basically needs to have title / name(s) / background / project intent / references. The proposal is graded pass/fail, and it gives me an opportunity to give you a bit of feedback.

The actual project is due on Monday, April 3rd.

I have a grammar and style guide which students should take a look at, including a section on document layout and style. I also have a presentation on figure plotting that you might want to refer to.

I try to make the exam a reasonable balance of qualitative and quantitative. Interested students can see the 2011 SYDE 332 final exam here.

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