10:00 AM-12:00 PM Wasatch A & B - Level C
A common paradigm for the description of physical systems is that of a slow evolution through families of relatively simple states, like equilibrium states or states of periodic motion. The mathematical foundation for approximating this evolution is fairly well established if the underlying systems are dissipative. There are numerous examples, however, for which the underlying systems are conservative. The mathematical foundations for approximating the slow evolution are not well established in this case, except for one-degree-of-freedom systems, where the method of averaging is effective. This minisymposium is intended to describe what is presently known and to present physically important examples, including those in which the simple states undergo a transition from stable to unstable, illustrating the mathematical complexities that can arise in these contexts.
Organizer: Norman R. Lebovitz
University of Chicago
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