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December 5, 2022

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Description

This course provides an introduction to the study of environmental phenomena that exhibit both organized structure and wide variability—i.e., complexity.

Through focused study of a variety of physical, biological, and chemical problems in conjunction with theoretical models, we learn a series of lessons with wide applicability to understanding the structure and organization of the natural world. Students also learn how to construct minimal mathematical, physical, and computational models that provide informative answers to precise questions.

This course is appropriate for advanced undergraduates. Beginning graduate students are encouraged to register for 12.586 (graduate version of 12.086). Students taking the graduate version complete different assignments.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction Unlimited
  • From Microdynamics to Macrodynamics Unlimited
  • River Networks Unlimited
  • Self-organized Criticality Unlimited
  • Anomalous Diffusion Unlimited
  • Percolation Theory Unlimited
  • Random and Scale-free Networks Unlimited
  • Origin of Biogeochemical Cycles Unlimited
  • Disordered Kinetics Unlimited

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