‘18.354: Nonlinear Dynamics: Continuum Systems’

Table of contents

  1. Course Info
  2. Realistic Prerequisites
  3. Subject Matter
  4. Course Staff
  5. Lectures
  6. Problem Sets
  7. Exams
  8. Resources
  9. Grading
  10. Advice to Future Students

Course Info

Class Size 13
Hours/Week 8.3 (7 responses)
Instructors Bauyrzhan Primkulov
Overall Rating 6.0/7.0

Realistic Prerequisites

  • The content of 18.02 was a necessary prerequisite.
  • Others recommended 18.03, especially stability conditions of ODEs.
  • MATLAB or other programming experience was useful.

Subject Matter

  • Very applied in that one is modeling physical things (such as diffusion, fluid dynamics, etc).
  • Some felt the class was too broad.

Course Staff

  • Nice and encouraging. Students recommended taking the class with this instructor.


  • The lectures were clear, thorough, and followed the lecture notes almost exactly.
  • Problem sets were helpful for learning the material.

Problem Sets

  • Helpful.
  • The problem sets helped clarify content, and the lecture notes prepared students for the problem sets.


  • No exams.


  • The course notes were detailed and even covered some material not in class. The lecture notes were good.


  • Students felt that grading was lenient.

Advice to Future Students

  1. “I wouldn’t take this if I actually wanted to learn nonlinear dynamics, but if you like physics and partial differential equations this class could be fun.”