Jyväskylä, Finland

Complex Dynamics and Mating Habits of Polynomials

when 8 August 2016 - 12 August 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC

I will give an introduction to the iteration of complex polynomials, focusing on quadratic polynomials. I will give a short tour of the parameter space for quadratic polynomials (where the Mandelbrot Set lives). I will define the mating of two polynomials, which is a certain kind of gluing operation on the sphere. We will explore examples where the mating exists, and where it does not. There will be lots of fractal pictures and movies.

Course leader

Lecturer: Assistant Professor Sarah Koch (University of Michigan Ann Arbor, United States)

Coordinator: Prof. Daniel Meyer (Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany & University of Jyväskylä)

Target group

Familiarity with complex numbers and the complex plane. Point set topology.

The Summer School annually offers courses for advanced master’s students, graduate students, and post-docs in the various fields of science and information technology.

Course aim

The most important aims of the Summer School are to develop post-graduates scientific readiness and to offer students the possibility to study in a modern, scientific environment and to create connections to the international science community. The Summer School offers an excellent pathway to develop international collaboration in post-graduate research.

Credits info

2 EC
Passing: Obligatory attendance at lectures, and completing the homework.

Grading: Pass/fail

Fee info

EUR 0: Participating the Summer School is free of charge, but student have to cover the costs of own travel, accommodation and meals at Jyväskylä.


The 26th Jyväskylä Summer School is not able to grant any Summer School students financial support.