Spring 2017
Symbolic dynamics
Lectures (14 times, 7.3.27.4.2017)
 12:1514:00 Tuesday (Room M1, Quantum)
 10:1512:00 Thursday (Room M2, Quantum)
Homework sessions (6 times, 13.3.24.4.2017)
 12:1514:00 Monday (Room M1, Quantum)
Course Web Page:
Instructor:

Jarkko Kari
 Office: Quantum 3rd floor, room 365
 email: jkari@utu.fi,
 tel: (02) 333 5616.
 Office hours: Wednesday 1011am
Textbook:
 No textbook. Lecture notes provided by the instructor.
About homework:
 Presence is mandatory. Absence is permitted only if agreed with the lecturer (ask beforehand if possible).
 To pass the course, at least 25% of the homework problems must be completed. The more problems you solve, the more credit towards the final grade you get: You get demo class
 A, if you complete 70%100%,
 B, if you complete 45%70%,
 C, if you complete 25%45%
of the given homeworks.
Final exam:
 Three hours, four problems.
 Anyone with democlass at least C has qualified to take the exam within one year.
 Registration though internet (NettiOpsu) is required at least one week before the exam.
 Homework activity (demo class A, B or C) and the score of the final exam determine the final grade.
 First exam: 28.04.2017 starting at 14.00.
Tentative course outline
 Review of topology (compact metric spaces, Cantor space)
 Topological dynamics (mixing properties, recurrence)
 Intoduction to the shift space and types of subshifts
 Subshifts of finite type, sofic shifts
 Conjugacy of subshifts
 Entropy