Here is the table of contents of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos (by Strogatz) Overview Flows on the Line Bifurcations Flows on the Circle Linear Systems Phase Plane Limit Cycles Bifurcations Revisited Lorenz Equations One-Dimensional Maps Fractals Strange Attractors Last quarter, there was a course at my school that covered charters 1-7. I couldn't take the course because of a schedule overlap. This quarter, the follow up course is offered that will cover the rest of the book. Would it be a bad idea to jump in? To what extend is the material in 1-7 a prerequisite to 8-12? Would it be possible to look up things as they show up without investing time equivalent to taking the first course?