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Modeling and Simulation

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Models and simulations of all kinds are tools for dealing with reality. Humans have always used mental models to better understand the world around them: to make plans, to consider different possibilities, to share ideas with others, to test changes, and to determine whether or not the development of an idea is feasible. The book Modeling and Simulation uses exactly the same approach except that the traditional mental model is translated into a computer model, and the simulations of alternative outcomes under varying conditions are programmed on the computer. The advantage of this method is that the computer can track the multitude of implications and consequences in complex relationships much more quickly and reliably than the human mind. This unique interdisciplinary text not only provides a self contained and complete guide to the methods and mathematical background of modeling and simulation software (SIMPAS) and a collection of 50 systems models on an accompanying diskette. Students from fields as diverse as ecology and economics will find this clear interactive package an instructive and engaging guide.

Systems and Modelsp. 1
Tasks of Model Construction and Simulationp. 3
Dynamic Models and Model Developmentp. 8
Fundamental Properties of Systemsp. 21
Fundamental Properties of Modelsp. 35
Structurep. 47
Developing the Influence Diagramp. 48
Differentiation of the Model Conceptp. 60
Simulation and Model Behaviorp. 83
Summary of Important Resultsp. 89
System Statep. 91
System Elements and Basic System Structurep. 93
System State and State Computationp. 101
Some Elementary Systems and Their Behaviorp. 112
Dimensional Analysisp. 121
Model Development for the Rotating Pendulump. 126
Model Development for a Fishing Systemp. 135
Nondimensional Model Equations and System Similarityp. 141
Summary of Important Resultsp. 151
Behaviorp. 155
Simulator for a Standard Programming Language: SIMPASp. 158
Simulation of Rotating Pendulum Dynamics Using SIMPASp. 172
Simulation of Fishery Dynamics with SIMPASp. 196
Graphic-interactive Simulation Environment: STELLAp. 212
Summary of Important Resultsp. 224
Choice and Designp. 227
Criteria and Evaluation of System Behaviorp. 229
Path Analysisp. 248
Policy Analysisp. 264
System Designp. 274
Summary of Important Resultsp. 286
Systems Zoop. 289
Dynamic Systems with One State Variablep. 295
Dynamic Systems with Two State Variablesp. 317
Dynamic Systems with Three or Four State Variablesp. 361
Mathematical Systems Analysisp. 387
State Equations of Dynamic Systemsp. 388
Matrix Operations for Linear Dynamic Systemsp. 403
Behavior and Stability of Linear Systems in Unforced Motionp. 408
Behavior of Linear Systems in Forced Motionp. 423
Behavior and Stability of Non-linear Dynamic Systemsp. 432
Summary of Important Resultsp. 439
Bibliographyp. 443
Appendix: Program Listingsp. 449
Indexp. 475
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ISBN: 9781568810331
ISBN-10: 1568810334
Series: Ak Peters Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 1st June 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 21.59  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.32
Edition Number: 1