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Chapter 2: Introduction to Modeling and Simulation

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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In this chapter, the significance of Modeling & Simulation (M&S) will be discussed. This includes definitions and uses of M&S. There are processes for developing models and simulations. The modeling and simulation process is described and illustrated using the example of traffic flow through a gas station. After the M&S process has been introduced, different simulation approaches are discussed. The two most common approaches are called discrete-event and continuous. These approaches refer to the way in which time is represented in systems. Additional methodologies that are commonly used to represent system behavior are agent-based simulation and system dynamics. Agent-based simulation and system dynamics are introduced through examples. Monte Carlo, which involves random number generation, is then described as a simulation methodology. Monte Carlo simulations are also used as an approach to better understand the role of randomness in behavior of real-life engineering systems.

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Difficulty Level:
At Grade
Date Created:
Aug 06, 2012
Last Modified:
Nov 26, 2014
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