Introduction, Scope, and Definitions

  • François E. Cellier


This chapter attempts to motivate the student for the course. Why should he or she study modeling and simulation? What can these techniques do for him or her that other techniques might not? We shall start out with some basic definitions of terms that will be used in this text over and over again, such as the terms “system,” “experiment,” “model,” and “simulation.” We shall then discuss good and bad reasons for using modeling and simulation as problem-solving tools. Finally, we shall list areas of science and engineering to which modeling and simulation have been successfully applied, and we shall explain what makes these various application areas different from each other and why the modeling and simulation approaches taken in these application areas vary so drastically from each other.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • François E. Cellier
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  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Applied Mathematics ProgramUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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