ERIC Number: ED082502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
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Modeling and Computer Simulation of Dynamic Societal, Scientific, and Engineering Systems.
A course in modeling and computer simulation of dynamic systems uses three methods to introduce students to these topics. Core studies, the consideration of the theoretical fundamentals of modeling and simulation, and the execution by students of a project are employed. Taught in the Electrical Engineering Department at Michigan Technological University, the course is broadly based with regard to both subject matter and simulation methods, and students are free to select a project in any area and to use the computer and language of their choice. Societal, scientific, and engineering models are studied, and digital, analog, and hybrid computer simulations are considered. The course is intended to increase the students' awareness of the possibilities of quantizing problems associated with dynamic systems and to inform them of the potentials of computer simulation. Design, rather than analysis, is emphasized and student projects aim at utilizing computer simulations to determine control strategies. Evaluation to date indicates that the course is both successful and popular, but also that students require additional training in generating project problems and in writing technical proposals. (Author/LB)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton.