Q. What is system modeling?
A. System modeling is the process of describing both natural and engineered systems in precise mathematical terms.
Q. What is simulation?
A. Simulation is the exploitation of a model in order to predict logical consequences of hypothetical situations.
Q. What is this book, System Modeling and Simulation: An Introduction?
A. This book is a uniquely broad and quantitative introduction to creating models, performing simulations and analyzing results in a systematic and rigorous way.
It covers the technical breadth of system modeling by including:
- continuous-time, sampled-time and discrete-time models
- temporal, spatial and hybrid models
- continuous-state and discrete-state models
- deterministic and stochastic models
- both system and signal modeling
It explores the generality of system modeling by considering a myriad of physical, biological and engineered examples. Each example is modeled, simulated and analyzed in detail.
It emphasizes first principles through self-contained chapters on introductory numerical analysis and the generation of random variates and random processes, and an appendix on basic statistical analysis techniques.
System Modeling and Simulation: An Introduction teaches, by example, how to
— create models
— simulate performance simulations
— analyze results covers a range of event-driven and time-driven models uses detailed examples to reinforce the explanations of techniques is software and language independent includes over 200 exercises, analysis and design problems suitable for project work.