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Modeling and Visualization of Complex Systems and Enterprises: Explorations of Physical, Human, Economic, and Social Phenomena by William B. Rouse

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Chapter 4PHYSICAL PHENOMENA

INTRODUCTION

Table 4.1 lists the physical phenomena of interest for the six archetypal problems introduced in Chapter 2 and discussed in Chapter 3. All of these phenomena are concerned with physical flow, responses, signaling, and control. This chapter addresses the state of knowledge in representing these phenomena.

Table 4.1 Physical Phenomena Associated with Archetypal Problems

Problem Phenomena Category
Counterfeit parts Physical flow of parts supply, including inspection Physical, designed
Counterfeit parts Physical assembly of parts and system performance Physical, designed
Healthcare delivery Physical flow of demands to capacities, yielding revenues and health outcomes Physical, designed
Traffic control Physical traffic congestion throughout urban transportation grid Physical, designed
Traffic control Physical flow of vehicles through urban transportation grid Physical, designed
Urban resilience Physical responses of urban infrastructures Physical, designed
Cancer biology Intercellular biological signaling mechanisms throughout body Physical, natural
Cancer biology Intracellular biological signaling mechanisms within cells Physical, natural
Cancer biology Mechanisms of cell growth and death, driven by genetics and behaviors Physical, natural
Healthcare delivery Disease incidence and progression of stratified population Physical, natural
Urban resilience Physical flow of water through urban topography Physical, natural ...

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