CHAPTER 5

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Introduction to Simulation

In many cases, to understand the dynamics of a real world system or a function of a physical system, we need to model it and imitate the step by step operation of the system using a computational tool. This step by step imitation of a real world process is known as simulation. The systems can include any physical phenomena such as Brownian motion or the path of a projectile; or man-made devices such as robots or motors. Computational tools developed for simulating a system can be based on hardware or software. In this chapter, we will learn how to simulate in a software-based computation tool, in particular ...

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