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Modeling and Simulation in Python
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  • Title Modeling and Simulation in Python
  • Author(s) Allen B. Downey
  • Publisher: Green Tea Press (September 2017)
  • License(s): CC BY-NC 4.0
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  • Language: English
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Book Description

This book is an introduction to physical modeling using a computational approach. It is organized in three parts:

  • The first part presents discrete models, including a bikeshare system and world population growth.
  • The second part introduces first-order systems, including models of infectious disease, thermal systems, and chemical kinetics.
  • The third part is about second-order systems, including mechanical systems like projectiles, celestial mechanics, and rotating rigid bodies.

Taking a computational approach makes it possible to work with more realistic models than what you typically see in a first-year physics class, with the option to include features like friction and drag.

Python is an ideal programming language for this material. It is a good first language for people who have not programmed before, and it provides high-level data structures that are well-suited to express solutions to the problems we are interested in.

About the Authors
  • Allen Downey is a Professor of Computer Science at Olin College of Engineering. He has taught at Wellesley College, Colby College and U.C. Berkeley. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and Master's and Bachelor's degrees from MIT.
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