Simulation Applications in Engineering Education

Simulation refers to a methodology to build usually complex mathematical or logical models to imitate the operations of real-life systems. These simulation models can be static or dynamic, deterministic or stochastic, and discrete or continuous, as argued by Averill Law.

Simulation can be used for several different purposes: For example, it is a technique that enables one to evaluate functions when mathematical forms of these functions are not available. Furthermore, simulation can be used to investigate different scenarios through the what-if analysis; that is, change one or more data in the simulation model and analyze the effects of these changes on the performance measures. Moreover, simulation can be used to find better working conditions for systems, which satisfy some limitations on the resources (i.e., optimization). However, ...

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