Accession Number:

ADA048594

Title:

Concept and Use of Models (Part I and Part II).

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

SOUTH CAROLINA UNIV COLUMBIA COLL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

336.0

Abstract:

An attempt is made to present a unified view of modeling. Beginning with the earliest concept of model a brief history of the subject is presented for the period beginning from prehistoric times into the twentieth century. The evolution of the concept of model is discussed in some detail and a taxonomy of the subject is suggested. Special attention is given to the relationship between the concept of model and the prevailing ideas of space, time, and matter. The role of dimensional analysis is reviewed and its relationship to modeling examined at length. Specific types of models which constitute the taxonomy are defined and illustrated with numerous examples. The idea of a Newtonian model is introduced and then extended to cover many physical cases. The new concept of disclosive model and its role is defined and illustrated. Its historical origin is reviewed. Its value in the evolution of generalized modeling is examined at length.

Subject Categories:

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Operations Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE