Word, Visual and Mathematical Models

Word Models: Consist of words. Examples: a specification, an abstract Provide significant amount of information Can be structured in different ways Weakness: linear and not multi-dimensional – hard to provide complex relationships, can become unwieldy Visual Models: Type of picture – ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ Show a lot of information in small amount of space Show relationships between […]

Types of Models

Covered in previous lesson – classification of models rather than specific types. Continue categorising and classifying models. Role and use of several types of models with emphasis on Dynamic and Static models. Consider structural and functional relationships in complex systems. Simplifications usually unavoidable when modelling. Processes being considered can vary from simplistic to extremely complex, e.g .climate modelling. Time scales […]