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This paper explores the many choices a modeler is faced with once his dynamical model has evolved into a flow diagram and associated equations. At this point the modeler is concerned with several choices relating to the transformation of his model into a simulation. Specifically, the modeler must choose language, computer, code structure, integration algorithm, and parameters relating to the integration, including stepsize, accuracy, minimum and maximum stepsizes, etc. The purpose of this paper is to provide guidelines which would assist the modeler in making judicious choices related to these issues. In addition this paper advocates the use of microcomputers for simulation of small problems and discusses their limitations in this context. A typical textbook problem is solved using one of the popular micros. Results are printed and plotted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-11
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings - International Conference on Cybernetics and Society
StatePublished - 1980
EventProc Int Conf Cybern Soc - Cambridge, MA, Engl
Duration: Oct 8 1980Oct 10 1980


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