Computational Modeling

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*It is governed by mathematical relationships, and requires computation because it would take too long to do it all by hand (usually because there are complex relationships that require ''many''  computations).
*It is governed by mathematical relationships, and requires computation because it would take too long to do it all by hand (usually because there are complex relationships that require ''many''  computations).
*Typically one sets up a [[simulation]] with the desired parameters and lets the computer run.  One then looks at the output (whatever that may be, usually the experimenter knows ahead of time what they want to look at) to interpret the behavior of the model.
*Typically one sets up a [[simulation]] with the desired parameters and lets the computer run.  One then looks at the output (whatever that may be, usually the experimenter knows ahead of time what they want to look at) to interpret the behavior of the model.
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==Why would you want to use a computational model?==
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*In short, to do something that is hard or impossible to do with a lab experiment.
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**If too many people are involved for it to be practical
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**If you want to [[simulation|simulate]] things that current technology doesn't allow us to measure
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**To validate with a more detailed model a hypothesized process derived from actual lab data
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**To propose a theory and test it for things that are not currently observable or practical.

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What is computational modeling?

Why would you want to use a computational model?

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