Modeling and Simulation in Python is an introduction to physical modeling using a computational approach. It is organized in three parts:
- The first part presents discrete models, including a bikeshare system and world population growth.
- The second part introduces first-order systems, including models of infectious disease, thermal systems, and pharmacokinetics.
- The third part is about second-order systems, including mechanical systems like projectiles, celestial mechanics, and rotating rigid bodies.
Taking a computational approach makes it possible to work with more realistic models than what you typically see in a first-year physics class, with the option to include features like friction and drag.
Python is an ideal programming language for this material. It is a good first language for people who have not programmed before, and it provides high-level data structures that are well-suited to express solutions to the problems we are interested in.
This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download Modeling and Simulation in Python ebook for free in PDF format (2.3 MB).