Systems Analysis and Modeling

A Macro-to-Micro Approach with Multidisciplinary Applications


  • Donald Boyd, Montana State University, Bozeman, U.S.A.

This book presents a fresh, new approach to systems analysis and modeling with a systems science flavor that stimulates systems thinking. After introducing systems modeling principles, the ensuing wide selection of examples aptly illustrate that anything which changes over time can be modeled as a system. Each example begins with a knowledge base that displays relevant information obtained from systems analysis. The diversity of examples clearly establishes a new protocol for synthesizing systems models.
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Engineers and physical and social scientists working with large-scale systems, including diverse systems such as natural resource and environmental systems, engineering projects, public planning and development, econometric and population studies, etc.


Book information

  • Published: October 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-121851-5


This textbook for a senior engineering or graduate course presents the macro-to-micro approach to systems analysis and modeling. Boyd (Montana State University) demonstrates the method through examples of deterministic models drawn from physics, numerical methods, ballistics, inventory theory, and corporate strategy, followed by examples of stochastic modeling from ergonomics, glaciology, water resources planning, forestry, manufacturing processes, time series, and operations research.Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Analysis and Modeling2. Systems Modeling Principles3. Population Model: Calibration and Validation4. Modeling with Dynamic Forms5. Small Arms Exterior Ballistics Model6. Inventory Systems Models: Shaping Dynamic Response7. Modeling Corporate Assets8. Stochastic Analysis9. Work Physiology Model10. Macro Model of Blue Glacier11. State Water Planning Model12. Prototyping a Forest Systems Model13. Applications UnlimitedReferencesGlossary Index