Introduction to Modeling and Simulation

A graph showing simulation techniques as number of particles, lengths, and times increases from ~100-10^23, angstroms to meters, and picoseconds to seconds, respectively.

Systems at different time and length scales are modeled using different simulation techniques, derived from the appropriate governing equations. (Image courtesy of Elsevier, Inc., Science Direct. Used with permission.)


MIT Course Number

3.021J / 1.021J / 10.333J / 18.361J / 22.00J

As Taught In

Spring 2012



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This subject provides an introduction to modeling and simulation, covering continuum methods, atomistic and molecular simulation, and quantum mechanics. Hands-on training is provided in the fundamentals and applications of these methods to key engineering problems. The lectures provide exposure to areas of application based on the scientific exploitation of the power of computation. We use web based applets for simulations, thus extensive programming skills are not required.

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Markus Buehler, and Jeffrey Grossman. 3.021J Introduction to Modeling and Simulation, Spring 2012. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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