System Dynamics II

A system dynamics model with feedback loops.

Feedback loops in a system dynamics model. In this course, students learn to formulate such models and apply them to real-world problems. (This image is a work of the US Federal Government and is in the public domain.)


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Fall 2010



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15.872 is a continuation of 15.871 Introduction to System Dynamics. It emphasizes tools and methods needed to apply systems thinking and simulation modeling successfully in complex real-world settings. The course uses simulation models, management flight simulators and case studies to deepen the conceptual and modeling skills introduced in 15.871. Through models and case studies of successful applications, students learn how to use qualitative and quantitative data to formulate and test models, and how to work effectively with senior executives to implement change successfully. 15.872 is a prerequisite for further work in the field.

Sterman, John. 15.872 System Dynamics II, Fall 2010. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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