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1.5: Modeling an Engineering System

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    As discussed above, application of Occam's razor is a useful heuristic for any engineering problem solver, but how does this relate to specific engineering systems. Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\) illustrates the many inputs to the modeling process for engineering systems. All of the items in the central portion will be of interest as we learn to model engineering systems.

    A real system is put through modeling process inputs such as purpose, modeling assumptions, basic knowledge, mathematical language, problem-solving heuristics, fundamental physical laws, constitutive and kinematic relations, physical constraints, and experimental data.

    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\): Modeling an engineering system

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