Systems Modeling and the Scientific Habit of Mind
Science is a way of looking at the world.

Modeling is the representation of something using a partial accounting of its features and properties. Modeling is the process by which abstract representation and symbols are used to represent complicated systems.


A system is represented by naming its:


  elements or parts,

  relationship rules,

  context and,

  its emergent properties or characteristics.


A systems model, even though it is a partial representation of a real world system, is acted on and treated as if it is the original. A “good” model provides a satisfactory representation under these conditions.



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An example of a computational model of a protein in which the molecular shape and structure is represented by "ribbons" as well as balls and sticks.



                   

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