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.


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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