Modeling and Simulation in Python
by:Allen B. Downey
Release Finelybook 出版日期：2017
Modeling and Simulation in Python is an introduction to physical modeling using a computational approach.It is organized in three parts:
The first part presents discrete models,including a bikeshare system and world population growth.
The second part introduces first-order systems,including models of infectious disease,thermal systems,and chemical kinetics.
The third part is about second-order systems,including mechanical systems like projectiles,celestial mechanics,and rotating rigid bodies.
Taking a computational approach makes it possible to work with more realistic models than what you typically see in a first-year physics class,with the option to include features like friction and drag.
Python is an ideal programming language for this material. It is a good first language for people who have not programmed before,and it provides high-level data structures that are well-suited to express solutions to the problems we are interested in.