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Computer simulation

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Advantages and disadvantages of simulation

Advantages

  • It can avoid danger and loss of life.
  • Conditions can be varied and outcomes investigated.
  • Critical situations can be investigated without risk.
  • It is cost effective.
  • Simulations [simulation: The artificial recreation of an event or activity, eg flight simulation software. ] can be sped up so behaviour can be studied easily over a long period of time.
  • Simulations can be slowed down to study behaviour more closely.

Disadvantages

  • It can be expensive to measure how one thing affects another, to take the initial measurements, to create the model itself (such as aerodynamic wind tunnels).
  • To simulate something a thorough understanding is needed and an awareness of all the factors involved, without this a simulation cannot be created.

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