science by simulation

The mission of Science By Simulation is to help modernize science education through the use of computational platforms based on modeling and simulation technologies. Science By Simulation was founded by Kumar Venkat, a technologist with a keen interest in science education and an expert in developing software tools based on modeling and simulation technologies.

Simulation is an increasingly important way of doing modern science. Our goal is to make simulation methods easily accessible to science education, allowing students and teachers to turn their computers into powerful virtual labs and analytical platforms. This approach supplements classroom learning, laboratory experiments and textbooks, and provides virtual labs in which systems can be modeled, experiments can be conducted and data/results can be collected and analyzed to gain insights.

Our science education tools are designed and built by simulation experts, and put powerful modeling and simulation capabilities in the hands of students and teachers. We do not provide animation tools that typically demonstrate a limited number of "simulations", but real and flexible simulation tools -- similar to tools used in industry -- that can be used for serious scientific study and inquiry.

Our tools generally include these elements:

  • The ability to describe, or model, a system -- such as a chemical reaction system. Typically underlying such a model is a set of state equations governing the behavior of the system.

  • The use of an extensive database of basic properties to support the modeling -- such as the thermodynamic properties of chemical species.

  • A simulation engine -- event-based or time-based or both -- to exercise the system and "run" it from an initial state to some final state.


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