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1st Edition

Introduction to the Simulation of Dynamics Using Simulink

ISBN 9781138114708
Published June 7, 2017 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
332 Pages 32 Color & 211 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Designed for undergraduate students in the general science, engineering, and mathematics community, Introduction to the Simulation of Dynamics Using Simulink® shows how to use the powerful tool of Simulink to investigate and form intuitions about the behavior of dynamical systems. Requiring no prior programming experience, it clearly explains how to transition from physical models described by mathematical equations directly to executable Simulink simulations.

Teaches students how to model and explore the dynamics of systems
Step by step, the author presents the basics of building a simulation in Simulink. He begins with finite difference equations and simple discrete models, such as annual population models, to introduce the concept of state. The text then covers ordinary differential equations, numerical integration algorithms, and time-step simulation. The final chapter offers overviews of some advanced topics, including the simulation of chaotic dynamics and partial differential equations.

A one-semester undergraduate course on simulation
Written in an informal, accessible style, this guide includes many diagrams and graphics as well as exercises embedded within the text. It also draws on numerous examples from the science, engineering, and technology fields. The book deepens students’ understanding of simulated systems and prepares them for advanced and specialized studies in simulation. Ancillary materials are available at


Table of Contents

Introduction and Motivation
Dynamical Models of Physical Systems
Constructing Simulations from Dynamical Models
How Simulators Are Used

The Basics of Simulation in Simulink
Simplest Model to Simulate
Models in Simulink
Simulation of the Simplest Model
Understanding How Time Is Handled in Simulation
A Model with Time as a Variable
How Simulink Propagates Values in Block Diagrams
A Model with Uniform Circular Motion
A Model with Spiraling Circular Motion
Uncertainty in Numbers and Significant Figures

Simulation of First-Order Difference Equation Models
What Is a Difference Equation?
Examples of Systems with Difference Equation Models
First-Order Difference Equation Simulation
Examining the Internals of a Simulation
Organizing the Internal Structure of a Simulation
Using Vector and Matrix Data

Simulation of First-Order Differential Equation Models
What Is a Differential Equation?
Examples of Systems with Differential Equation Models
Reworking First-Order Differential Equations into Block Form
First-Order Differential Equation Simulation
Saving Simulation Data in MATLAB

Fixed-Step Solvers and Numerical Integration Methods
What Is a Solver?
Understanding the Basics of Numerical Integration Algorithms
Understanding Solver Errors
Improving the Basic Algorithms
Fixed-Step Solvers in the Simulink Software

Simulation of First-Order Equation Systems
What Is a First-Order Difference Equation System?
Examples of First-Order Difference Equation Systems
Simulating a First-Order Difference Equation System
What Is a First-Order Differential Equation System?
Examples of First-Order Differential Equation Systems
Simulating a First-Order Differential Equation System
Combining Connections on a Bus

Simulation of Second-Order Equation Models: Nonperiodic Dynamics
Simulation of Second-Order Difference Equation Models
Simulation of Second-Order Differential Equation Models
Second-Order Differential Equation Models with First-Order Terms
Conditional Dynamics

Simulation of Second-Order Equation Models: Periodic Dynamics
Orbital Systems
Masked Subsystems
Creating Libraries

Higher-Order Models and Variable-Step Solvers
Direct Simulation by Multiple Integrations
Producing Function Forms for Simulation Results
Variable-Step Solvers
Variable-Step Solvers in Simulink

Advanced Topics: Transforming Ordinary Differential Equations, Simulation of Chaotic Dynamics, and Simulation of Partial Differential Equations
Transforming Ordinary Differential Equations
Simulation of Chaotic Dynamics
Simulation of Partial Differential Equations

Appendix A: Alphabetical List of Simulink Blocks
Appendix B: The Basics of MATLAB for Simulink Users
Appendix C: Debugging a Simulink Model


A Summary, References, and Additional Reading appear at the end of each chapter.

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Michael A. Gray is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at American University in Washington, D.C.