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Dynamics of Biological Systems, Front Matter

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Front Matter , Pages i-xvi (doi:10.13031/2013.34925) in Front Matter , pp. i-xvi . Copyright 2003 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Mich.
Authors:   John S. Cundiff and Kyle R. Mankin
Keywords:   Chapter titles. Application of Engineering Science Principles to Biological Systems; Development of a General Environmental Control Model; Microbial Systems; Modeling the Composting Process; Basics of Plant Growth; Crop Growth Modeling; Basics of Animal Growth; Animal Growth Modeling.

First paragraph. This text evolved from a set of class notes developed by the authors for their senior-level modeling courses taught at Virginia Tech and Kansas State University, respectively. The object of these courses was to educate students in the techniques used to model, and subsequently simulate, the performance of a biological system. In brief, the procedure was to review the applicable science, derive the differential equations, and then present the computational methods needed to solve the equations numerically. The simplest, most straightforward numerical techniques are used. It is expected that more advanced modeling and numerical methods will be covered in a subsequent graduate course.

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