Engineering Practices: Quantitative Analysis

Modeling & Simulation

EP-QA-5

Engineering Performance Matrix

Modeling & Simulation is the process of using a variety of media, both physical and digital, to determine how well a design idea will perform as well as to communicate a design idea to others. Sophistication in this process requires knowledge related to (a) creating scaled physical models, (b) developing computational simulations, (c) establishing mathematical models, (d) collecting data through destructive testing and failure analysis, and (e) design validation through calculations. This core concept is important to the practice of Quantitative Analysis as modeling and simulating actual events, products, structures, or conditions through mathematical, physical, and graphical/computer models helps engineering professionals to predict the effectiveness of their solutions prior to producing a high-fidelity prototype which can save valuable resources (time, materials, money, etc.).

Performance Goal for High School Learners

I can successfully develop and use a variety of models or methods to simulate, evaluate, improve and validate design ideas.

BASIC

PROFICIENT

ADVANCED

PHYSICAL MODELS

I can identify and explain the objectives and plans of modeling and testing a physical model.

I can apply or develop a physical model to obtain appropriate evaluation data.

I can predict and refine my solution or choose the final solution from among possible ideas by testing my design ideas with a physical model.

COMPUTATIONAL SIMULATIONS

I can identify and explain the objectives and plans of modeling and testing a computational simulation model.

I can apply or develop a computational simulation model to obtain appropriate evaluation data.

I can predict and refine my solution or choose the final solution from among possible ideas by testing my design ideas with a computational simulation model.

MATHEMATICAL MODELS

I can identify and explain the objectives and plans of modeling and testing a mathematical model.

I can apply or develop a mathematical model to obtain appropriate evaluation data.

I can predict and refine my solution or choose the final solution from among possible ideas by testing my design ideas with a mathematical model.

FAILURE ANALYSIS AND DESTRUCTIVE TESTING

I can identify and explain the objectives and plans of failure analysis and destructive testing.

I can apply failure analysis and destructive testing procedures to evaluate and determine the robustness of a design idea.

I can develop and implement an appropriate destructive test or failure analysis to evaluate and determine the robustness of a design idea.

DESIGN VALIDATION

I can identify and explain the objectives and plans of engineering calculations for design validation.

I can apply engineering calculation procedures to validate a certain design idea.

I can predict and refine my solution or choose the final solution from among possible ideas by testing my design ideas with engineering calculations.

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