Modeling software

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1 Definition

Modeling software (or modelling software in UK English) is a computer program to build simulations or other models.

Modeling software relies on a modeling language, that “ is any artificial language that can be used to express information or knowledge or systems in a structure that is defined by a consistent set of rules. The rules are used for interpretation of the meaning of components in the structure. A modeling language can be graphical or textual.” [1]

Modeling languages can be used by instructional designers/technologists or even teachers to produce teaching materials (e.g. simulations). Learners also can be engaged into modeling activities.

2 Types of modeling software

This an incomplete inventory for now. See Wikipedia:Model for an overview of what a model could be and follow links ...

2.1 Microworlds

2.2 Mathematical systems simulation

  • Systems dynamics software, e,g, Stella or iThink
  • Mathematica-like systems

2.3 Special simulation software


  • Network configuration
  • molecular modeling (HyperChem, Spartan, CAChe, PC Model, etc.)
  • Mechanical dynamics
  • Climate modeling, e.g. EdGCM
  • Business processes
  • Production chain modeling.

2.4 3D Modeling

3 Links