We all know the game the Sims. You’re in a real life simulation. But how can simulations in any way be used in the medical world?
My group and I, were completing the medical simulations module. I had no idea what that even meant. At first I was like, what even is this? It made no sense to me. I started asking around to people in other classes. Did they do it? Did they understand? But no one I asked had a clue what I talking about. I came into class wondering if Mrs Sauter could help. And right away she explained it to us, and it started to make a lot more sense. If I had to, I still couldn’t explain it to someone else. But it made sense to me and that’s all I needed.
We started looking at the website we were given. It has a lot of different types of simulations. Not only does it have stuff for medicine. It has many for math and engineering as well. After we had picked one we analyzed it. It took a while, and a lot of researching to understand what everything meant. But sooner or later we got it. We started working on our presentation, and it seemed to get easier. But then when we started predicting with our simulation, it got a lot harder. It took me about an hour and a half to make a strong prediction, and get our simulation to test it. But never the less, we finished and I was quite happy about my presentation. Want to see exactly what this website looks like? Click this to see the amazing website the is The Wolfram Simulations.
Simulations are used everyday. They help us predict, almost everything. Scientist and doctors could use these simulations to help predict how many people could be infected in the sudden outbreak of the Ebola virus. The simulation we used, was an epidemic simulation. Doctors, scientists, or practically anyone could use it to try and predict how many people will get infected.
Simulations, like stated above can be used in any fields. How are these simulations made, you ask? Well, what is behind these simulations is a long series of complex mathematics. When Mrs. Sauter told me she had help assist someone in the making of a simulation, I was left dumbfounded. I wondered how much math that must’ve took. So in some of my free time, I started researching what type of math was used. It was some very high complexity of math equations, that I have never learned in all of my 13 years.
Overall, the idea of simulations is very intriguing to my mind. I had no idea that something like this existed till I did this module. This module left me very knowledged. I know how to analyze these models. Of course it took me a while, but in the end, I know a lot more. If you want to know more about this, or if this post left you intrigues as well, I very highly suggest that you take a look into these simulations. What you find may change the way you look at things.
- Nishi Patel