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Road Maps 0

Introduction
to Road maps [61K](D45006).
This guide is a brief introduction to Road Maps, it gives a summary of the contents of each chapter, advises on the best way to use Road Maps and explains what you will need to begin your study.

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Road Maps 1

Road
Maps 1: A Guide to Learning System Dynamics [38K] (D45016)
This guide will lead you through the readings. The guide provides a
summary of the important insights and highlights the system principles
learned in each chapter of Road Maps.

System Dynamics and K12 Teachers [159K] (J. Forrester) (D46654)
Introduces systems and feedback loops, two important ideas which will be further developed in more readings throughout Road Maps. A strong grasp of systems and feedback loops will build a good foundation for learning more advanced principles in system dynamics.

System
Dynamics and LearnerCenteredLearning in Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Education [49K] (Jay W. Forrester) (D4337)
An argument for the necessity of change in the educational process
and the applicability of system dynamics in K12 education.

Simulating
Hamlet in the Classroom [74K] (Pamela Hopkins) (D45401)
An example of a STELLA model successfully used in a high school English
classroom.

System
Dynamics Meets the Press, an excerpt from The Global Citizen [29K]
(Donella Meadows) (D41431)
A narration of experiences of a systems thinker and the struggle to
use systems concepts correctly in today's society.

Counterintuitive
Behavior of Social Systems [464K] (Jay W. Forrester) (D44682)
An introduction to the concepts of system dynamics, discussing social
policies and their derivation from incomplete understanding of complex
systems.

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Road Maps 2

Road
Maps 2: A Guide to Learning System Dynamics [65K] (D45027)
This guide will lead you through the readings. The guide provides a
summary of the important insights and highlights the system principles
learned in each chapter of Road Maps.

The First
Step [367K] (Leslie Martin) (D4694)
A handson introduction to system dynamics modeling that uses a series
of simple population models.

Beginner
Modeling Exercises [135K] (Leslie Martin) (D43477)
Exercises modeling constant flows. Develops understanding of the basic
stockandflow structure through examples taken from a wide variety of
systems.

An Introduction
to Feedback [132K] (Leslie Martin) (D4691)
A first look at the positive and negative feedback loops found in system
dynamics models.

Graphical
Integration Exercises Part1: Exogenous Rates [106K] (A. Oh) (D45471)
An introduction to graphical integration of constant flows and step
function flows.

Introduction to Computer Simulation, Chapter 13 [339K] (N. Roberts et al.)
A simple and understandable explanation of levels and rates.

Formulating
Models of Simple Systems Using Vensim PLE [938K] (Nelson Repenning) (D46972)
A beginner's tutorial for Vensim PLE.

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Road Maps 3

Road
Maps 3: A Guide to Learning System Dynamics [75K] (D45037)
This guide will lead you through the readings. The guide provides a
summary of the important insights and highlights the system principles
learned in each chapter of Road Maps.

Graphical
Integration Exercises Part 2: Ramp Functions [109K] (Kevin Agatstein,
Lucia Breierova) (D4571)
Graphical integration of linearly increasing and decreasing flows.

Beginner
Modeling Exercises Section 2: Mental simulation of Positive Feedback
[46K] (Joseph Whelan) (D4487)
Simple exercises on positive feedback systems.

Beginner
Modeling Exercises Section 3: Mental simulation of Negative Feedback
[88K] (Helen Zhu) (D45362)
Simple exercises on negative feedback systems.

Study Notes in System Dynamics, Exercises
4,5 (Michael Goodman)
Exercises on firstorder positive and negative feedback loops.

Introduction to Computer Simulation, Chapter
15 (Nancy Roberts, et al.)
Using simulation to analyze simple positive and negative feedback loops.

Study Notes in System Dynamics, Section 3.103.12 (Michael Goodman)
Simple examples of negative feedback systems.

Study Notes in System Dynamics, Chapters 4,5 (Michael Goodman)
An introduction to Sshaped growth, and a stepwise construction of
a simple model.

Urban Dynamics (Jay W. Forrester)
An application of system dynamics to study urban problems.

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Road Maps 4

Road
Maps 4: A Guide to Learning System Dynamics [61K] (D45046)
This guide will lead you through the readings. The guide provides a
summary of the important insights and highlights the system principles
learned in each chapter of Road Maps.

Generic
Structures: First order positive feedback loops [80K] (Stephanie
Albin, Mark Choudhari) (D44742)
An introduction to the generic structure in positive feedback systems.

Generic
Structures: First order negative feedback loops [88K] (Stephanie
Albin) (D44752)
An introduction to the generic structure in negative feedback systems.

Beginner
Modeling Exercises Section 4: Mental Simulation: Adding constant flows
[83K] (Alan Coronado) (D45462)
Simple exercises on introducing a constant flow to positive and negative
feedback systems.

Building the Fish Banks Model & Renewable Resource Depletion [52K]
(Joseph Whelan, Matthew Halbower) (D45432)
Description of The Fishing Game and the building of a STELLA model
of a fishing system.

Problems
with Causal Loop Diagrams [204K] (George Richardson) (D33121)
A discussion of causal loop diagrams and the inherent problems associated
with them.

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Road Maps 5

Road
Maps 5: A Guide to Learning System Dynamics [74K] (D45057)
This guide will lead you through the readings. The guide provides a
summary of the important insights and highlights the system principles
learned in each chapter of Road Maps.

Introduction to Delays, Chapter
17 (Nancy Roberts, et al.)
Introducing the uses of delays in computer simulation.

Answers
to Exercises for Chapter 17: Introduction To Delays from Introduction to
Computer Simulation [80K] (Kamil Msefer, Mark Choudhari) (D44156)
Solutions to exercises introducing the use of delays in computer simulation.

Beginner
Modeling Exercises Section 5: Mental simulation of Combining Feedbacks
in FirstOrder Systems [134K] (Laughton Stanley, Helen Zhu) (D45932)
Simple exercises on systems producing Sshaped growth.

Generic
Structures: Sshaped growth I [87K] (Terri Duhon, Marc Glick) (D44322)
An introduction to generic structures in systems producing Sshaped
growth.

Dynamic
Simulation Models: How Valid Are They? [24K] (Raymond Shreckengost)
(D4463)
An outline of several tests that can be applied to a model to test
validity.

Teaching
System Dynamics: Looking at Epidemics [212K] (Will GlassHusain) (D4243)
Material for teaching system dynamics concepts through a game based
on the spread of an epidemic.

Graphical
Integration Exercises Part 3: Combining Flows [222K] (Kevin Agatstein,
Lucia Breierova) (D4596)
Graphical integration of combined inflows and outflows.

Beyond the Limits (Donella Meadows, et
al.)
An insightful book about the need for a transition to a sustainable
world. Beyond the Limits may be out of print but available from Amazon.com as a used book.

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Road Maps 6

Road
Maps 6: A Guide to Learning System Dynamics [85K] (D45066)
This guide will lead you through the readings. The guide provides a
summary of the important insights and highlights the system principles
learned in each chapter of Road Maps.

Economic
Supply and Demand [243K] (Joseph Whelan, Kamil Msefer) (D43882)
A system dynamics perspective on supply and demand.

Generic
Structures in Oscillating Systems I [88K] (Celeste Chung) (D44263)
Two reallife scenarios illustrating the transferability of an oscillation
structure.

Exploring
SShaped Growth [229K] (Leslie Martin) (D44762)
Development of the concept of generic structures in systems producing
Sshaped growth.

Modeling
Exercises: Section 1 [802K] (Joseph Whelan) (D44212)
The first of a series of independent modeling experiences.

Systems
Thinking: Critical Thinking Skills for the 1990s and Beyond [696K]
(Barry Richmond) (D4565)
An argument for teaching systems thinking through learnercentered
learning as well as the application of systems thinking to the acquisition
of various critical thinking skills.

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Road Maps 7

Road
Maps 7: A Guide to Learning System Dynamics [113K] (D45073)
This guide will lead you through the readings. The guide provides a
summary of the important insights and highlights the system principles
learned in each chapter of Road Maps.

Unexpected
Behaviors in HigherOrder Positive Feedback Loops [112K] (Aaron Ashford)
(D44552)
A discussion of possible behaviors that can occur in higherorder positive
feedback loops.

Mistakes
and Misunderstandings: Examining Dimensional Inconsistency [16K] (Michael
Shayne Gary) (D44521)
Examination of a model in which a dimensional inconsistency mistake
was made, and a suggested improvement of the model.

Modeling
Exercises: Section 2 [230K] (Joseph Whelan) (D44513)
The second in a series of independent modeling experiences exploring
an urban dynamics model and offering an exercise on mental simulation.

Graphical
Integration Exercises Part 4: Reverse Graphical Integration [158K]
(Laughton Stanley) (D4603)
Explanation and methods of the process of reverse graphical integration:
determining the graph of the net flow from the graph of the stock.

System
Dynamics, Systems Thinking, and Soft OR [32K] (Jay W. Forrester) (D44051)
The author's opinion on the differences between system dynamics, systems
thinking, and soft operations research.

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Road Maps 8

Road
Maps 8: A Guide To Learning System Dynamics [109K] (D45083)
This guide will lead you through the readings. The guide provides a
summary of the important insights and highlights the system principles
learned in each chapter of Road Maps.

Building
a System Dynamics Model Part 1: Conceptualization [129K] (Stephanie
Albin) (D4597)
A series of papers on the process of modelbuilding starts with the
first stage: conceptualization.

Mistakes
and Misunderstandings: Use of Generic Structures and the Reality of Stocks
and Flows [67K] (Lucia Breierova) (D46462)
Examination and correction of a model, forced to fit a generic structure,
in which the stocks do not represent realworld accumulations.

Oscillating
Systems 2: Sustained Oscillation [199K] (Kevin Agatstein) (D46022)
A detailed explanation of the structural causes of sustained oscillation
illustrated with two reallife examples.

An Introduction
to Sensitivity Analysis [397K] (Lucia Breierova, Mark Choudhari) (D45262)
An introduction to the concepts and methods of sensitivity analysis
of system dynamics models.

Learning
through System Dynamics as Preparation for the 21st Century [41K] (Jay
W. Forrester) (D44341)
Prof. Forrester's keynote speech at the 1994 Systems Thinking and Dynamic
Modeling Conference for K12 Education proposes objectives that should
be achieved through a system dynamics education.

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Road Maps 9

Road Maps
9: A Guide To Learning System Dynamics [113K] (D45093)
This guide will lead you through the readings. The guide provides a
summary of the important insights and highlights the system principles
learned in each chapter of Road Maps.

The Credit
Card Model [80K] (Manas Ratha) (D46832)
A modelbuilding exercise that uses a simple creditcard model to demonstrate
a characteristic behavior of complex systems: shortterm benefit, long term
cost.

Mistakes
and Misunderstandings: Table Functions [96K] (Leslie Martin) (D46532)
A mistakes and misunderstandings paper that explains how to formulate
robust and dimensionally consistent table functions.

Generic
Structures: Overshoot and Collapse [322K] (Lucia Breierova) (D4480)
An introduction to the generic structure producing overshoot and collapse,
using several realworld examples.

Graphical
Integration Exercises Part Five: Qualitative Graphical Integration
[150K] (Manas Ratha) (D4675)
Exercises developing an intuitive, qualitative understanding of the
process of graphical integration.

A Skeptic's
Guide to Computer Models [98K] (John D. Sterman) (D41011)
An overview of various computer modeling techniques, their characteristics,
capabilities, and limitations.

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Road Maps 10

Road Maps
10: A Guide To Learning System Dynamics [79K] (D45101)
This guide will lead you through the readings. The guide provides a
summary of the important insights and highlights the system principles
learned in each chapter of Road Maps.

Improving Modeling Skills: Building A System Dynamics Model, Part II [165K] (Aaron Diamond and Premraj Janardanan) (D4866)
 Mistakes and Misunderstandings: Common Formulation Errors [407K] (Lewis Kaneshiro) (D48701)
 Generic Structures: Exponential Smoothing [178K] (Kevin Stange) (D4782)
 Generic Structures: Damped Oscillations [318K] (Kamin et al) (D4690)
 Mistakes and Misunderstandings: Time Constants and Decay Fractions (Mila Getmansky) (D4679)
 Mistakes and Misunderstandings: Examining Dimensional Inconsistency (M. Shayne Gary) (D42727)
 System Dynamics Models: Tests for Building Confidence in System Dynamics Models (Jay Forrester and Peter Senge) (D29267)
 Confidence in Models of Social BehaviorWith Emphasis on System Dynamics Models (Jay Forrester) (D1967)

appendix

Road Maps Appendix

Road Maps Glossary [24K] (D4498)
A dictionary of commonly used terms in the Road Maps series.

Formulating
Models of Simple Systems Using Vensim PLE [938K] (Nelson Repenning) (D46972)
A beginner's tutorial for Vensim PLE.

Vensim Conversion
Guide [15K] (Aaron Diamond) (D4856)
Highlights some of the differences in modeling with STELLA and Vensim PLE.

System Dynamics
Model Correctness Checklist [11K] (Rebekah Wabha and Danny Lai) (D4851)
A paper that describes some important steps for constructing a system dynamics model.

Table Functions
[135K] (Lei Lei and Nathaniel Choge) (D4587)
Table functions are helpful in formulating nolinear relationships between two variables.
