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Teaching Complex Systems with NetLogo

NetLogo Aquarium Macro-Level Model. Image courtesy of Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Rutgers University, from NetLogo software created by Wilensky, U., 1999. Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Click image to enlarge.

NetLogo is a programmable modeling environment for modeling complex systems of natural and social phenomena that develop over time. It allows the user to control variables and observe micro and macro level patterns of behavior. NetLogo has a Models Library of simulations that can be run as they are or modified to satisfy the user's inquiry. It is a standalone application written in Java so it can run on all major platforms. From the NetLogo website , the user can download NetLogo, including the Models Library, for free, and can sign up for various mailing lists.

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