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In a Calculating Mood
What an amazing power—to be able to predict your teachers’ moods—to know when they’re more likely to assign lots of homework. It may seem like magic, but in fact scientists and mathematicians have been using computer models to do exactly this kind of thing for all sorts of problems!
Alright, so it’s not likely that scientists are using computer models to predict moods, but it’s possible. Number-crunching computers these days can do millions of calculations per second, and wherever something acts a certain way based on certain inputs—or variables—a computer can run all sorts of scenarios to come up with a model of how something will react.
Computer models can have an impact on everyday life! Think about the weather forecast. Meteorologists can make predictions about the weather based on variables like last season’s temperatures, winds, ocean temperatures, land features, and much more! Want to learn more about computer models and what they’re used for? Check out this article.
Think about it!
What would you use a computer model to predict? What are the different variables your computer model would have to use?