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Applied Understanding: The Rain Barrel [Systems thinking & modelling series]

This is part 28 of a series of articles featuring the book Beyond Connecting the Dots, Modeling for Meaningful Results.

Even with some of the simplest models, at times it’s difficult to intuit the likely behavior. This should be rather evident from “The Rain Barrel” model developed by Richard Turnock.

This model presents the implications of inflow and outflow on a stock that are not likely to be intuitive. This generic model is an important pre-requisite to learning about intravenous drugs in the body, radioactivity, self-esteem, water flowing from a bathtub, climate change, and many other basic natural systems.

Interactive model: The Rain Barrel

Even simplicity can be deceptive.

The Rain Barrel

Need help? See the Model instructions

Next edition: Applied Understanding: New Learning Inhibited.

Article sources: Beyond Connecting the Dots, Insight Maker. Reproduced by permission.

Header image source: Beyond Connecting the Dots.

Scott Fortmann-Roe and Gene Bellinger

Scott Fortmann-Roe, creator of Insight Maker, and Gene Bellinger, creator of SystemsWiki, have written the innovative interactive book "Beyond Connecting the Dots" to demystify systems thinking and modelling.

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