Analysis of a System,

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Imagine that a major highway runs into the center of a city where most people work. It runs from the outskirts of the city through a series of residential communities that have been springing up over time farther and farther from the city. At any given time, the entire highway can be thought of as a stock of flowing traffic. That stock is incremented by every entrance ramp, and is decremented by every exit ramp. Likewise each community along the highway can be thought of as a stock of people who need to drive to the city for work. This community stock is decremented by drivers using the entrance ramps to enter the highway, and is incremented by drivers returning home via the highway exit ramps.

Using the diagramming styles and terminology found in Meadows; conduct an analysis of this system. Develop your annotated diagrams in a separate PowerPoint file that you attach with your exam submission. Your diagrams and annotations must be detailed enough to show that you have thoroughly analyzed the system and its components in order to gain insight into factors and conditions that impact traffic flow on the highway. Use the systems model you’ve developed to answer the following items:

1.How do you expect traffic flow to vary on a scale of years or decades?
2.How do you expect traffic flow to vary by day-of-week and/or hour-of-day?
3.How do you expect traffic flow to vary by distance from city center?
4.How or where does your systems model indicate potential heavy traffic or traffic jams?
5.How or where is your systems model most affected by population growth trends?
6.What are the top few variables that determine short-term traffic volume?
7.What are the top few variables that determine long-term traffic volume?
6.Make sure that you are using your systems analysis to answer these questions, using the terminology and concepts covered in Meadows to formulate your responses. Any variables or assumptions you use in your responses should be represented by annotations youve included in your diagrams.

(Book)Meadows, Donella H. (2008). Thinking in Systems: A Primer. (Edited by Diana Wright) Chelsea Green Publishing. ISBN 978-1603580557.

Complete and submit in a single Microsoft Word document, with one additional Microsoft PowerPoint file that includes the diagrams you develop for the Case Study. Responses should be typed single-spaced, with a blank line between paragraphs. Page margins should be one inch on all sides. Your writing should be in a 10- or 12-point font, and be left aligned on the page. Points will be deducted for poor writing, bad grammar, or misspellings.