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Applying the Holistic Approach to the Physical Sciences and Engineering Systems

Joseph Z. Ben-Asher1
  • 1 , Israel
American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 6 No. 3, 2013, 274-281

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2013.274.281

Submitted On: 26 February 2012 Published On: 28 August 2013

How to Cite: Ben-Asher, J. Z. (2013). Applying the Holistic Approach to the Physical Sciences and Engineering Systems. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 6(3), 274-281. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2013.274.281

Abstract

The holistic approach is applied to several examples from the field of physics, engineering and systems engineering and its benefits are demonstrated. In all examples a holistic picture is used and studied while ignoring the various details of the discussed problems. Optimal control and optimal estimation approachs are used in the engineering examples. The results show that the holistic approach provides a deeper insight into the main phenomena while requiring much fewer computational resources Moreover, in all cases the details may significantly be changed yet leading to similar observed phenomena. Whenever applicable, the holistic approach is highly recommended.

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Keywords

  • Conservation Laws
  • Flexible Spacecraft
  • Optimal Control
  • Extended Kalman Filter (EKF)
  • Resources Allocation
  • Data-Fusion
  • Holistic Properties