About the Simulation

Diffuse! is designed to be a two dimensional simulation of any system that exhibits diffusion. The most elementary of these systems is most likely heat transfer and for that reason, Diffuse! is easily represented as a two dimensional simulation of heat spreading. The program, however, is general enough to be used to model any of a number of systems which are modeled by the diffusion equation.

Diffuse! allows the user to draw any number of rectangles and ellipses on a palette representing the boundaries of the system. Once the shapes are drawn, the user can manipulate the temperature (or other quantity) of each shape by right-clicking on it. This invokes the Shape Inspector which gives the user the option of changing the shape attributes or declaring the temperature to be constant, a polar function, or a rectangular function.

Diffuse! was created during the Spring semester of 1996 as a project for a physics independent study class. The development environment used was Borland Delphi, with strong reliance on Wolfgang Christianís Science Tools set of Delphi components.


Written by

Supervised by

Physics 396

Davidson College, Davidson, NC, USA

April 5, 1996