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Operations Management, 10e (Heizer/Render)

Module F Simulation

1) Simulation has numerous applications in modern business, but few of these are in the area of operations.

Diff: 1

Topic: What is simulation?

Objective: no LO

2) All forms of simulation are based on probability or chance.

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Topic: What is simulation?

Objective: no LO

3) The idea behind simulation is threefold: (1) to imitate a real-world situation mathematically, (2) then to study its properties and operating characteristics, and (3) finally to draw conclusions and make action decisions based on the results of the simulation.

Diff: 1

Topic: What is simulation?

Objective: no LO

4) Simulation is usually capable of producing a more appropriate answer to a complex problem than can be obtained from a mathematical model.

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Topic: What is simulation?

Objective: no LO

5) Virtually all large-scale simulations take place on computers, but small simulations can be conducted by hand.

Diff: 1

Topic: What is simulation?

AACSB: Use of IT

Objective: no LO

6) One effective use of simulation is to study problems for which the mathematical models of operations management are not realistic enough.

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Objective: LO-Module F-1

7) Simulation allows managers to test the effects of major policy decisions on real-life systems without disturbing the real system.

Diff: 2

Objective: LO-Module F-1

8) Simulation provides optimal solutions to problems.

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Objective: LO-Module F-1

9) Like mathematical and analytical models, simulation is restricted to using the standard probability distributions.

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Objective: LO-Module F-1

10) Simulation models are inexpensive to design and use.

Diff: 2

Objective: LO-Module F-1

11) Simulation models, because they are based on the generation of random numbers, fail to give the same solution in repeated use to any particular problem.