# RandomWalk2D

Random walk diffusion in two dimensions with choice of fixed step size, random step size, random direction and step size.

Model number: 0372

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## Description

This model simulates the simplest of the diffusion problems, that of one particle moving in two dimensions with equivalent directional diffusivities. This simulation utilizes a random number generator to calculate the x and y movement of any given step in the random walk process. In the visualization above a set of nstep moves are made which are shown in green. At the end of every nstep moves, an endpoint is reached and a mark is made which is indicated by the red star. After nmark sets of nstep moves the simulation ends. For each step, two random numbers are chosen from a uniform distribution between 0 and 1. If the user has chosen fixed steps, the x and y steps are plus or minus 1 dependent on whether the random numbers are greater than a half. If the user has chosen variable steps, the random numbers are scaled to be between -1 and +1. If the user has chosen angle and step random, the step is the first random number and the direction multiplies the second random number by 2*PI.

Random walk with every 80th point marked in red.

## Equations

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## References

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[This page was last modified 02Nov16, 2:41 pm.]

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