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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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	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.



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Key Terms

Diffusion, Random walk, Stochastic, Two dimension, Transport Physiology

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[This page was last modified 14Mar18, 3:17 pm.]

Model development and archiving support at provided by the following grants: NIH U01HL122199 Analyzing the Cardiac Power Grid, 09/15/2015 - 05/31/2020, NIH/NIBIB BE08407 Software Integration, JSim and SBW 6/1/09-5/31/13; NIH/NHLBI T15 HL88516-01 Modeling for Heart, Lung and Blood: From Cell to Organ, 4/1/07-3/31/11; NSF BES-0506477 Adaptive Multi-Scale Model Simulation, 8/15/05-7/31/08; NIH/NHLBI R01 HL073598 Core 3: 3D Imaging and Computer Modeling of the Respiratory Tract, 9/1/04-8/31/09; as well as prior support from NIH/NCRR P41 RR01243 Simulation Resource in Circulatory Mass Transport and Exchange, 12/1/1980-11/30/01 and NIH/NIBIB R01 EB001973 JSim: A Simulation Analysis Platform, 3/1/02-2/28/07.