I know this is a quite general question , but I've always heard about creating mathematical models in economics, social sciences, engineering,... And I would want to know what are the starting points and roadmap to understand what a mathematical model is and how to create them. Thanks
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The last time I taught mathematical modeling we used Introduction to Mathematical Modeling, by Giordano, Fox, Horton, and Weir. The first part of Chapter 2 contains a nice introduction to the modeling process.
A search on Google books for mathematical modeling texts should yield some more good results.
My answer to a recent math.SE question also contains some discussion of the modeling process.
COMAP, the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications has developed lots of materials at different levels that address your question: