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A system (Latin systēma) is a collection of related things that interact and thus work together as a whole to collectively produce results. Each of the things that compose a system is its properties and each can either be imaginary or real. Both a car and its engine are examples of systems; a system can also be a group of concepts that was created by people to organise ideas. A subsystem is an individual system that acts as a property of a much larger system.

What systems do[change | change source]

Systems are a way to describe a set of items, or people, or things that are related. Most systems describe ways of making them work together, or why they work together already. Some systems are nothing more than a different way of looking at a problem, or thinking about a job being done.

Other systems are more like organizing books on a shelf, so that people can find things more simply, without having to search. These can be systems about how to program computers or manage people.

Types of systems[change | change source]

There are many kinds of systems. A system can refer to:

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