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System (Latin systēma) is a group of related things that work together as a whole. These things can be real or imaginary. Systems can be artificial things like a car's engine or natural things like a star system. Systems can also be concepts made by people to organize ideas. A subsystem is a little system within a bigger system.

Definition[change | change source]

  • A system is a group of material or non-material elements which mutually depend on each other so as to form an organised whole.[1]

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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References[change | change source]

  1. de Jouvenal, Bertrand 1967. The art of conjecture. NY: Basic Books, p74.