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:
- Computer systems, like systems of counting or finding things
- Systems in planning, like deciding how a bridge should be made
- Systems in social science, like the way humans talk, think, and feel
- Systems in management and business, such as ideas about parts of companies
- Systems of life, such as life cycle, carbon cycle, ecosystem, or visual system
- Systems in science, such as the solar system
- Systems of symbols such as writing system or number system