...System dynamics is a method for studying the world around us. Unlike other scientists, who study the world by breaking it up into smaller and smaller pieces, system dynamicists look at things as a whole. The central concept to system dynamics is understanding how all the objects in a system interact with one another. A system can be anything from a steam engine, to a bank account, to a basketball team. The objects and people in a system interact through “feedback” loops, where a change in one variable affects other variables over time, which in turn affects the original variable, and so on.
|--from the MIT System Dynamics in Education Project, http://sysdyn.clexchange.org(revised and adapted from Chapter ...|