Time lag between the input of a stimulus into a system and the response to the stimulus.
Chapter 3 - Science, Systems, Matter & Energy
See high-throughput economy.
Measure of the average speed of motion of the atoms, ions, or molecules in a substance or combination of substances at a given moment. Compare heat.
Set of components that function and interact in some regular and theoretically predictable manner.
See synergistic interaction.
Interaction of two or more factors or processes so the combined effect is greater than the sum of their separate effects.
Rate of flow of matter, energy, or information through a system. Compare input, output.
Extremely small particles--electrons, protons, and neutrons--that make up the internal structure of atoms.
Place within a system where energy, matter, or information can accumulate for various lengths of time before being released. Compare input, output, throughput.
Material that is slowly broken down into simpler chemicals or reduced to acceptable levels by natural physical, chemical, and biological processes. Compare biodegradable pollutant, degradable pollutant, nondegradable pollutant.
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