“What is the reaction to an abrupt change in conditions for a system?”
Complex systems are easily controlled by external forces, such as the flip of a switch. And when these forces do cause change, they can be quite quick and drastic, changing all of the conditions of the system. And since the reaction to such changes can be very quick and drastic as well, engineers and scientists have decided to term these changes as the step responses to the system. An example of a step response includes a mechanical body’s friction to moving forces.