I can not seem to understand a parameter. Everyone that explains it does so in language that I have to learn how a car works or something like that. I'm intelligent but I don't understand geek. Here is the text I got from wikipedia. Can someone translate into English please or just come up with some good examples. I understand examples better.
In engineering (especially involving data acquisition) the term parameter sometimes loosely refers to an individual measured item. This usage isn't consistent, as sometimes the term channel refers to an individual measured item, with parameter referring to the setup information about that channel.
"Speaking generally, properties are those physical quantities which directly describe the physical attributes of the system; parameters are those combinations of the properties which suffice to determine the response of the system. Properties can have all sorts of dimensions, depending upon the system being considered; parameters are dimensionless, or have the dimension of time or its reciprocal."
The term can also be used in engineering contexts, however, as it is typically used in the physical sciences.
Thank you for your help.