Shock is a stimulus applied to a system. A mechanical shock is a sudden acceleration or deceleration. A drop, strike, kick, earthquake or explosions are examples of shock. The term shock is used to describe matter that is subjected to force with respect to time. The impulse can be short making the change in velocity quite large. Shock can be viewed as a vector that has units of a rate of change of velocity. The unit g represents multiples of the acceleration of gravity.

A shock load is one way destructive vibrations are introduced into a system.

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