Steady state

Date created: 2022-05-19

It’s typically used to describe a system whose properties will be stable over time. The steady state is often achieved after a warm-up period.

In physiology we talk about Homeostasis which is essentially the same thing but in a biological context. It’s also desirable during medication; we want a dose and an interval between doses that keeps the effects of the medication stable over time.

If there are enough external pressure or stressors, the system might reach a Tipping point and move to another state, often detectable via Critical slowing down (recovery to the normal state doesn’t happen as quickly).


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