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stable equilibrium

[′stā·bəl ‚ē·kwə′lib·rē·əm]
(science and technology)
Equilibrium in which any departure from the equilibrium state gives rise to forces or influences which tend to return the system to equilibrium.

stable equilibrium

The condition of a structure in equilibrium; when a slight disturbance is applied to the structure and then removed, the structure returns to its equilibrium position. Compare with unstable equilibrium.
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Among all eigenvalues of the Jacobian matrices for the above equilibriums at 115km/h, X_(s4-115) is only stable equilibrium.
f] increases, the stable equilibrium point will move to the unstable saddle point.
This is a mechanism that can stop gravitational collapsing and that can sustain stable equilibrium.
delta] > -[sigma]/(f - [lambda] - [sigma]), the saddle-point equilibrium replaces the unconditional stable equilibrium.
As a convex set, the image of the energy-Casimir map is convexly generated by the images of the stable equilibrium of system (1), namely,
The Radcliffe-Brownian model treats tribal groups as isolated, closed societies which exist throughout time in stable equilibrium.
The study looks for evolutionarily stable equilibrium behaviours, in which females are doing as well as they can against male behaviour and males are doing as well as they can against female behaviour.
Unfortunately we know only too well: the endurance of suffering can upset life's most stable equilibrium, can shake the firmest foundations of confidence, and even leads people to despair of the meaning and value of life," the Pope said.
In general (but not always), the system also has a stable equilibrium state, corresponding to a larger value of the particle radius.
So Professor Alfred Marshall, indicating in the preface to his Principles of Economics the leading ideas by which he was inspired, says 'the demand for a thing is a continuous function, of which the "marginal" increment is a stable equilibrium balanced against the correspondent increment of its cost of production'.
This corresponds to a unique and stable equilibrium of n movable unit charges on that interval.
1], as we turn the nut N, the stable equilibrium point remains x = 0.