## General system theory: foundations, development, applications |

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where the ratio between the phases remains

may attain (certain conditions presupposed) a time-independent steady state,

where the system remains

where the ratio between the phases remains

**constant**. An open chemical systemmay attain (certain conditions presupposed) a time-independent steady state,

where the system remains

**constant**as a whole and in its (macroscopic) phases, ...Page 136

If k is a

weight); similar, with tj as

weight increase defined by the difference of these magnitudes: dw — = ijj — kw.

If k is a

**constant**for catabolism per unit mass, total catabolism will be kw (w —weight); similar, with tj as

**constant**per unit surface, anabolism will be ys, andweight increase defined by the difference of these magnitudes: dw — = ijj — kw.

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(7.2) di y dt x As can easily be seen, the allometric equation is a solution of this

function which states that the ratio of the relative increase of variable y to that of x

is

that ...

(7.2) di y dt x As can easily be seen, the allometric equation is a solution of this

function which states that the ratio of the relative increase of variable y to that of x

is

**constant**. We arrive at the allometric relation in a simple way by consideringthat ...

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### Contents

Introduction | 3 |

The Meaning of General System Theory | 30 |

Some System Concepts in Elementary Mathematical | 54 |

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