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19) states that u is a linear combination of the columns of M@), it follows that these columns must lie in this subspace. 22) Now M@) is either an n X n or an r X r matrix. Let p = n - d in the first case, and r - d in the second. 22) implies that M@) has at least p zero eigenvalues. 2 1) and a perturbation in the corresponding eigenspace (space spanned by the corresponding eigenvectors) takes the system into a new steady state. Thus there is a p-dimensional set of steady states near any particular steady state.

If Ap > 1, 7' < T , so events take place faster than before. Stability does not depend on the dynamical time scale, so @,j) and (Ah, pj) have exactly the same stability classification. Suppose the equations have a limit cycle oscillation and x i ( t ) oscillates between x y and x y . The range of x i ( t ) is A x j = x y - xlY" > 0. 60) We can always satisfy the condition h > ho by choosing A large enough. Assume A > 1. 60), AX; = A X i / A , so AX; < A X i . Hence the amplitude of the oscillation decreases.

To prove that +Kc is an isomorphism, we show that each pc E D, is the image of a unique p, E D,. The first n components of each p, E D , form + 30 B. L. 35). 21). A unique physical steady state is specified by Xoand yo. 5) to obtain C. The vectors k and C have p(k,C) steady states and the one with Xo and vo has, by convention, a particular value of i. Hence every p, E D, is the image of a unique p, E D,, so is an isomorphism. As an aid to understanding the relationship between stoichiometric network analysis and thermodynamic approaches, we now introduce the thermodynamic parameters.