What exactly is steady-state solution?
In solving differential equation, one encounters with steady-state solution. My textbook says that steady-state solution is the limit of solutions of (ordinary) differential equations when t -> infty. But the steady-state solution is given as f(t), and this means that the solution is a function of t - so what is this t being in limit?

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Steady state means some properties of the system are unchanging wrt to time. It usually occurs after some time the process is initiated. Corresponding solutions are the steady state solutions.

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Example from dynamics: You can picture for yourself a cantilever beam which is loaded by a force at its tip say: F(t)=sin(t). At t=0 the force is applied, then you get the transient state, after some time the system will become in equilibrium: the steady-state. In this state no changes are applied to the system. You can expand this thinking to other differential equations as well. Hope that helps.