The name "functional equation" is used for problems where the goal is to find all functions satisfying the given equation (and maybe some other conditions). So in this case, solving the equation means finding all functions fulfilling the equation. (This is different from the more common use of the ...

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How to find the function $f$ that satisfies $f(x, y) = f(x^{-1}, y^{-1})^{-1}$ and $f(x, y)$ is $\approx$ $average(x, y)$?

Fist of all, I'm a programmer, not a mathematician, and I'm sorry for my non native English. And I'm sorry if the question is not appropriate, it is my first time here. Or if the question has no ...
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Show a function for which $f(x + y) = f(x) + f(y) $ is continuous at zero if and only if it is continuous on $\mathbb R$

Suppose that $f: \mathbb R \to\mathbb R$ satisfies $f(x + y) = f(x) + f(y)$ for each real $x,y$. Prove $f$ is continuous at $0$ if and only if $f$ is continuous on $\mathbb R$. Proof: ...
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How to demonstrate a particular functional equation solution

In order to find a prior probability distribution I have to solve the following functional equation: $$af\left(\frac{a\theta}{1-\theta-a\theta}\right)=(1-\theta+a\theta)^2f(\theta)$$ the solution of ...
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Failing to reproduce specific Functional derivative

I'm failing to reproduce an (indirect) result in a paper, namely $${δF[g]\overδg(x,y,z)}={r^4\over\ell^5} $$ where $F[g]=\iiint \frac{2dxdydz}{\ell g(x,y,z)} $ and $g(x,y,z)=-{\ell^2 \over r^2} $. ...
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Are there algorithms for solving simple functional equations?

So somebody posted yesterday asking a question for continuous solutions $f$ satisfying $f(x+y) = f(x)f(y)f(xy)$. Continuity could be used for a simpler proof but then somebody posted a solution ...
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Integers and funtional equation [duplicate]

Let $\Bbb{Z}^+$be the set of all non-negative integers where $n$ and $k$ are given natural numbers. We consider the following non-decreasing function, $$f:\Bbb{Z}^+ \to \Bbb{Z}^+$$ such that ...
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Functional Equation $f(mn)=f(m)f(n)$.

If $f: \mathbb N \mapsto \mathbb N$ is one-to-one and $f(mn) = f(m)f(n)$, what is the smallest possible value of $f(999)$? Easily $f(1)=1$, and I think $f(n)=n$ must be the only map, but not able to ...
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Differentiability Problem

Supposing we are given relation that $$f(xy + 1)= f(x).f(y) - f(y) - x +2$$ and also given that $$f(0)=1$$ for a differentiable function then is function one-one onto? I partially differentiated ...
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mathematical models

$S=S_{0}.\displaystyle\frac{4ae^{1/2d}}{(1+a)^2\cdot e^{a/2d}-(1-a)^2\cdot e^{-a/2d}} $ How do I find k in the above formula knowing that where $a=\sqrt{1+4ktd}$ ? Note: try to isolate k in the ...
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Functional equation involving gamma function

Recently, I found the following functional equation: $$ n^{nx-1}\cdot\prod_{k=0}^{n-1}{\Gamma{\left(x+\frac{k}{n}\right)}}=\Gamma{(nx)}\cdot\prod_{k=1}^{n-1}{\Gamma{\left(\frac{k}{n}\right)}} $$ Now ...
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Proof involving functional equation

I'm trying to prove that if $$f(x+n)=f(x)f(n)$$ for all $x\in \Bbb R$ and $n \in \Bbb N$, then it also holds for $x,n \in \Bbb R$. One "argument" I came up with was regarding the symmetry. There's no ...
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Solving the functional equation $f(xy)=f(f(x)+f(y))$

Find all functions from $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ such that for all $x$ and $y$ $$f (xy)=f (f (x)+f (y))$$ I've put $x$ and $y$ as $0$ and $1$. How to proceed after substituting if we don't ...
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Additive functional equation

Find all function $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ satisfying $$ f(x+y) = f(x) + f(y)$$ and $$ f(f(x)) = x$$ for all $x, y \in \mathbb{R}$ This is one problem involving additive functional ...
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Functional equation - Understading an easy step in my solution.

I am trying to solve the equation and find all $f: \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ such that: $f(m+f(n))=f(f(m))+f(n)$ for all $n, m \in \mathbb{N_{0}} $. A reasonable approach to begin with ...
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What is this function of 2 variables?

Can you tell me the function f(K,N) that has the following values? For my education, please also explain how you tackled the problem. ...
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Find all functions $ f:\Bbb{R}\to\Bbb{R}$ with the intermediate value property such that $\exists 1\leq n\in\Bbb{Z}, f^n(x)=-x$

I got this problem: Prove that the only function $ f:\Bbb{R}\to\Bbb{R}$ with the intermediate value property such that $\exists 1\leq n\in\Bbb{Z}, \forall x\in\Bbb{R}, f^n(x)=-x$ where $f^n =f\circ ...
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Functional equation- solving techniques

I'm basically a total novice with functional equations and have some questions regarding the solving technuiqes of them. Although, i'm adware of the lack of general solving methods, I have noticed ...
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How equal are two given numbers

I have two numbers x & y for N different readings and wish to find how close they are from each other and would like to rank the reading in order of they equalness. If I were to have the ...
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Find examples of continuous functions $f:[0,1]\to[0,1]$ that satisfy $\forall x\in[0,1], f(f(x))=f(x)$ other than $f(x)=x$

I got this problem: Find examples of continuous functions $f:[0,1]\to[0,1]$ that satisfy $\forall x\in[0,1], f(f(x))=f(x)$ other than $f(x)=x$. I proved that $f([0,1])=\{x\in[0,1]|f(x)=x\}$, But I ...
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Solving functional equation $b(x)=\int b(xy)f(y)dy$

I want to prove that given a real-valued smooth function $f$, the set of functions $b$ solving $b(x)=\int_0^{\infty} b(xy)f(y)dy$ is given by linear combinations of $x^{\sigma}$ where $\sigma$ is a ...
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Example of a non-trivial function such that $f(2x)=f(x)$

Could you give an example of a non-constant function $f$ such that $$ f(x) = f(2x). $$ The one that I can think of is the trivial one, namely $\chi_{\mathbb{Q}}$, the characteristic function on the ...
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Prove that there is no function $f:\Bbb{R}\to\Bbb{R}$ with $f(0)>0$ such that $\forall x,y\in\Bbb{R}, f(x+y)\geq f(x)+y f(f(x))$

I got this problem: Prove that there is no function $f:\Bbb{R}\to\Bbb{R}$ with $f(0)>0$ such that $\forall x,y\in\Bbb{R}, f(x+y)\geq f(x)+y f(f(x))$. (Hint: the solution involves limits at ...
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How find this all function $f(x^n+2f(y))=(f(x))^n+y+f(y)$

Question: Given a positive integer $n\ge 2$ . Find all functions $f:R\to R$, such that $$f(x^n+2f(y))=(f(x))^n+y+f(y)$$ let $x=0,y=0,a=f(0)$ then $$f(2f(0))=(f(0))^n+0+f(0)\Longrightarrow ...
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What functions satisfy this functional equation?

$$f(x)-g(x)=f(g(x))$$ How could I find an f(x) and g(x) that satisfy this?
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At most n functions

Some background: I was trying to solve the functional equation f(f(x))=sin(x). I realized that $f(\pi n)$ is a root of f for all integers n, because $f(f(\pi n))=\sin(\pi n)=0$. Thus, we can write f ...
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Finding all real valued functions that satisfy $f(f(y) + xf(x)) = y + (f(x))^2$

I would like some help with finding all real valued functions that satisfy this equation: $f(f(y) + xf(x)) = y + (f(x))^2$ I tried the usual substitutions like $x = y = 0$, but my experience with ...
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Find all functions: $f:C\rightarrow C$

Find all functions $f:C\rightarrow C$ such that $f(x)=(x-f(0))(x-f(\pi))(x-f(-\pi))$ Extension: Find all $f:C\rightarrow C$ such that $f(x)=(x-f(0))(x-f(\pi))(x-f(-\pi))(x-f(2\pi))(x-f(-2\pi))\cdots ...
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Writing roots of f(x) as f(a) for some a

I was solving a problem when this random thought popped into my head. Suppose you have a function, say $f(x)=x^2-1=(x-1)(x+1)$. The roots of this function are $-1$ and $-1$. We can write these roots ...
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Does there exist a solution of that system of functional equations?

Does there exist a non-constant rational function $f(x)$ (i. e. a ratio of two polynomials in $x$ over the reals) which simultaneously satisfies $f(x)=f(1-x)$ and $f(x)=f\left(\frac 1 x \right)$ on ...
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How find this function such $f(2010f(n)+1389)=1+1389+1389^2+1389^3+\cdots+1389^{2010}+n$

Question: Find all function: $f:N\to N$, such that $$f(2010f(n)+1389)=1+1389+1389^2+1389^3+\cdots+1389^{2010}+n,\forall n\in N$$ Maybe this is 2010 Mathematical olympiad problem.But I ...
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How to solve the following delay differential equation?

What is the solution for the following equation? $$\frac\partial{\partial q}f(s,q)= \frac s2 f(s+2,q)$$ Note, it is known that the solution for $$\frac\partial{\partial q}f(s,q)= s f(s+1,q)$$ ...
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Extract independent paramets

I have a 2-variable function which depends also on a number of parameters (6 to be exact) $f(x,y; c1, c2, c3, .. c6)$. The explicit form is quite complicated so I will not give it here. It suffices to ...
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How do I find and list compositions for (f) and (g)?

Ok, I've literally just spent the last 2 hours just to figure out two compositions problems for homework, and I've about had it. Anyone here that can help? Problem 1 $$ f(x) = 2x(2) - x -3 $$ $$ ...
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Solution of functional equation

i know the solutions of the well known Cauchy-functional-equation $f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)$ But what does it change if i have the following form $f(x+g(y))=f(x)+f(g(y))$ ? what can i say about g? ...
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Cauchy's functional equation with polynomial

Let $f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a continuous function that satisfies $$ f(u+av)=f(u) + f(av) + P_n(u,v) $$ where $a$ is a known constant and $P_n(u,v)$ is a polynomial in $u$ and $v$ of ...
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equation I don't understand [closed]

So this teacher of mine will give 10 point to the first who solves this equation I want a interpretation (Structure) B that satisfies phi: yhanks in advance, I know I can't ask things like this but ...
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Is there such a function $f:R\rightarrow R$?

Is there such a function $f:\mathbb R\rightarrow\mathbb R$, that for any real $x$ and $y$, we have the equality: $$ \frac{f(x)+f(y)}{2}=f\left({\frac{x+y}{2}}\right)+|x+y|\;\;\;? $$
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The existence of integral equations solution for a 2-dimensional unknown function

Suppose $f(\cdot,\cdot)\in C[0,1]^2$ is a kernel. $f$ is integratble $\int_0^1\int_0^1 f(x,y)dxdy<\infty$. $a,b\in C[0,1]$ are known functions, and $z(\cdot,\cdot)\in C[0,1]^2$ is a 2-dimensional ...
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Width of the Eiffel Tower as a function of height?

In the preface of Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 2nd Ed. by Zill and Cullen, it is claimed that the function relating the width of the Eiffel Tower as to the distance from its top, $x \mapsto ...
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How do you solve $f'(x) = f(f(x))$?

A friend told me to solve the following differential equation: $$f'(x)=f(f(x))$$ I have no idea how to solve this! This doesn't seem to be an ordinary differential equation and I can't even solve ...
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Characterizing functions which satisfy de Moivre's theorem

Let $f$ and $g$ be two non-zero functions $ \mathbb R \to \mathbb R $ which are continuous and differentiable everywhere. Furthermore, say that for all integer $n$: $$ (f(\theta) + i g(\theta))^n = ...
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Evaluation of a class of continued fractions

Is there a closed-form way of writing the continued fraction: $$ 1 + \frac{2}{3+ \frac{4}{5 + \frac{6}{7 + ...}}} $$ EDIT: Since the above has been determined as $\frac{1}{\sqrt{e}-1}$, is there a ...
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Solve the function from the composition [duplicate]

I have equations as follows $$f(f(x))=x^2+x$$ Then solve for $f(x)$. Can anyone give some hints about this question?
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how to get $ f(x) $ if we know $ f(f(x))=x^2+x $

how to get $ f(x) $ if we know $ f(f(x))=x^2+x $ Is there elementary function of $f(x)$ satisfy the equation?
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How to solve this finite-difference equation?

How to solve the following finite-differences equation: $$f(x) = f(x-1) + f(x-\sqrt{2}), \quad x\in [\sqrt{2}, +\infty) \,?$$ Let's say $f(x) = f_0(x)$ for $x \in [0, \sqrt{2})$ is a given function. ...
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Rotate an implicit surface

Say I have a the implicit equation: $F(x,y,z)=(x^2+y^2+z^2+R^2-r^2)^2-4R^2(x^2+y^2)$ for $R>r>0$. Which gives me a torus laying on the XY plane. How can I modify the equation that it might lie ...
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unknown function: calculation of coefficients in series expansion up to a given degree

I am trying to solve an functional equation of unknown $h\mapsto h(x)$ ($x\in\mathbb{R}$, in the neighbourhood of $0$): $$\mathcal{F}(h)=\mathcal{G}(h) \qquad (*)$$ (assume $\mathcal{F}$ and ...
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How to write a summation function that counts the number of nodes in a tree?

I come from a programming background and am interested in learning how to represent some things as simple equations, as an entry into thinking mathematically. How do you represent a tree structure as ...
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Solve for $f(x)$ if $f(f(x))=6x-f(x)$

If $f: [0,\infty) \rightarrow [0,\infty)$ and $f(f(x))=6x-f(x)$ $f(x)>0$ $ \forall x \in (0,\infty) $ Find f(x)
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Continuity of function where $f(x+y) = f(x)f(y) ~~\forall x, y \in \mathbb{R}$.

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a function which satisfies $f(x+y) = f(x)f(y) ~~\forall x, y \in \mathbb{R}$ is continuous at $x=0$, then it is continuous at every point of $\mathbb{R}$. ...