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Are Exponential and Trigonometric Functions the Only Non-Trivial Solutions to $F'(x)=F(x+a)$?

Are exponential & trigonometric functions the only non-trivial solutions to $F'(x)=F(x+a)$? $F(x)=0$ would be the trivial solution. Then, for $a=0$ (or $a=2\pi i$), we have $F(x)=e^x$, and ...
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If $f$ is not identically zero and $|f(x)| \le 1$ for $x$ $\in \mathbb{R}$, then also $|g(x)| \le 1$ for $x \in \mathbb{R}$

Suppose that $f$ and $g$ satisfy the equation $f(x+y)+f(x-y)=2f(x)g(y)$, $x$,$y$ $\in \mathbb{R}$. Show that If $f$ is not identically zero and $|f(x)| \le 1$ for $x$ $\in \mathbb{R}$, then also ...
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A problem about functional equations

We want to find all continuous functions $f:R→R$ that satisfy the equation $f(x^2+1/4)=f(x)$ for all real x. Of course -If I am right- constant functions satisfy the equation mentioned, and as well ...
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ODE in case of discontinuity

Consider a function $\varphi(x) : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ bounded and continuous and $c \in \mathbb{R}$. Question 1 Is there a unique $f : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, among all ...
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Linear after change of variables

Many interesting non-linear functions of several variables like $\|x\|^2 =\sum\limits_{k=1}^n x_k^2$ become linear in "different variables". Is there a characterization of all (continuous, ...
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About the space $u \in C([0,T];H^{s+1}) \cap C^1([0,T];H^{s})$

I am reading Taylor's Partial differential equations III (nonlinear equations) (Section 1 of Chapter 16, Theorem 1.2), and Sogge's Lectures on Non-linear wave equatuions. I notice that in the energy ...
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Solution to a general scaling problem $G(\lambda z)=\frac{G(z)}{\gamma z^n}$

When playing with the scaling problem $$G(4z)=\frac{G(z)}{2z}$$ (see also this question) I discovered, that the general problem $$G(\lambda z)=\frac{G(z)}{\gamma z}$$ with two constants ...
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Solving the differential equation $f'(x)=af(x+b)$

How does one find all the differentiable functions $f\colon \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ which satisfy the equation $$ f'(x)=af(x+b),\quad \text{for}\quad a,b \in \mathbb{R}? $$ I see that functions ...
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A functional relation which is satisfied by $\cos x$ and $\sin x$

Assume that the functions $f,g : \mathbb R\to \mathbb R$ satisfy the relations \begin{align} \left\{ \begin{array}{ll} f(x+y) &=& f(x)f(y)-g(x)g(y), \\ g(x+y) &=& f(x)g(y)+f(y)g(x), ...
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Find all functions $f:\mathbb{R}^+\to \mathbb{R}^+$ such that for all $x,y\in\mathbb{R}^+$, $f(x)f(yf(x))=f(x+y)$

Find all functions $f:\mathbb{R}^+\to \mathbb{R}^+$ such that for all $x,y\in\mathbb{R}^+$$$f(x)f(yf(x))=f(x+y)$$ A start: set y=0 to get $f(x)f(0)=f(x)$. So $f(0)=1$ unless $f$ is identically zero.
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Find all functions $f(x+y)=f(x^{2}+y^{2})$ for positive $x,y$

Find all functions $f:\mathbb{R}^{+}\to \mathbb{R}$ such that for any $x,y\in \mathbb{R}^{+}$ the following holds: $$f(x+y)=f(x^{2}+y^{2}).$$
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1answer
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Cauchy's functional equation - a generalisation? (do additive maps have to be continuous?)

If a map $f : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is additive, in the sense that $f(x + y) = f(x) + f(y)$, then it is simple to show that $f$ is $\mathbb{Q}$-linear, buy it does not need to be ...
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Uniqueness of solution for a functional equation

Let $h \in \mathcal{C}:=C([-a,a])$, where $a>0$. Prove that there exists a unique function $f \in \mathcal{C}$ such that $$ f(x)=\frac{x}{2}f\Big(\frac{x}{2}\Big)+h(x)\quad \forall x \in [-a,a]. $$ ...
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A functional equation problem

Let $f$ be a function which maps $\mathbb{Q}^{+}\to\mathbb{Q}^{+}$. And it satisfies $$ \left\{ \begin{array}{l} f(x)+f\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)=1\\ f(2x)=2f(f(x)) \end{array}\right. $$ Show that ...
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1answer
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How bad can perturbing a functional equation really make things?

A long time ago, I found occassion to find solutions to a functional equation of the following form $f(x-y) = f(x) - f(y) + \delta $ with $\delta \in \mathbb{R}.$ Using the same exact techniques as ...
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Find the value of the function at the given point.

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be a function satisfying the conditions $$\begin{align*} (1)&f\left(\frac{x+y}{2}\right)=\frac{f(x)+f(y)}{2}\\ (2)&f(0)=1\\ (3)&f'(0)=-1 ...
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Proving that $f(n)=n$ if $f(n+1)>f(f(n))$

How can we prove that if $f:\mathbb{N}\rightarrow\mathbb{N}$ is a function so that $f(n+1)>f(f(n))$ for all $n\in\mathbb{N}$ then $f(n)=n$ for all $n\in\mathbb{N}$?
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A functional equation related to the exponential function

Suppose that $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow (0,\infty)$ and $g:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ are two functions and satisfies the following relation \begin{equation} f(xy)=f(y)^{g(x)} \end{equation} ...
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Convexity conditions for $f$ and $\dfrac {1} {f}$

Let $f:\mathbb{R} _{+}\rightarrow \mathbb{R} _{+}$ be a real function. Find all conditions on $f$ under which $f$ is convex on $\left( a;b\right) \subset \mathbb{R} _{+}$$\Leftrightarrow$ $\dfrac ...
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Solution of functional equation $f(x)=-f(x-a)$

I have a problem with finding solution. I suppose it will be something like $f(x) =G(x)\Re(e^{\frac{x\pi}{a}})$, where $\Re$ is real part of a complex number, $G(x)$ periodic function whith period ...
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698 views

If $f\colon \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is such that $f (x + y) = f (x) f (y)$ and continuous at $0$, then continuous everywhere

Prove that if $f\colon\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ is such that $f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)$ for all $x,y$, and $f$ is continuous at $0$, then it is continuous everywhere. If there exists $c \in \mathbb{R}$ ...
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If $f(x + y) = f(x) + f(y)$ showing that $f(cx) = cf(x)$ holds for rational $c$

For $f:\mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}^m$, if $f(x + y) = f(x) + f(y)$ for then for rational $c$, how would you show that $f(cx) = cf(x)$ holds? I tried that for $c = \frac{a}{b}$, $a,b \in \mathbb{Z}$ ...
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Riemann's thinking on symmetrizing the zeta functional equation

In the translated version of Riemann's classic On the Number of Prime Numbers less than a Given Quantity, he quickly derives the zeta functional equation through contour integration essentially as ...
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202 views

Recurrence relations on a continuous domain

While attempting to read Shannon's paper I came across the following (p. 3): suppose $N\colon \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is a function, which for some fixed (given) set of values $t_1, t_2, \dots, ...
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The Notorious Triangle Problem

I was told this question by a friend, who said that their friend had thought about it on and off for six months without any luck. I have then had it for a while without any luck either. It is in the ...
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$f(x) + f(1-x) = f(1)$

I was discussing with a friend of mine about her research and I came across this problem. The problem essentially boils down to this. $f(x)$ is a function defined in $[0,1]$ such that $f(x) + f(1-x) ...
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How to solve the following system?

I need to find the function c(k), knowing that $$\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{c(k)}{k!}=1$$ $$\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{c(2k)}{(2k)!}=0$$ $$\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} \frac{c(2k+1)}{(2k+1)!}=1$$ ...
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How to find a function which satisfies such functional equation?

How to find a function which satisfies: $$a^x=\lim_{h\to\infty} \left( f_a \left(f_a^{[-1]}(x)+\frac xh\right)\right)^{[h]}$$ where $f^{[n]}(x)$ is the number if iterations of a function (if n=-1 ...
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Solving Series of equations

I have the following series of equations (n+2 equations n+2 variables): $k_0q_0+\lambda q_0 + c_0 = 0$ $k_1q_1+\lambda q_1 + c_1 = 0$ $k_nq_n+\lambda q_n + c_n = 0$ $q_1+q_2+....+q_n = 1$ ...
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Solving this set of quadratic equations

I have a set of quadratic equations of the form.. $ 2S_0q_0(q_0S_0 + q_1S_1 + ...... + q_iS_n)+k_0 = 0$ $ 2S_1q_1(q_0S_0 + q_1S_1 + ...... + q_iS_n)+k_1 = 0$ . . . $ 2S_nq_n(q_0S_0 + q_1S_1 ...
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1answer
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Finding $\alpha$ such that $f(\alpha(x+y))=f(x)+f(y)$

Problem taken from the link: http://web.mit.edu/rwbarton/Public/func-eq.pdf I am stating the question here For which $\alpha$ does there exists a nonconstant function $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ ...
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Solving the functional Equation $f(f(x))=f(x)+x$

Let $f$ be continuous on $\mathbb{R}$. Then how to find all continuous functions satisfying $f(f(x))=f(x)+x$
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Find polynomials such that $(x-16)p(2x)=16(x-1)p(x)$

Find all polynomials $p(x)$ such that for all $x$, we have $$(x-16)p(2x)=16(x-1)p(x)$$ I tried working out with replacing $x$ by $\frac{x}{2},\frac{x}{4},\cdots$, to have $p(2x) \to p(0)$ but then ...
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Polynomials which satisfy $p^{2}(x)-1 = p(x^{2}+1)$

Can we find a polynomial $p(x) \in \mathbb{R}$ such that $\text{deg}\ p(x)>1$ and which satisfies $$p^{2}(x)-1=p(x^{2}+1)$$ for all $x \in \mathbb{R}$. This question can be very well identified with ...