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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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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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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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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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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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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 $\mathbb{R}$. ...
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Identifying the exponential function $f(x)=e^x$ from its functional equation

Prove that if $f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)$ for all $x,y$ and $f(x)=1+xg(x)$ where $\lim_{x\to 0}g(x)=1$, then: a) $\exists f'(x)$ $\forall x$ b) $f(x)=e^x$ I would really appreciate your help.
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Convergence of sum of antiderivative and derivative

This question is inspired by this question: Solutions for $ \frac{dy}{dx}=y $?. It makes me wonder if there are any function where the sum of all antiderivative and derivative converges. The ...
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Functions $f$ such that $f(x)+f(-x)=f(x)f(-x)$

I was looking for examples of real valued functions $f$ such that $f(x)+f(-x)=f(x)f(-x)$. Preferably, I'd like them to be continuous, differentiable, etc. Of course, there are the constant functions ...
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Find $f$ such that $\frac{d^2}{dx^2}f(x)=f(\sqrt{x})$

Which non-constant functions $f$ (if any) satisfy $\dfrac{d^2}{dx^2}f(x)=f(\sqrt{x})$ for $x>0$? I suspect there is no $f$ which satisfies the differential equation, but I cannot prove this.
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Functional equation and fixed points

Let $f$ be strictly increasing and such that $f(x)+f^{-1}(x)+1=e^x$. Is it true that $f$ has at most one fixed point? I am told the answer is yes, but I am having trouble proving it. It's obvious ...
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Higher Order Functional Equations

A common point of study is the theory of functional equations first encountered in Calculus and from there built up with the calculus of finite differences (And ultimately functional analysis) which ...
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A function satisfying $f(\frac1{x+1})\cdot x=f(x)-1$ and $f(1)=1$?

$f:[0,\infty)\to\mathbb{R}$ is a continuous function which satisfies $f(1)=1$ and: $$f(\frac1{x+1})\cdot x=f(x)-1$$ Does there exist such a function, if they do, are there infinitely many? And is ...
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Can Duhamel's Formula be applied Functional Equations?

Consider an n'th order linear Differential Equation of the form $$y^{[n]} = a_0(x) + a_1(x)y + a_2(x)y' + a_3(x)y'' \ ... \ + a_{n-1}(x)y^{[n-1]}$$ It is well known that to solve this we can create ...
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functions satisfying $f(x)=2f(2x)$

How can I prove every smooth real function f satisfying $f(x)=2f(2x)$ is of the from $f(x)=k/x$ where $k$ is a constant? I have tried this for integers that can be divided by $2^n$, but then I cannot ...
7
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2answers
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Continuous functions that satisfies $f(x) + f(1-x) + f(\sqrt{x^2+(1-x)}) = 0$ and $f(\frac12)=0$

$f:[0,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is a continuous function which satisfies $$ f(x) + f(1-x) + f\left(\sqrt{x^2+(1-x)}\right) = 0 \text{ and } f\left(\tfrac12\right)=0. $$ Can someone give explicit ...
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1answer
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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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Determine the smallest number P

I have here a hard problem, which I couldn't solve. Denote $M$ the set of all functions $f:[0,1]\to\mathbb{R}$ with the following properties: $f(x)\ge0, \forall x$ in $[0,1]$, $f(1)=1$, $f(x+y)\ge ...
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1answer
190 views

Solve the functional equation $\,\,f(2x)=2x f^\prime(x)$

If $f(x)$ is a real analytic functions on $\mathbb R$, and $$2xf'(x)=f(2x),$$ then find $f(x)$. My idea: express $f$ as: $$f(x)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a_{n}x^n.$$ Thank you
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Find all functions ${\rm f} :{ \mathbb R}_{+}\to{ \mathbb R}_{+}$

Find all functions ${\rm f}:{\mathbb R}_{+} \to {\mathbb R}_{+}$ , such that $\forall\ x,y \in \mathbb R_+$ the equation $$ \left[1 + y{\rm f}\left(x\right)\right]\left[1 - y{\rm f}\left(x + ...
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Find all bijections $\,\,f:[0,1]\rightarrow[0,1],\,$ which satisfy $\,\,f\big(2x-f(x)\big)=x$.

A friend of mine gave me the following problem: Find all functions $f:[0,1]\to[0,1]$, which are one-to-one and onto and satisfy the following functional relation: $$ f\big(2x-f(x)\big)=x, \tag{1} $$ ...
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How to find all polynomials P(x) such that $P(x^2-2)=P(x)^2 -2$?

I am trying the fallowing exercise : Solve $P(X^2 -2)=P(X)^2 -2$ with P a monic polynomial (non-constant) My attempt : Let P satisfying $P(X^2-2) = (P(X))^2-2$ Then $Q(X)=P(X^2-2) = (P(X))^2-2$ ...
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How prove there is no continuous functions $f:[0,1]\to \mathbb R$, such that $f(x)+f(x^2)=x$.

Prove that there is no continuous functions $f:[0,1]\to R$, such that $$ f(x)+f(x^2)=x. $$ My try. Assume that there is a continuous function with this property. Thus, for any $n\ge 1$ and all ...
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1answer
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When can an arbitrary function be put into this form?

A problem I've been trying to address but not been able to get very far with is to devise a method to check whether or not some function $q(x)$ can be written like $$ q(x) = ...
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1answer
160 views

Functional equations leading to sine and cosine

This question is a possibly harder version of: Find $g'(x)$ at $x=0$. Question. Let $f,g :\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$, such that \begin{align} f(x-y)=f(x)\, g(y)-f(y)\, g(x), \tag{1}\\ g(x-y)=g(x)\, ...
3
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2answers
317 views

Find a solution for f(1/x)+f(1+x)=x

Title says all. If f is an analytic function on the real line, and $f(1/x)+f(x+1)=x$, what, if any, is a possible solution for $f(x)$? Additionally, what are any solutions for $f(1/x)-f(x+1)=x$?
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1answer
349 views

Find $f(x)$ where $ f(x)+f\left(\frac{1-x}x\right)=x$

What function satisfies $ f(x)+f\left(\frac{1-x}x\right)=x$ ?
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1answer
180 views

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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Which functions satisfy the equation $\,\,f(x)\,f(y)-f(x+y)=\sin x\,\sin y\,$?

Find all continuous functions $f$ which satisfy the functional equation $$ f(x)\,f(y)-f(x+y)=\sin x\,\sin y, $$ for all $x,y\in\mathbb R$. I can prove that $f(n\pi)=\cos\left(n\pi\right)$ for all ...
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1answer
54 views

Solving limit equations

Notice the following: all first order differential equations take on the form: $$G(x,f(x),\frac{d}{dx}[f(x)]) = 0 $$ notice that we can replace $\frac{d}{dx}[f(x)]$ with the expression $$ ...
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2answers
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Is this $f$ a linear function?

My question is related to this as I posted earlier. But this time, we drop certain conditions: Suppose $f:[a,b]\to\mathbb{R}$ be continuous and there exists a sequence $(\alpha_n)_{n=1}^{\infty}$ ...
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How to prove that $f(f(x))=-x$ implies that $f$ is not continuous? [duplicate]

I am trying to prove that: Given an $f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, if $f(f(x))=-x$ then $f$ is not continuous? any help? Thank you!
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0answers
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Integral Functional Equation

If $f(x) = 1 + \int_{x/c}^1 f(t) dt$, find $f(x)$ in terms of $c$. This problem was inspired by trying to find the expected value of the longest increasing subsequence $a_1, a_2, a_3, \cdots, a_n$ ...
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2answers
130 views

What method is used to find the expression of a function?

Hi everybody I've found some difficulties in this exercise please could you give me help: let $f$ continuous function in $\mathbb R$ $$\forall(x;y)\in\mathbb R, f (x+y) + f(x-y) = 2(f(x)+f(y))$$ 1 - ...
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1answer
145 views

A Functional Differential Equation

I was having a play with some trig. identities and noticed the following: $\cos{x}=\frac{\sin{2x}}{2\sin{x}}$ Now, $\cos{x} = \frac{d}{dx}\sin{x}$ so I made the following analogous differential ...
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1answer
148 views

Function $f(x)$ such that $f(x-i)+f(x)=\frac{1}{x^2}$

Help me find a function $f(x)$ such that $$f(x-i)+f(x)=\frac{1}{x^2}$$ where $i$ is the imaginary unit.
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1answer
35 views

A question on functional equations.

Question: If it is given that $$ e^xf(x) = 2 + \int_0^x\sqrt{1+x^4}\,dx $$ then what is the value of $ \dfrac {d} {dx} \Big(f^{-1}(x)\Big)\Bigg|_{x=2} $ Where I am stuck: Now, since we are to ...
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1answer
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Find $f(x)$ from $2f'(x)-3f'(1/x)=x$

Find $f(x)$ given that $2f'(x)-3f'(1/x)=x$ Also, is it possible to do this without integration?
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1answer
70 views

Functional equations very like the Taylor Series

Let $g(x,y)=0$ be a closed curve, that means, any point inside that curve satisfies $g(x,y)<0$ and any point outside that curve satisfies $g(x,y)>0$. Given a point $(a,b)$ outside the curve ...
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2answers
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Integral equation that's cant solve… Need a hand [closed]

Help me solve this integral equation, I'm having some troubles... I need to use the Fredholm method for second kind integral equations. $$\phi(x)= \sin(x)+ \lambda \int_{0}^{\pi}\cos(2x+y)\phi ...
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3answers
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Functional equation $f(xy)=f(x)+f(y)$

I want to prove the following claim: If $f:(0,\infty)\to\mathbb{R}$ satisfying $f(xy)=f(x)+f(y)$, and if $f$ differentiable on $x_0=1$, then $f$ differentiable for all $x_0>0$. Thank you.
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802 views

Does $f(x) = f(2x)$ for all real $x$, imply that $f(x)$ is a constant function?

If a Continuous function $f(x)$ satisfies $f(x) = f(2x)$, for all real $x$, then does $f(x)$ necessarily have to be constant function? If so, how do you prove it? If not any counter examples?
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3answers
277 views

$f(x^2) = 2f(x)$ and $f(x)$ continuous

I ran into a problem recently where I obtained the following constraint on a function. $$f(x^2) = 2f(x) \,\,\,\, \forall x \geq 0$$ and the function $f(x)$ is continuous. Can we conclude that $f(x)$ ...
16
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1answer
454 views

Functions $f$ satisfying $ f\circ f(x)=2f(x)-x,\forall x\in\mathbb{R}$.

How to prove that the continuous functions $f$ on $\mathbb{R}$ satisfying $$f\circ f(x)=2f(x)-x,\forall x\in\mathbb{R},$$ are given by $$f(x)=x+a,a\in\mathbb{R}.$$ Any hints are welcome. Thanks.
7
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4answers
665 views

If $f(x/2)=f(x)/2$, then $f(x)=f'(0)x$

Let $f:\mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ be differentiable such that $f(x/2)=f(x)/2$ for any $x\in \mathbb R$. How can I prove that $f(x)=f'(0)x$, for any $x\in \mathbb R$? It seems easy, but I don't know why, ...
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1answer
178 views

Integral Inequality $|f''(x)/f(x)|$

Let $f$ be a $C^2$ function in $[0,1]$ such that $f(0)=f(1)=0$ and $f(x)\neq 0\,\forall x\in(0,1).$ Prove that $$\int_0^1 \left|\frac{f{''}(x)}{f(x)}\right|dx\ge4$$
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4answers
589 views

The functional equation $f(x)+f(y)+f(z)+f(x+y+z)=f(x+y)+f(y+z)+f(z+x)$

How to find the all continuous functions $f\colon \mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ such that $f(x)+f(y)+f(z)+f(x+y+z)=f(x+y)+f(y+z)+f(z+x)$
5
votes
6answers
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What function satisfies $x^2 f(x) + f(1-x) = 2x-x^4$?

What function satisfies $x^2 f(x) + f(1-x) = 2x-x^4$? I'm especially curious if there is both an algebraic and calculus-based derivation of the solution.
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2answers
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Positive twice differential decreasing function, is it convex?

If g is a positive, twice differentiable function that is decreasing and has limit zero at infinity, does g have to be convex? I am sure, from drawing a graph of a function which starts off as being ...