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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Functional equation question

The following has come up in the course of my research. I'm looking for a function $f:\mathbb{Z^\star}\to\mathbb{R}$ such that $$ 2f(i) - f(i+j) - f(i-j) = \lambda j $$ for all $i\ge0$ and all $j$ ...
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Solution $\chi$ of $\chi_k(x)=\chi_x(f_k(x))$ given $f_k$ bijective

Given a family $\{ f_a \}_{a\in H}$ of bijective functions over a set $H$ I need to find a family of functions $\{ \chi_a \}_{a\in H}$ from $H$ to $H$ such that for every fixed $k$ in the family ...
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Retrieving the Taylor series for $\log$ from its functional equation

Consider the unique continuous function $\mathbb{R}^+\to\mathbb{R}$ such that: $$f(xy)=f(x)+f(y),\qquad f(e)=1$$ where $\displaystyle e=1+\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{n!}$. Assuming $f$ has a ...
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Is there analytic solution to $x^y=y^x\land x\neq y$ as $y(x)$?

Equation $x^y=y^x\land x\neq y$ has trivial solution $ y(x) = x$. Is there non trivial solution given say in terms of elementary or special functions as $y(x)$? A solution that would yield $y(2) = 4$ ...
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Finding polynomials sattisfying $P\bigr(-c + K/(u+c)\bigl) (u+c)^2/K =P(u)$

Is there any simple way to find the polynomials satisfying the functional relation \begin{align*} P\left(-c + \frac{K}{u+c}\right) \frac{(u+c)^2}{K} = P(u) \tag{*} \end{align*} Where $K = ...
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How to solve $(f'(x+1)+f'(x-1))f(x)-(f(x+1)+f(x-1))f'(x)=0$

$$(f'(x+1)+f'(x-1))f(x)-(f(x+1)+f(x-1))f'(x)=0$$ I don't have any ideas about the solution of this problem. How can I solve this differential equation?
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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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show that $f(x)=c\log x $ for some $c$

Let, $f$: $\mathbb{R^+}$$\rightarrow$$\mathbb{R}$ be a continuous function satisfying $f(xy)=f(x)+f(y)$. Prove that, $f(x)=c\log x$ for some $c>0$.
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Galois Theory for Differential Equations?

Consider the set of algebraically primitive functions: that is the set of functions who can be created through some recursive expression involving arithmetic operators. Example $$y = x +1$$ $$y = ...
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Simple functional equation

I have a simple functional equation: $$ \alpha(x) = {1 \over 2}\left[\alpha\left(x - 1\right) + \alpha\left(x + 1\right)\right]\,, \qquad \alpha\left(0\right) = 1\,,\quad\alpha\left(m\right) = 0 $$ I ...
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How find this function $f(2^m)=?$

show that:there exists unique function $f:N^{+}\to N^{+}$,such $$f(1)=f(2)=1$$ and $$f(n)=f(f(n-1))+f(n-f(n-1))),n=3,4,\cdots$$ and Find $f(2^m),m>2,m\in N$ My try: let $n=3$ ,then we have ...
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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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Which $f$ 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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Characterization of arithmetic mean

Let $f_m$: $\mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}^m \to \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}$ be a series of functions that satisfy symmetry (when permuting indices), strong monotonicity (in every entry), homogeneity of degree 1, ...
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functional equations with restricted domain

How can I find all discontious solutions of functional equation $f(xy)=f(x)f(y)$ on $[0,1]$. Similar question is to find all solutions of the equation $f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)$ on $[0,\infty)$. Can we still ...
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Solutions of $f(x)\cdot f(y)=f(x\cdot y)$ [duplicate]

Can anyone give me a classification of the real functions of one variable such that $f(x)f(y)=f(xy)$? I have searched the web, but I haven't found any text that discusses my question. Answers and/or ...
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Find all continuous functions $f$ : $\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ satisfied that: $f(xy)+f(x+y)=f(xy+x)+f(y)\quad\forall x,y \in \mathbb{R}$

Find all continuous functions $f$ : $\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ satisfied that: $$f(xy)+f(x+y)=f(xy+x)+f(y)$$ $\forall x,y \in \mathbb{R}$ I have tried that : $P(y;x)-P(x;y)$: ...
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Solutions for the Functional Equation $f(x^2)=f(x)^2$

Suppose a continuous function $f:[0,1]\rightarrow [{0,1}]$ satisfies the functional equation $f(x^2)=f(x)^2$. Then I conjecture that we must have $f(x)=0$ or $f(x)=x^r$ for some real number $r\geq 0$. ...
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function equation with translation of independent variable

The following has come up in some work I'm doing: If $\frac{f(x+a)}{f(a)}=g(x)$ , where $g(x)$ is given and $a \geq 0$ is a constant, what is $f(x)$ ? We can assume that $g(x)>0 ~ \forall x$ . Of ...
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Simple Functional Equation $\frac{f(a)-f(b)}{a-b}\cdot(-a)+f(a)=-ab$

Compute all real-valued functions $f$ so that the line between any two points on the graph $f$ intersects the $x$-axis at the product of those two points' $x$-coordinates times $-1$. (if we do some ...
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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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What do logarithms distribute over?

I notice that division distributes over addition Root extraction distributes over multiplication What operator do logarithms distribute over: ie: what non-constant function $H \in C^2 \rightarrow C$ ...
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finding the value of $f(\frac{1}{7})$

$f$ is a function mapping positive reals between $0$ and $1$ to reals. Let $f$ be given by, $f( \frac{x+y}{2} ) = (1-a)f(x)+af(y)$ where $y > x$ and $a$ being a constant. Also,$f(0) = 0$ and $f(1) ...
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Solve $f^2(x)=x+f(x+1)$

If the function $f(x)$ is such that $$f^2(x)=x+f(x+1),$$ find a closed-form expression for $f$. I found $$f(x)=\sqrt{x+\sqrt{x+1+\sqrt{x+2+\sqrt{x+3+\cdots}}}}$$ is such an $f$. Does anyone have ...
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Functional Equation f(x) = f(x/2)

Find all functions $f$ satisfying the property that $$ f(x) = f(x/2) $$ for all $x \in \mathbb{R}$ So far I've come up with the following assumptions: -$f$ is periodic, i.e of form $f(x) = A ...
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Summarize my formula?

I would like to summarize my formula. $p$ and $y$ are constant value, $10000$ and $0.65$. When $n = 3$, my formula recalculate the result of $n = 2$. I don't want to recalculate. Is there way to ...
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functional equation, find $h$ continous on $\mathbf{R}$ such that $h(x) + h(2x) + h(4x) = {x^n}$

I am having trouble finding easily $h$ defined and continuous on $\mathbf{R}$ verifying for all $x$ in $\mathbf{R}$, $$ h(x) + h(2x) + h(4x) = {x^n} $$ where $n$ is a fixed natural number. I have a ...
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Really nice functional equation with second partial deratives.

Show that $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}$, $f \in C^{2}$ satisfies the equation $$\frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial x^2} - \frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial y^2} = 0$$ for all points $(x,y) \in \mathbb{R}^2$ if ...
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What is a function satisfying these constraints?

I'm looking for a monotonically increasing function $f\colon (0,1)\times(0,1)\mapsto(0,1)$ satisfying: $f(x,y)=1-f(1-y,1-x)$ If $x >\frac{1}{2}$, $f(x, y)>y$ $f(\frac{1}{2}, y)=y$ If $x ...
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Solving equation system of complex funtions

Does there exist two complex functions $f$ and $g$ satisfy below equation system? $$ \begin{cases} f=e^g\\ g=e^f \end{cases} $$ What about analytic funtions?
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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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Help with a functional equation

I am asked to find all $f : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ such that $f(x - f(y)) = f(f(y)) + 2 x f(y) + f(x) - 1$, which I solved and got that $f(x) = 1 - x^2$ -- a correct solution and everything. What ...
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On a specific non-linear partial differential equation

Given an $n$-dimensional variable $\mathbf{x}\in\mathbb{R}^n$ and the functions $h_i: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, $i=1,\dots,l$, we would like to find a solution of the following equation: ...
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Different methods to prove $\zeta(s)=2^s\pi^{s-1}\sin\left(\frac{s\pi}{2}\right) \Gamma (1-s) \zeta (1-s)$.

I've recently encountered this strangely attractive equation (Riemann's functional equation), along with Riemann's original proof. $$\displaystyle\zeta(s)=2^s\pi^{s-1}\sin\left(\frac{s\pi}{2}\right) ...
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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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A functional equation for homogeneous functions of degree zero

Let a function $F: \textbf{R}^2_{++} \rightarrow \textbf{R}$ satisfy the relation: if $F(x,y)=F(x',y')$ then $F(x,y)=F(x+x',y+y')$. It is easy to prove that under the additional assumption of ...
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If $f\colon \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is such that $f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)$ and $f'(0)$ exists, then $f$ is differentiable on $\mathbb R$

If $f\colon \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is such that $f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)$ and $f'(0)$ exists, then $f$ is differentiable on $\mathbb R$. I know how to show it is continuous but no clue how to show ...
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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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Solution of equation with special function using maths

I have the following equation with β∈[0,1] and δ∈[0,1] are 2 parameters and $\mu$, $\sigma$ are the mean and standard deviation of a random variable. Is it possible to use software to get the explicit ...
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Is every function $f : \mathbb N \to \mathbb N$ a composition $f = g\circ g$?

True or wrong: For every function $f: \mathbb N \rightarrow \mathbb N$ there is a function $g: \mathbb N \rightarrow \mathbb N$ with $f=g \circ g$.
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Differential Equation for CDF

Consider the following differential equation $$F(cx) = F(x) + x F'(x)$$ for $c>1$. Does this differential equation belong to a some well known class? Is there a way to find all the solutions ...
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Solve $\frac{d}{dx}f(x)=f(x-1)$

I am trying to find a function such that $\dfrac{d}{dx}f(x)=f(x-1)$ Is there such function other than $0$ ?
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Convert this scenario into algebra equation

Sales for the month minus the VAT @ 20% = (x). 20% of (x) is profit margin (y). 5% of (y) is commission earned (c). How can I write an equation that demonstrates the above please? I.e x - 20% of y ...
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Condition for an additive function to be continuous

The problem below is Problem 7 from this year's Miklos Schweitzer competition (contest ended Nov 4th). Suppose that $f: \Bbb{R} \to \Bbb{R}$ is an additive function (that is $f(x+y) = f(x)+f(y)$ ...
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Functional equation: $f\left(\frac{x-1}{x}\right)+ f\left(\frac{1}{1-x}\right)= 2- 2x$

There is a function given $f\left(\dfrac{x-1}{x}\right)+ f\left(\dfrac{1}{1-x}\right)= 2- 2x ,f\colon \Bbb R\setminus\{0,1\}\to \Bbb R$ How many fuction exist? I have no idea how to start
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is this expansion possible (f+g)(t)= f(t)+g(t)?

Hi if the functions were polynomials is (f+g)(t)= f(t)+g(t) possible? I am trying to integrate a function of that form
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How to find $f$ if $f(f(x))=\frac{x+1}{x+2}$

let $f:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R$,and such $$f(f(x))=\dfrac{x+1}{x+2}$$ Find the $f(x)$ My try I found $f(x)=\dfrac{1}{x+1}$ because when $f(x)=\dfrac{1}{x+1}$,then ...
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Formula for solving for Cx and Cy…

I'm trying to create a formula to find the third point in a triangle based on two known points and three known sides. Known Sides: $AB, BC, AC$ Known Points: $A(x, y), B(x, y)$ Unknown Points: ...
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Finding every possible $f(x), a\in\mathbb R$ such that ${\{f(x)\}}^2=a+f(x^2)$

Let $f(x)$ be a rational expression of $x$, and let $a$ be a real number. Then, I'm facing difficulty for finding every possible $a, f(x)$ such that $${\{f(x)\}}^2=a+f(x^2).$$ Here, suppose that ...
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Do there exist functions such that $f(f(x)) = -x$? [duplicate]

I am wondering about this. A well-known class of functions are the "involutive functions" or "involutions", which have that $f(f(x)) = x$, or, equivalently, $f(x) = f^{-1}(x)$ (with $f$ bijective). ...