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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solving a functional equation using given values

Moderator Note: This is a current contest question on Brilliant.org. The current contest ends on 13 October 2013, after which time this question will be unlocked. A Function $f$ from the ...
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How find all $f(x)$ such $f(x\cdot f(y))=\cdots $

Let $k$ be a given real number. Find all the functions $f:\mathbb R\longrightarrow\mathbb R$ such that $$f(x\cdot f(y))=y\cdot f(x)+kxy\,.$$ My try: let $x=y=0$ then $$f(0)=0$$ and $x=1,y=1$, then ...
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How to identify this power series as $k\sin(k/x)$?

In this question, a functional equation is solved for functions with a power series. We find a recursive formula: (copied from the answer by user achille hui) \begin{align} ( 2^1 - 3 ) a_2 &= 0\\ ...
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Does $f(\mathbf x _1 + \mathbf c ,…,\mathbf x _n + \mathbf c)=f(\mathbf x _1 ,…,\mathbf x _n)$ imply…

I'm trying to prove the following claim: Let $\mathbf x _1,...,\mathbf x_n\in \mathbf R ^p$ and $f:\mathbf R ^p \times ... \times \mathbf R ^p \ \ \text{(n times!)}\rightarrow \mathbf R.$ Suppose ...
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How find this function $f(1+xy)=f(x)f(y)+f(x+y)$

let $f:\mathbb R\longrightarrow \mathbb R$,and for any real numbers $x,y$ have $$f(1+xy)-f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)$$ and $f(-1)\neq 0$. Find the $f(x)$ My try:let $x=y=0$,then we have $$f(1)-f(0)=[f(0)]^2$$ ...
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Solution of Equation $ 1 + x + \frac{1\cdot3}{2!}x^2 + \frac{1\cdot3\cdot5}{3!}x^3 + \ldots = \sqrt{2} $

I have an equation whose left side is a infinite series . I can solve the equation if I am able to find a close form of the series . The equation is as follows : $$ 1 + x + \frac{1\cdot3}{2!}x^2 + ...
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There is non-trivial function satisfy the given condition?

Let $f:[0,1]\to\Bbb{R}$ to be a function satisfying that $$ f(x)=\begin{cases} \frac{f(2x)}{2} &\text{if }x<1/2 \\ \frac{f(2x-1)}{2}+\frac{1}{2} & \text{if } x\ge1/2\end{cases} \qquad ...
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Minimum period of function such that $f\left(x+\frac{13}{42}\right)+f(x)=f\left(x+\frac{1}{6}\right)+f\left(x+\frac{1}{7}\right) $

Let $ f$ be a function from the set of real numbers $ \mathbb{R}$ into itself such for all $ x \in \mathbb{R},$ we have $ |f(x)| \leq 1,f(x)\neq constant $ and ...
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Real Analysis Proofs: Additive Functions

I'm new here and could really use some help please: Let $f$ be an additive function. So for all $x,y \in \mathbb{R}$, $f(x+y) = f(x)+f(y)$. Prove that if there are $M>0$ and $a>0$ such that ...
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Functional equation for scale invariant utility functions

Two utility functions $u,v:\mathbb{R}_{>0}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ (giving the utility of, say, an amount of money) are considered equivalent if $u(x)$ is given by $m\,v(x)+c$, for some constants $c$ ...
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Alternatives to percentage for measuring relative difference?

If the value of something changes from $\;a\;$ to $\;b\;$, their relative difference can be expressed as a percentage: $$ \newcommand{\upto}{\mathop\nearrow} (D0) \;\;\; a \upto b \;=\; (b-a)/a ...
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Is Zorn's lemma necessary to show discontinuous $f\colon {\mathbb R} \to {\mathbb R}$ satisfying $f(x+y) = f(x) + f(y)$?

A UC Berkeley prelim exam problem asked whether an additive function $f\colon {\mathbb R} \to {\mathbb R}$, i.e. satisfying $f(x + y) = f(x) + f(y)$ must be continuous. The counterexample involved ...
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how to solve a third degree equation of complex roots and coefficients

It's not a homework it came in one of our exams and I didn't find anything on the internet that is a high-school level. please give me any hint or answer to solve this in a noncomplicated way. solve ...
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Assist me to obtain an equation please?

I have a plot which contain large number of points. I want to find an equation that calculates the percentage of a certain number of these points $(x,y)$, the ones having $x>5$ and $y>80$. In ...
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A simple but weird functional equation

Let $f$ be a function $f:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$. Find all functions $f$ that satisfy: $$f(x^2+x+3)+2f(x^2-3x+5)=x^2-x+ \frac{18}{4} + \frac{111}{444} + \frac{222}{333}$$ Maybe the question is ...
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Find all continous functions satistying $ f(x) = f(x^{2} + \frac{x}{3} + \frac{1}{9})$ for all $x \in \mathbb{R}$

The problem I am trying to solve now is to find all continous functions satistying $f(x) = f(x^{2} + \frac{x}{3} + \frac{1}{9})$ for all $x \in \mathbb{R}$ It is the first time for me to face this ...
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when does $f(a)^{f(b)}=f(a^b)$?

First $\text{f}\left( 1 \right)=1$ beacause $\text{f}\left( a \right)^{\text{f}\left( 1 \right)}=\text{f}\left( a \cdot 1 \right)$, and $\log_{\text{f}\left( a \right)} \text{f}\left( a ...
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Equation for finding maze solvability

I am programming a game where users can edit the state of a maze. The state of each vertical and horizontal wall (present/not present, on/off, 1/0, etc...) is stored in a database and then referenced ...
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Polynomials $P(x)$ satisfying $P(2x-x^2) = (P(x))^2$

I am looking (to answer a question here) for all polynomials $P(x)$ satisfying the functional equation given in the title. It is not hard to notice (given that one instinctively wants to complete the ...
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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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Many other solutions of the Cauchy's Functional Equation

By reading the Cauchy's Functional Equations on the Wiki, it is said that On the other hand, if no further conditions are imposed on f, then (assuming the axiom of choice) there are infinitely ...
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$f(x)=f(x^2+ 1/4)$ , $f$ is continuous from $\mathbb{R}$ to $\mathbb{R}$

Find all continous functions $f\colon\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ satisfying $f(x)=f(x^2+ 1/4)$ What I've tried so far: suppose that $f$ is one-one thus $x=x^2+1/4$ ... $x=1/2$ then ...
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A functional equation over a circle

I am interested in the functional equation $$f(r \cos \phi)+f(r\sin \phi)=f(r),\qquad r\geq 0,\ \ \phi\in[0,\pi/2].$$ Let's assume that $f:[0,\infty)\to\mathbb R$ is monotone. Clearly, $f(x)=ax^2$ is ...
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why is it constant?

$f$ is a function from $\Bbb R$ to $\Bbb R$: $\frac{f(x+y)}{(x+y)} - (x+y)^2 = \frac{f(x-y)}{(x-y)} - (x-y)^2$ for all $x$ and $y$ the solution book just says "Thus $\frac{f(x)}{x} - x^2$ is a ...
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How to calculate straight line into graph having variety of different results

How to calculate straight line into graph having variety of different results. What I mean for example let say we have this kind of results (measuring persons weight ...
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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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Functional equation (show that)

Show that there does not exist a function $f:\mathbb N\to \mathbb N$ which satisfy a) $f(2) = 3$ b) $f(mn) = f(m)\cdot f(n)$ for all $m,n \in \mathbb N$ c) $f(m) < f(n)$ whenever $m < n$
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Functional Equation (no. of solutions): $f(x+y) + f(x-y) = 2f(x) + 2f(y)$

Find all the functions $f\colon\mathbb{Q} \to \mathbb{Q}$ such that $f(x+y) + f(x-y) = 2f(x) + 2f(y)$, for all rationals $x,y$.
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Finding every $n$ such that there exists a $n$-th degree polynomial which satisfies $f(x^2+1)={f(x)}^2+1$ [duplicate]

I'm interested in functional equation. I've been thinking about the following functional equation: $$f(x^2+1)={f(x)}^2+1\ \ \ \cdots(\star).$$ I found several functions such as $f(x)=x, x^2+1, ...
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Proof read of functional equations

My teacher gave me this functional equation as an excercise $$f(x+f(y))=x+f(f(y))\,\, \forall\,\, x,y \in \mathbb{R}$$ If $f(2)=8$, calculate $f(2005)$ So my solution was For every $y$, let ...
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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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Determine the polynomials $p(x)$ satisfying $x\cdot p(x-1) = (x-26)\cdot p(x)$

Determine the polynomials $p(x)$ satisfying $x\cdot p(x-1) = (x-26)\cdot p(x)$. My Solution: Put $x=0$, we get $p(0) = 0$, Similarly put $x=26,$ we get $p(26) = 0$. That means $x=0,26$ are two roots ...
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$g(x+y)+g(x)g(y)=g(xy)+g(x)+g(y)$ for all $x,y$.

Find all functions $g:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ with $g(x+y)+g(x)g(y)=g(xy)+g(x)+g(y)$ for all $x,y$. I think the solutions are $0, 2, x$. If $g(x)$ is not identically $2$, then $g(0)=0$. I'm trying ...
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Find $f(x)$ such that $f(f(x)) = x^2 - 2$

Find all $f(x)$ satisfying $f(f(x)) = x^2 - 2$. Presumably $f(x)$ is supposed to be a function from $\mathbb R$ to $\mathbb R$ with no further restrictions (we don't assume continuity, etc), but ...
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Does one have to check some additional hypothesis to apply the implicit function theorem for infinite dimensional spaces?

Let $L : B_1 \rightarrow B_1$ be an isomorphism of Banach spaces (i.e., L is a bijective bounded linear operator) and $A: B_1 \rightarrow B_2$ a non linear operator. Consider the following equation ...
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Mean density of the nontrivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function

As part of my MSc I am reviewing a paper. The paper is a review on the statistical distribution of the unfolded zeros (see below) of the Reimann functional equation. In the paper there is a sentence: ...
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A functional power series equation

I am interested in solving the following functional equation: $$(1-w-zw)F(z,w)+zw^nF(z,w^2)=z-zw\,.$$ Here $n\geq2$ is a fixed integer and $F(z,w)$ is a power series in two variables with complex ...
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how to solve this optimization problem with functions?

Suppose $\theta\in[0,1]$ and $s(\cdot)$ is strictly increasing in $\theta$ with $0\leq(0)<s(1)\leq1$ and $s(0)+s(1)>1$ How could I solve the program, $\max_{s(\cdot)\in ...
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Iterative roots of sine

Is there an analytical function $f(z)$ such that $f(f(z)) = \sin(z)$? More generally, an analytical function such that f applied $n$ times to $z$ gives $\sin(z)$? Is there a general theory for ...
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Solve this equation: $f(s)=P(s)\exp(Q(s))$

Let $f,P,Q$ three analytic functions. Here $P$ is a polynomial. I want to solve this equation: $$f(s)=P(s)\exp(Q(s)).$$ The unknown here are $P, Q$ and $f$ is known.
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Solve this functional equation: $h(-s)=a-h(s)$

Let $h$ be an analytic function. My question is : Solve this functional equation: $$h(-s)=a-h(s)$$ holds true for all $s∈ℂ$. Here, $a∈ℂ$, $a≠0$.
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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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iterative method to solve nonlinear equations

I'd like to know whether there are any methods like the Gauss-Seidel method to solve nonlinear equations. For example, I'd like to solve $f(\textbf x) = 0$, where $f(\textbf x)$ is a nonlinear ...
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How prove this sequences have limts and find this value?

let $f:R\longrightarrow R$,and $f(x)=x-\dfrac{x^2}{2}$,and $$L_{1}(x)=f(x),L_{2}(x)=f(f(x)),L_{3}(x)=f(L_{2}(x)),\cdots,L_{n}(x)=f(L_{n-1}(x))$$ and let $$a_{n}=L_{n}\left(\dfrac{17}{n}\right)$$ ...
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$g(x+y)=g(x)g(y)$ for all $x,y \in\mathbb{R}$. If $g$ is continuous at $0$, prove that $g$ is continuous on $\mathbb{R}$ [duplicate]

$g(x+y)=g(x)g(y)$ for all $x,y \in\mathbb{R}$. If $g$ is continuous at $0$, prove that $g$ is continuous on $\mathbb{R}$.
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Unicity of solution to an integral equation

Suppose we have the following integral equation $$f(x)=\int_0^\infty f(y)(x+y)e^{-x^2/2-xy}\text{d}y$$ where $f: [0,\infty)\rightarrow[0,\infty)$. The function $f(x)=Ce^{-x^2/2}$ solves the equation. ...
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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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Any chance for a solution of $f[f(x)]=x^2+1$? [duplicate]

Not sure if this is a closed or open question. But the question is suppose $f[f(x)]=x^2+1$ then what is $f(x)$? Though the question does not refer to the domain let us suppose it is defined on $\Bbb ...
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Solve the function equation $g^2(x)-g(x+1)-\dfrac{x^2+2x-6}{4}=0$

let $g(x)\in \Bbb R$ and for any $x\in \Bbb R$ such that $$g^2(x)-g(x+1)-\dfrac{x^2+2x-6}{4}=0, g(0)=0$$ find $g(x)$ my idea let $x\longrightarrow x+1$, then we have ...
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Follow up to previous functional equation question.

Find all $f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ s.t $$f(x^2+f(y))=(x-y)^2f(x+y)$$ Putting $x=y$ yields $f(x^2+f(x))=0$. (1) Putting $y=-x$ yields $f(x^2+f(-x))=(2x)^2f(0)$. (2) By (1) $(2x)^2f(0)=0$ ...