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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$1992$ IMO Functional Equation problem

The problem states: Let $\Bbb R$ denote the set of all real numbers. Find all functions $f : \Bbb R \rightarrow \Bbb R$ such that $$f(x^{2}+f(y))=y+(f(x))^{2} \space \space \space \forall x, y \in ...
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How find this function $f(x)$ such $f(a+f(b))=f(a+b)+f(b)$

let function $f:R_{+}\to R_{+}$,and such $$f(a+f(b))=f(a+b)+f(b),\forall a,b\in R_{+}$$ Find $f(x)$. my try: let $a=b=1$,then $$f(1+f(1))=f(2)+f(1)$$ $a=1,b=2$,then $$f(1+f(2))=f(3)+f(2)$$ then I ...
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Find all pairs of functions $(f,g)$, $\forall x, y \in \mathbb{R}, f(x+g(y))=x f(y) - y f(x) + g(x)$

Find all pairs of functions $(f,g)$ : $\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}, g : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ satisfying : $$\forall x, y \in \mathbb{R}, f(x+g(y))=x f(y) - y f(x) + g(x)$$ I am really stuck ...
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General solution of a finite-difference equation with real non-commensurable differences.

How to find a general solution of the following functional (recurrence) equation: $$f(x) = c_1 f(x - a_1) + \dots + c_n f(x - a_n), \tag{1}$$ where $c_i, a_i$, $i = 1, ... n$ are arbitrary real ...
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Determining quadratic function of this word problem

I have this word problem in my homework: ...
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$f:\Bbb Z\to\Bbb Z$ such that $f(f(n)-2n)=2f(n)+n$ for all $n\in\Bbb Z$

Does there exists a function $f:\Bbb Z\to\Bbb Z$ such that $$f(f(n)-2n)=2f(n)+n$$ for all $n\in\Bbb Z$
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determine all polynomials $P(x)$ such that $(x+1)P(x-1)-(x-1)P(x)$ is a constant polynomial

Determine all polynomials $P(x)$ with real coefficients such that $(x+1)P(x-1)-(x-1)P(x)$ is a constant polynomial. clearly we have to show $(x+1)P(x-1)-(x-1)P(x)=c$ for all values of $x$ ($c$ is a ...
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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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Similar outputs from different transfer functions

I have two rational transfer functions with the same denominator: $$ H_{0}(s) = N_{0}(s)/D(s),\,\,H_{1}(s) = N_{1}(s)/D(s)$$ I would like for the two outputs from the system, $Y_0(t)=\mathcal{L}^{-1}(...
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Trivial funcional equation

I'm sorry and a little ashamed to ask this very simple question. The problem is that I'm not very familiar with functional equations (I just know that they can be tricky). The question is: which are ...
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Solving functional equation 2

Problem: find all functions $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ such that $$f(x^2+f(y))=(f(x))^2+y^4 +2f(xy),\ \ \ \forall x,y\in\mathbb{R}$$
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How to prove that subadditive function has this property?

Let $f: [0, \infty) \to \Bbb R$ be a function satisfying the following conditions: (1) For any $x,y \geq 0, f(x+y) \geq f(x) + f(y)$. (2) For any $x \in [0,2], f(x) \geq x^2 - x$. Prove that, for ...
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continuous functions on rationals

Let $\Bbb Q$ be the set of rationals and $f:\Bbb Q\to \Bbb R$ be a continuous function. Then $f$ is bounded on some interval? If not, what happen if in addition $f$ satisfies $f(xy)=f(x)f(y)$ for all $...
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Solving functional equation 1

find all functiions $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ such that $f'$ exists and $$f(x)=f\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)+\frac{x}{2}.f'(x),\forall x\in\mathbb{R}$$
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Solve a functional equation

Find all functions $f:[0,+\infty)\to [0,+\infty)$ such that $f(x)\geq \frac{3x}{4}$ and $$f(4f(x)-3x)=x,\forall x\in[0,+\infty)$$
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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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Solution to a Functional Equation $g'(x)=\dfrac{g(bx)-g(x)}{(b-1)x}$

What approaches can we take to solve the functional equation, $g:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ is a differentiable function, such that, $$g'(x)=\dfrac{g(bx)-g(x)}{(b-1)x}$$ Where, $b \in \mathbb{R}$ ...
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Show that $f(x) = x$ if $f(f(f(x))) = x$.

If $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ and $f$ is strictly increasing, show that $f(x) = x$ if $f(f(f(x))) = x$. So this compulsorily ESTABLISHES that $f(x) = x$ only, and no other solution. So, merely ...
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Another functional equation: $f(x) + f(2x) + f(4x) = \lfloor 7x \rfloor$

I would like to find all continuous functions $f \, : \, \mathbb{R} \, \longrightarrow \, \mathbb{R}$ such that : $$ \forall x \in \mathbb{R}, \; f(x) + f(2x) + f(4x) = \lfloor 7x \rfloor \tag{1}$$ ...
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How do you find two functions $f$ and $g$ such that $f(x) \cdot g(x)=f(x)-g(x)$?

This was inspired by this question ( Logarithms with trigonometric inequality ) I already know the answer ( $f(x)=\tan^2 x$ and $g(x)=\sin^2 x$). However I am interested in how to find this answer. ...
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An IMO inspired problem

This problem from IMO 1988 is said to be one of the most elegant ones in functional equations. Problem : The function $f$ is defined on the set of all positive integers as follows: \begin{align} f(1)...
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Why computing Fatou coordinate is so hard?

I'm trying to make images of Fatou coordinate for some polynomial maps. If I'm not wrong there is no explicit general formula/method for computing Fatou coordinate near parabolic fixed point. Is ...
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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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Multiplicative function on rationals [duplicate]

Let $\Bbb Q^+$ be the set of positive rational numbers. Find all solutions $f:\Bbb Q^+ \to \Bbb R$ of the functional equation $$ f(xy)=f(x)f(y), \quad x, y\in \Bbb Q. $$ Is $f(x)=x^a$ the only ...
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Solve functional equation [closed]

find all functions $f:\mathbb{R^{*}}\to \mathbb{R}$ such that $$f(y^2f(x)+x^2+y)=x(f(y))^2+f(y)+x^2,\;\forall x,y\in \mathbb{R^{*}}$$ ($\mathbb{R^{*}}=\{x\in\mathbb{R},x\ne 0\})$
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Solving functional equation

Problem:find all continuous functions $f:[0,+\infty)\to [0,+\infty)$ such that $$f(y^2f(x)+x^2f(y))=xy(f(x)+f(y)),\;\forall x,y\in [0,+\infty)$$
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Functional equation with $f(1)$ integer

Here is a nice problem: Let $f:R\rightarrow R$ be a function, R is the set of real numbers, satisfying the following properties: $ f(1)$ is an integer and $xf(y)+yf(x)=(f(x+y))^2-f(x^2)-f(y^2)$, for ...
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Functional Equation : If $(x-y)f(x+y) -(x+y)f(x-y) =4xy(x^2-y^2)$ for all x,y find f(x).

Problem : If $(x-y)f(x+y) -(x+y)f(x-y) =4xy(x^2-y^2)$ for all x,y find f(x). My approach : The given equation can be written as $$(x-y)f(x+y) -(x+y)f(x-y) =4xy(x-y)(x+y)$$ $$\Rightarrow \frac{(...
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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 $\lambda,\...
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A scaling functional equation

I want to find a closed form of a function satisfying $$G(4z)=\frac{G(z)}{2z},$$ unfortunately I am not experienced with scaling problems, so I have no idea and would be thankful for any hints. ...
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Does there exist a continuous function $f\colon \Bbb R\rightarrow \Bbb R$ such that $f(f(x))=-x$ for all $x\in\Bbb R$? [duplicate]

Does there exist a continuous function $f\colon \Bbb R\rightarrow \Bbb R$ such that $f(f(x))=-x$ for all $x\in\Bbb R$?
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$\forall x\in\mathbb R$, $|x|\neq 1$ it is known that $f\left(\frac{x-3}{x+1}\right)+f\left(\frac{3+x}{1-x}\right)=x$. Find $f(x)$.

$\forall x\in\mathbb R$, $|x|\neq 1$ $$f\left(\frac{x-3}{x+1}\right)+f\left(\frac{3+x}{1-x}\right)=x$$Find $f(x)$. Now what I'm actually looking for is an explanation of a solution to this problem. ...
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Can the Euler-Lagrange equations be derived from a variation over a time of order $dt$ rather than $t$?

In the calculus of variations, the solution of the Euler-Lagrange equations gives those functions for which a given functional is stationary. Now all derivations I've come across up to now, carry out ...
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Does there exist a nontrivial cumulative distribution function $F$ on $\mathbb{R}_+$ for which $(F^2)'= (F')^{\ast k}$ for some $k > 0$?

This question arises from the context of computing the distribution of total execution time with an underlying graph of tree. For instance, we can model the execution times of all the nodes on the ...
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Functional inequality and one identity

I'm a high school student from Bonn, Germany and I have to solve the following problem: If $g:R \rightarrow R $ is a function with the property $g(ab)-ag(b)\leq bg(a)$, for all real numbers a and b, ...
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Find $g(x)$ if $f(g(x))=f(x)g(x)$ and $g(2)$=37, $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ are polynomials

Suppose $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ are non-zero polynomials with real coefficients, such that $f(g(x))=f(x)\times g(x)$. If $g(2)=37$, find $g(x)$. I tried plugging $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ as $n$ and $m$ ...
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Find all function satisfying a condition with $\min$ and $\max$

Find all functions $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ such that $$ \forall (x,y)\in\mathbb{R}^2,x\ne y,\quad \min (f(x),f(y)) \leq \frac{f(x)-f(y)}{x-y} \leq \max(f(x),f(y)) $$ I have started with $...
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Functional equations $f(x+y)= f(x) + f(y)$ and $f(xy)= f(x)f(y)$

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ is a function such that for all real $x$ and $y$, $f(x+y)= f(x) + f(y)$ and $f(xy)= f(x)f(y)$, then prove that $f$ must be one of the two following functions: $f:\...
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Functional equation of non-negative function

Find all $ f:[0,\infty)\rightarrow [0,\infty) $ such that $ f (2)=0 $, $ f (x)\not= 0 $ for $ x\in [0, 2) $ and $$ f (xf (y)) f (y)=f (x+y) $$ for all $ x, y\ge 0 $. I tried plugging in values of $...
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Non trivial solutions of $g\circ f-f\circ g=g\circ f\circ g$

While thinking of perfect numbers, I came across the functional equation $g\circ f-f\circ g=g\circ f\circ g$ where the unknowns $f$ and $g$ are functions from $\mathbb{R}$ to itself. I only know one ...
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A Funtional Equation

Find all functions ${\rm f}:{\mathbb N}\times{\mathbb N} \rightarrow {\mathbb N}$ satisfying $$ \begin{array}{rrcl} a) & {\rm f}\left(n,n\right) & = & n \\[2mm] b) & {\rm f}\left(n,m\...
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On a function with a (complicated) functional equation.

Let $g(x,y)$ be a function such that: I. $-1\lt g(x,y)\lt1.$ II. $$\ln(\frac{1+g(x,y)}{1-g(x,y)})+2y\tan^{-1}(yg(x,y))=2(y^2+1)x,$$ for $x\in\mathbb R, y\gt1.$ Then i. Show that $g(x,y)$ is ...
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What is the family of functions that satisfies

Let $f$ be a continuous function in $\Re$, differentiable (at least one time). Then, which functions can satisfy: $$ \frac {f(x)} {f'(x)}= - \frac {f(x-\frac {f(x)} {f'(x)})}{f'(x-\frac {f(x)} {f'(x)}...
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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 + y\right)\...
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Solutions to $g(ab) = ag(b) + bg(a)$ - “Zero function question”

This question was recently asked and then voluntarily removed by its author. I thought it was interesting enough to get an answer. The question was as follows: "The function $g:\mathbb R\to\mathbb ...
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Functional Equation : $f(x) = f(x + y^2 + f(y))$

This problem is from my textbook: Given : $f:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$ Solve this functional equation : $f(x) = f(x + y^2 + f(y))$ I think this function is just a simple constant, so I try all my ...
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Finding Inverse of Function With Two Instances of X

I need to find $f^{-1}(2)$ where $f(x) = 2 + x^2 + tan(πx/2)$ I know can substitute $f(x)$ with $y$ and swap $x$ and $y$: $$x = 2 + y^2 + tan(πy/2)$$ But I'm having trouble eliminating the tangent: $...
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How to take partial derivatives of functions whose inputs depend on the same variable?

I am starting to learn about the Calculus of Variations and the Euler-Lagrange equation is extremely confusing to me: The Euler–Lagrange equation, then, is given by $$L_x(t,q(t),q'(t))-\frac{\...
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A fairly difficult differential equation

I was thinking what if I had a differential equation of the form: $$\frac{d^2u}{dx^2} + vu(x) = 0 $$ where $v(y(x))$, that is $y$ is a function of $x$. What are the possible restrictions that I can ...
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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: $$ f\big(2x-f(x)\big)=x, \tag{1} $$ ...