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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Polynomials that satisfy $(x-1)(p(x+1))=(x+2)(p(x))$ where $p(2)=12$?

I am taking a graduate class on Equation Theory and one of my homework questions asks me to "Determine all polynomials $p(x)$ such that $(x-1)(p(x+1))=(x+2)(p(x))$ and $p(2)=12$. A provided hint is to ...
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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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Nonlinear inhomogeneous recurrence $f(x)^2=f(x+1)+S(x)$ to find nested radical

I want to solve the recurrence relation $$f(x)^2=f(x+1)+S(x)$$ where $S(x)$ is a given polynomial. The background is to find nested radicals expressions of the form ...
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An equation with a nested function

I'm trying to find the function $\eta(x)$ such that $\eta(x) F(\eta(x))-G(\eta(x)) = \eta(x)H(x) - G(x)$ but I have no idea how to go about it, or where to look. Thanks for the inputs. All ...
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What functions satisfy $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(x,y)dx=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} g(x,y)dx$?

What functions satisfy $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(x,y)dx=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} g(x,y)dx$ for all $y\in \mathbb{R}$? Under what conditions would this imply that $f(x,y)=g(x,y)$?
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What functions satisfy the condition $f(x,y)=g(x)$?

Are there any functions $f(x,y)$ and $g(x)$ that satisfy (1) $f(x,y)=g(x)$ for all $x \in \mathbb{R}$ and $y\in \mathbb{R}$ (2) $f(x,y)$ is not constant in $y$ for each $x$ (i.e. for each $x$ there ...
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Differential Diophantine Equations?

So this is both a question on its own as well as a request for where I can find information on a given topic. Consider Differential Equations in two variables of the form: $$P(Z,Z', Z'' ... Z^{[n]}, ...
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General Solution to Linear Difference Equation: Is this correct

Notation: Let $$Q_1[f(x)] = \lim _{h \rightarrow 1} \frac{f(x + h) - f(x) }{h}$$ And let $$Q_1^{-1}\left[f(x)\right] = G(x)|Q_1\left[g(x)\right] = f(x)$$ Consider the equation $$a_0(x) + ...
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Functional Equation involving derivatives and time-steps [duplicate]

I am attempting to solve the equation $$f(x + 1) = f'(x)$$ for distributions $C \rightarrow C: f(x)$ My first guess to exploit the fact that this seems similar to identity $$\sin\left( ...
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Methods of showing that a non-trivial solution exists for a functional equation?

I am just looking at a one variable functional equation, I won't put it down here because it is university related, and I keep thinking that 0 is the only possible solution so it got me wondering how ...
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Solving a second level functional equation over all functions $g$

I am trying to find a closed form expression $f$ such that $$f(g(x+1) - g(x)) + f(g(x) - g(x-1)) = f(g(x))$$ For all functions $g$ I have concluded that for polynomials $$2^{n+1}f(0) = f(a_0 + ...
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Solve functional equation $f(f(f(x)))+f(x)=2x$

Please help me solve this functional equation: find $f(x)$ given that $$f(f(f(x)))+f(x)=2x$$ Thanks very much.
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Find all the functions $f:\mathbb{R}→\mathbb{R}$ such that $f(mx+c)=mf(x)+c$

Find all the functions $f:\mathbb{R}→\mathbb{R}$ such that $f(mx+c)=mf(x)+c$, $m≠1$. I know that $f(x)=x$ and $f(x)=c/(1-m)$ are two solutions. But to completely solve it I have no idea. Can we ...
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find all functions $ f : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R} $ such that : $ f(f(x))=x^2-2 $ [duplicate]

This is a very hard functional equation. the problem is this : find all functions $ f : \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R} $ such that : $ f(f(x))=x^2-2 $ to solve it i have no idea! can we solve it ...
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General Solution of Functional Equation

What is the general solution to: $$ \frac{f(x+h)-f(x)}{h} = \frac{1}{x} \tag{1} $$ Obviously the solution to this for the limiting case of $h\to 0$ is $f(x) = \ln(x) + c$ Attempting to solve the ...
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calculation of all function which satisfy $f(x – y) = f(x) f(y) – f(a – x) f(a + y)\;,$ where $f(0)=1$

A real valued function $f(x)$ satisfies the functional equation $f(x – y) = f(x) f(y) – f(a – x) f(a + y)$ Where $a$ is a given constant and $f(0) = 1\;,$ Then prove that $f(2a – x) = -f(x)$. ...
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Measuring availability of a service

I have a task to measure availability of some IT-components. The problem is that I need to create a equation for measuring this. For now the availability is going to be measured through life-cycle ...
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Continuous functions such that $f(x)+f(x^2)=x$ [duplicate]

Find all continuous $f :[0,1]\to \mathbb R$ such that $\forall x\in [0,1], f(x)+f(x^2)=x$ I suspect there are none. I made little progress so far, but it's worth noticing that $f(0)=0$ and ...
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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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Additive functional inequality

The function $f:R_+\to R_+$ is continuously differentiable and increasing. Also, $f(0)=0$ and $f(\infty)=\infty$. Continuity and differentiability of higher orders can be assumed if necessary. ...
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Real-analytic $f(z)=f(\sqrt z) + f(-\sqrt z)$?

Are there nonconstant real-analytic functions $f(z)$ such that $$ f(z)=f(\sqrt z) + f(-\sqrt z)$$ is satisfied near the real line ? Also can such functions be entire ? And/Or can they be periodic ...
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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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A logarithm-like functional equation

Suppose we are given that a monotonically decreasing smooth function $f$ on $(0,\infty)$ obeys the functional equation $f(x) = -f(\frac{1}{x})$, and satisfies $f(\frac{1}{3}) = \frac{1}{2}$ and ...
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Understanding an Equation and how to implement it

A common method for linking language with psychological variables involves counting words belonging to manually-created categories of language. One counts how often words in a given category are used ...
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Are even Dirichlet series constants?

I consider a Dirichlet series with an absolute abscissa of convergence $\sigma$ that can be meromorphically extend to $\mathbb{C}$: $$\phi(s)=\sum_{n=1}^{+\infty}{\frac{a_n}{n^s}}$$ and the analytic ...
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Implementing Equation on current data

I am trying to implement Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media equation. I have 5 patterns and one list of 100 text = 900 words. The result of find a Match in the 900 to the ...
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If $f$ is a strictly increasing function with $f(f(x))=x^2+2$, then $f(3)=?$

Bdmo 2014 regionals(a tweaked version of question): If $f$ is a strictly increasing function over the reals with $f(f(x))=x^2+2$, then $f(3)=?$ Obviously,$f(3)=f(1)^2+2$ but I can't see where we ...
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Problem about functional equation (Bulgarian selection team test)

This problem was taken from the bulgarian selection team test for the 47th IMO and appeared in a chinese magazine, I came across it in my own training. http://www.math.ust.hk/excalibur/v10_n4.pdf ...
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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 ...
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A functional equation for a Dirichlet serie

I'm looking for a functional equation for the following Dirichlet serie $$\varphi(s)=\sum_{n=1}^{+\infty}{\frac{2 \cos(2n \pi q)}{n^s}}$$ where $q$ is a rational number. Any help ? Thank you !
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What is the function $f$ verifying : $f(\frac{x}{2}+\frac{x}{2}\cos(\frac{v\pi}{x}))=\frac{x}{2}\sin(\frac{v\pi}{x})$

What are the solutions to the functional equality (for a constant $v$): $$ \forall\, x > 0, \ \ \ \ ...
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Functions such that $f(\frac{x+y}{2})=\frac{1}{2}f(x)+\frac{1}{2}f(y).$

What are the continuous functions $f:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ such that for every $x,y\in \mathbb{R}$ $$f(\frac{x+y}{2})=\frac{1}{2}f(x)+\frac{1}{2}f(y).$$
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Find all functions $f(x)$ such that $f(x^2-y^2)=(x-y)(f(x)+f(y))$.

find all functions $f(x):R\to{}R$ such that $f(x^2-y^2)=(x-y)(f(x)+f(y))$. I have derived this clues:- $f(0)=0$, $f(x^2)=xf(x)$, $f(x)=-f(-x)$ but now I am confused. I know solution will be ...
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Functional equations and cubes

Problem $10728$ from Amer. Math. Monthly "Preserving the sum of three cubes" says: Determine all functions $f:\mathbb{Z}\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}$ satisfying $f(x^3+y^3+z^3)=(f(x))^3+(f(y))^3+(f(z))^3$ ...
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I want to solve these inequalities with respect to $f$

Let $f\colon\mathbb C\to\mathbb C$ be an entire non constant function. We consider its values on the real line. The function $f$ has infinitely many real zeros and there is infinitely many real ...
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Find all $f:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$ such that $\forall x,y\in\mathbb R$ the given equality holds: $xf(y)+yf(x)=(x+y)f(x)f(y)$.

Find all $f:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R$ such that $\forall x,y\in\mathbb R$ the given equality holds: $$xf(y)+yf(x)=(x+y)f(x)f(y)$$ My try: whenever $y=0$, we have $$x\cdot f(0)\cdot(1-f(x))=0$$ ...
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All functions $g:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{Z}$ such that $m+n~|~g(m)+g(n)$

I just thought about the following question: Find all functions $g:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{Z}$ such that $m+n~|~g(m)+g(n)$ for all $m,n\in\mathbb{N}$. Clearly every polynomial $g(X)\in\mathbb{Z}[X]$ in ...
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Does this functional equation have a unique solution?

I wish to prove/disprove that there exists a unique solution to the functional equation $$xyF(xy^2, y) = F(x, y), \quad x \ne 0, \quad |y| < 1, \quad y \ne 0,$$ where $F(x, y)$ is continuous. I ...
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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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A Dangerous Function [closed]

Recently, I have started solving many ques on functional equations. But, this ques for me was tough, $ f(y)^{x^2}+f(x)^{y^2}=f(y^2)^x+f(x^2)^y $ I've started substituting some values, trying to ...
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A unsolved puzzle from Number Theory/ Functional inequalities

The function $g:[0,1]\to[0,1]$ is continuously differentiable and increasing. Also, $g(0)=0$ and $g(1)=1$. Continuity and differentiability of higher orders can be assumed if necessary. The ...
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$f,g$ such that $\int fg = \int f \int g$

Suppose $f,g$ are real valued on $\mathbb{R}$ (and no further restrictions apart from the obvious requirement that the integrals exist), then when does $\displaystyle\int f(x)g(x)\,dx = \int f(x) \, ...
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Find all the $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$,satisfying

$f(f^3(x)+y^3)=x^2+f^3(y)$ where $f^3(x)$ stands for $[f(x)]^3$. I really don't know where to start off$\cdots$
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Proof that $\forall x \in \mathbb{R}, \forall n \in \mathbb{N}: (f(x))^n = f(nx)$ only has solutions of the form $f(x) = c^x$ for some constant $c$

I am looking for a proof (or a counterexample I suppose) that the recurrence equation (is that the right term here?) $(f(x))^n = f(nx)$ only has a solution of the form $ f(x)=c^x$ for some ...
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An functional equation [closed]

Find all the functions $f:\mathbb{R}^+\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^+$, such that $\forall w,x,y,z\in\mathbb{R}^+,~wx=yz$, and $$\dfrac{f^2(w)+f^2(x)}{f^2(y)+f^2(z)}=\dfrac{w^2+x^2}{y^2+z^2}$$ $f^2(x)$ ...
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If $f(3x)=f(x)$ and $f$ is continuous, show that $f(x)$ is a constant function.

If $f(x)$ is a continuous function such that $f(3x)=f(x)$ and the domain of $f$ is all non-negative real numbers. Prove that $f$ is a constant function. What I did: ...
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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 ...