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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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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Can a linear solution make a non-linear (functional) differential equation linear?

I was inspired by this question Does a non-trivial solution exist for $f'(x)=f(f(x))$? And tried coming up with similar problems, one interesting case I found was $f'(x) +f(x)=f(f(x))$ which has ...
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Functional equation on a ring

Let $R$ be a ring with identity. Find all functions $f: R \to \Bbb R$ satisfying the functional equation \begin{equation} f(xp+yq, yp+xq)=f(x, y)f(p, q) \end{equation} for all $x, y, p, q\in R$, and ...
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The uniqueness of a solution of a system of differential equations

Suppose I have a system of delay differential equations $\frac{d G_1(\phi_1(s))}{ds}= F_1(\phi_1(s),\phi_2(1-s),1-s)$ $\frac{d G_2(\phi_2(1-s))}{ds}= F_2(\phi_1(s),\phi_2(1-s),s)$ where $G_1, G_2, ...
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I tried this problem in the following way; is it right?

Let, f(x) be a twice differentiable function defined on (-1, 1) and f(0) = 1. Let, f(x) ≥ 0, f'(x) ≤ 0 and f''(x) ≤ f(x) for all x ≥ 0. Show that, f'(0) ≥ -√2. I am telling you what I did. First, ...
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Another functional equation

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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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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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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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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regarding a set of integro-PDE

Let say I have a minimal example that contains most of the mathematics I am looking for. The example is as follows: \begin{align} &\frac{\partial u^0}{\partial t}(x,t)+\frac{\partial^2 ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Program to determine the relationship of one variable to several possible variables

Suppose I have a system with several variables a, b, c, d, and x. I am trying to solve for the unknown x. I don't know exactly which of those variables x is dependent on, or exactly how the function ...
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Is there a function $f$ such that $\Gamma (c+x)=\Gamma (c-f\left( x \right) )$?

I was just looking at Euler's reflection formula for Gamma function which states $$\Gamma (1-z)\Gamma (z)=\frac { \pi }{ \sin { (z\pi ) } } $$ but it seems to me that one more reflection formula ...
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Periodicity of a function.

If we have two functions $f:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ and $g :\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ such that the period of $f$ is 7 and that of $g$ is 11, then the period of $F\left ( x \right ) = f( ...
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Functional equation inspired by moment generating function

A user gave the following nice answer http://math.stackexchange.com/a/161584/5031 My question is that although it is clear $\log M_X(t)=Ct^2$ is a form that satisfies the condition ...
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Question about ratios and combinatorics

In this question that I posted yesterday (11/15): I am solving a programming puzzle that consists of finding all the possible ways to build a brick wall of $48$" $\times$ $10$" (width $\times$ height ...
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What is an affine function?

Consider a functional, what is meant by a minimal sequence consistent of 'piecewise affine functions'?
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$f(2^x) = f(4^x + 2^{x+1} + 2) - f(4^x + 1)$

Let $f(x)$ be a non-constant real-analytic function and for real $x$ it satisfies : $f(2^x) = f(4^x + 2^{x+1} + 2) - f(4^x + 1)$ Before you ask if this simplifies by writing $2^x = y$ note that ...
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solving this recurrence equation

is it possibel to solve the equation g$(x)= \sum_{n=1}^{\infty}f(x/n) $ for $ f(x)$ with other methods different from taking the Mellin transform on both sides ?? thanks.
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Functional equation for the given function

For instance, there is functional equation for Lambert W function $z=W(z) e^{W(z)}$ And moreover, there is differential one: $z(1+W)\frac{dW}{dz}=W$. At the same time, there is no known functional ...
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Defining Oblique Lines

Is it correct to classify a line which is neither vertical nor horizontal as oblique. I am trying to classify lines in a plane based on the quadrants through which they pass.
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if I get the asymptotic solution of a certain equation involving $ f(x)$ does it mean that the solution exists

Let's take a complicated functional equation $ f(g(x))=f(1-x)g(x) $. Let us suppose that by using a) Analytic method b) Numerical method I can prove that for example $ f(x) \sim x $ as $ ...
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where can I find a good Proof for Cauchy's functional equation

Do you know where can I find good proofs for Cauchy's functional equation?
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Solving a functional discrete equation.

I was to solve the following functional discrete equation (I arguing that $a_k$ is a discrete function): \begin{equation}f\left[a_{k+1}\right]-f\left[a_{k}\right]=0\end{equation} where ...
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solution of d’Alembert’s equation.

i know that equation for d’Alembert’s equation. is looking so $g(x+y)+g(x-y)=2*g(x)*g(y)$ so am trying to find actual solution for this equation,first i took $x=y=0$ and i got $2*g(0)$=$2*g(0)^2$ ...
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Finding inverse of function without knowing function?

This question has a programming application, but I thought it would be more appropriate (and educational) to ask here first and get some basic understanding. So my use-case will refer to some ...
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functional derivative of an integral of the function itself

I have the following $$ \frac{d}{dn(x)} \int_{x \in \cal{R}^3} {n(x) dx} $$ I know that this additional relationship holds $$ \int_{x \in \cal{R}^3}{n(x) dx} = N $$ where N is a constant. My ...
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Meta Euler Lagrange

Consider the following generalized standard Euler Lagrange Problem which is to maximize the quantity $$ \int_{x_1}^{x_2} L(x,y,y', y'' ... y^{(n)}) dx $$ It can be solved by first determining a ...
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Conjecture about $A f(x) = f(g(x)) + f(h(x))$

Let a given real $A$ satisfy $0 < A < 2$. Conjecture : For any real entire nonconstant $f(x)$ there exist real entire $g(x)$ and $h(x)$ such that $A f(x) = f(g(x)) + f(h(x))$ or $ A f(x) ...
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In which condition related to coefficients, some equation has a solution?

My purpose is to know in which condition related to the coefficients $c>0, \, n\geq 2, 0<p<1,\, a>c\, \, \, \text{and} \, \, b>0$, this equation $$ F(x)= -c x^{n+p} -bx^n + (a-c)x^p ...
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An Interesting Function

What would be the fastest method to compute Hyperfactorial Function written below F(n,r)=H(N)/H(r)*H(N-r) where r < N where H(N)=(1^1)(2^2)(3^3).....(N^N)
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How to create a equation that is linear or exponential taking account to the sum?

Example I want to sell 1000 products on 10 days. I want the development on sales to be linear. How do I create a equation that can tell me how much I should sell per day? if the days where the x ...
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mathematical models

$S=S_{0}.\displaystyle\frac{4ae^{1/2d}}{(1+a)^2\cdot e^{a/2d}-(1-a)^2\cdot e^{-a/2d}} $ How do I find k in the above formula knowing that where $a=\sqrt{1+4ktd}$ ? Note: try to isolate k in the ...
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What is this function of 2 variables?

Can you tell me the function f(K,N) that has the following values? For my education, please also explain how you tackled the problem. ...
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Solving functional equation $b(x)=\int b(xy)f(y)dy$

I want to prove that given a real-valued smooth function $f$, the set of functions $b$ solving $b(x)=\int_0^{\infty} b(xy)f(y)dy$ is given by linear combinations of $x^{\sigma}$ where $\sigma$ is a ...
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Find all functions: $f:C\rightarrow C$

Find all functions $f:C\rightarrow C$ such that $f(x)=(x-f(0))(x-f(\pi))(x-f(-\pi))$ Extension: Find all $f:C\rightarrow C$ such that $f(x)=(x-f(0))(x-f(\pi))(x-f(-\pi))(x-f(2\pi))(x-f(-2\pi))\cdots ...
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Does there exist a solution of that system of functional equations?

Does there exist a non-constant rational function $f(x)$ (i. e. a ratio of two polynomials in $x$ over the reals) which simultaneously satisfies $f(x)=f(1-x)$ and $f(x)=f\left(\frac 1 x \right)$ on ...
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Extract independent paramets

I have a 2-variable function which depends also on a number of parameters (6 to be exact) $f(x,y; c1, c2, c3, .. c6)$. The explicit form is quite complicated so I will not give it here. It suffices to ...
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Rotate an implicit surface

Say I have a the implicit equation: $F(x,y,z)=(x^2+y^2+z^2+R^2-r^2)^2-4R^2(x^2+y^2)$ for $R>r>0$. Which gives me a torus laying on the XY plane. How can I modify the equation that it might lie ...
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unknown function: calculation of coefficients in series expansion up to a given degree

I am trying to solve an functional equation of unknown $h\mapsto h(x)$ ($x\in\mathbb{R}$, in the neighbourhood of $0$): $$\mathcal{F}(h)=\mathcal{G}(h) \qquad (*)$$ (assume $\mathcal{F}$ and ...
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Existence of a function satisfying all the given infima

Given a function $f : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$, we can compute its infimum over $A$ for all the Borel measurable $A \subset \mathbb{R}$. I am wondering when we can deduce in the other direction, ...
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obtain the continuous form of a master equation

I have the following master equation: $$ \partial_tP(x,y,t)=-[x+(1-x-y)]P(x,y,t)\\ +(x+\epsilon)P(x+\epsilon,y-\epsilon,t)\\ +(1-x-y+\epsilon)P(x,y-\epsilon,t) $$ where $\epsilon$ is a small number, ...
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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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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]}, ...