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 $f'(x)=cf(x+1)$ has a solution if and only if $c\leq 1/e$

In Contests in Higher Mathematics: Miklos Schweitzer Competitions, 1962-1991 by Gabor J Szekely, problem F.57 there is the study of $f~:~[0,\infty)\to (0,\infty)$ such that: $\exists c>0, \forall ...
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Solving a particular Functional Differential Equation

Suppose we have the following functional differential equation: $$f(a_0+a_1x+a_2f(x))(b_1+b_2f'(x))=c_0+c_1x+c_2f(x)$$ It is easy to see that a linear function: $f(x)=d_0+d_1x$, with appropriate ...
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Find all functions $f: \mathbb{Z} \to \mathbb{Z} $ such that for all $x,y, \in \mathbb{Z}$, $f(x-y+f(y))=f(x)+f(y)$. [closed]

Need help proving the following: Find all functions $f: \mathbb{Z} \to \mathbb{Z} $ such that for all $x,y, \in \mathbb{Z}$, $f(x-y+f(y))=f(x)+f(y)$.
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Functional equation $f(f(x))=2x$ on $\mathbb{Z}_{>0}$

I have this functional equation: $$f(f(x))=2x$$ with $f: \mathbb{Z}_{>0}\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}_{>0}$. And I want to know if it is possible to list all solutions. I already know that ...
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$f(x)f(1/x)=f(x)+f(1/x)$

Find a function $f(x)$ such that: $$f(x)f(1/x)=f(x)+f(1/x)$$ with $f(4)=65$. I have tried to let $f(x)$ be a general polynomial: $$a_0+a_1x+a_2x^2+\ldots a_nx^n$$ which leaves $f(1/x)$ as: ...
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$\lambda f(x)+(1-\lambda)f(y)=f(\lambda x+(1-\lambda)y)$ implies $f $ linear?

Let $X$ be a Banach space. $f:X \to X$ a continuous function. If we assume that $f$ satisfies the following convexity condition: $$\lambda f(x)+(1-\lambda)f(y)=f(\lambda x+(1-\lambda)y),$$ for all ...
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Solving the functional equation $f(x^2+f(y))=(f(x))^2+y$

Find all $ f : R\rightarrow R $ such that $f(x^2+f(y))=(f(x))^2+y, \forall\text{ x,y}\in R$ Thanks in advance!
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Functions $f: \Bbb Q_{+} \to \Bbb Z$ such that $f(\frac{1}{x}) = f(x)$ and $(x+1)f(x-1)= xf(x)$

How to find all functions $f: \Bbb Q_{+} \to \Bbb Z$ such that $f(\frac{1}{x}) = f(x)$ and $(x+1)f(x-1)= xf(x)$ for $x> 1$?
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Solutions of $f : \Bbb Q^*_+ \to \Bbb Q$ such as $f(\tfrac1x)=f(x)$ and $f(x) = (1+\tfrac1x)f(x-1)$ for all $x$

This is an extension to : Functions $f: \Bbb Q_{+} \to \Bbb Z$ such that $f(\frac{1}{x}) = f(x)$ and $(x+1)f(x-1)= xf(x)$ What can be said about functions $f : \Bbb Q^*_+ \to \Bbb Q$ such as ...
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Problem on Euler's Phi function

Let $S(n)$ be $S(n)=\left\{k\;\left|\;\left\{\frac{n}{k}\right\}\right.\geq \frac{1}{2}\right\}$,where $\{x\}$ is the fractional part of $x$ Prove that : \begin{align} \sum_{k\in S(n)} ...
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Unique solution of a simple functional equation

Let $x,y:[a,b]\to\mathbb{R},\ a<b, a,b\in\mathbb{R}$ be two smooth functions ($x,y\in C^{\infty}([a,b])$). How can I prove that there is a unique function $\theta:[a,b]\to\mathbb{R},\ \theta\in ...
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Can we solve recurrence relations indexed by R?

Recurrence relations are equations with functions from $\mathbb N\rightarrow \mathbb N$. For example given $a:\mathbb N\rightarrow \mathbb N$ (write $a(n)$ as $a_n$) solving the recurrence relation ...
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The most general solution to the functional equation

Suppose we have the following functional equation $$X(x_1,x_2)Y(x_1,x_3)=Z(x_2,x_3).$$ Is the most general solution given by $$X(x_1,x_2)=A(x_1)B(x_2), Y(x_1,x_3)=\frac{C(x_3)}{A(x_1)}, ...
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How can one solve this equation in $Z^2$?!

Ho can one solve the egality $2x+3y=xy$ ? I have to find a value of $x$ in fonction of $y$ so ? I have to add somthing and substrate it I added -2xy then $2x(1+y)-3y(1+x)=0$ Here im suck Can ...
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shown that f is even

lets one function $f:\mathbb{R}-\{0\}\mapsto\mathbb{R}$ where $\mathbb{R}$ is the set of reals, lets $f$ such that $f\left(\frac{a}{b}\right)=f(a)-f(b)$ for every $a$ and $b$ in belonging to the ...
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Deterministic condition for the nature of one real root of a cubic equation

A cubic equation $ax^3+bx^2+cx+d=0 \space$ where, $a\neq 0$ always has one real root. Is there any direct condition for determining the nature i.e. sign of one real root for sure? Is it possible ...
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How to solve a equation with special conditions?

I have this equation: $z = 11n + 13m$ Conditions: $z < 2015$ $z$, $n$ and $m$ must be natural numbers ($>0$). How many options are possible for $z$?
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Find the function satisfying the given condition

If $f(xy)=e^{xy-x-y}[e^y f(x) +e^x f(y)]$ and $f'(1)=e$. $f'$ denotes the derivative of function $f(x)$. Find $f(x)$. I could find that $f(0)=0$ and $f(1)=0$ and then found the derivative the got ...
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Find all differentiable functions $f$ such that $f(f(x))=f'(x)$ [duplicate]

Here is a problem I made up: Find all differentiable functions $f$ from the reals to the reals such that $f(f(x))=f'(x)$ for all real $x$.
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Approach on solving limit equation systems and finding some f given assymptotes?

This is a "reverse" question of finding the asymptote of a function Recently, I am interested in doing some sort of modelling which involve equations of the form $$@(t)=1-f(t)$$ where $f(t)$ is ...
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How to solve the functional equation $f(2x) = (e^x+1)f(x)$?

I need to solve $f(2x)=(e^x+1)f(x)$. I am thinking about Frobenius type method: $$\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}2^ka_kx^k=\left(1+\sum_{m=0}^{\infty}\frac{x^m}{m!}\right)\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a_nx^n\\ ...
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Solve differential equation $f'(z) = e^{-2} (f(z/e))^2$

I'm curious if there's a simple closed solution to the following DE and, if so, what it is. $$\begin{align} f'(z) &= e^{-2} (f(z/e))^2 \\ f(0) &= 1. \end{align}$$
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How to solve the delay algebraic equation $xf(x) + \alpha f(x - {x_0}) - \alpha f(x + {x_0}) = 0$?

In the process of solving a problem, I am faced with the problem of finding a non-zero function $f:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ which satisfies the equation $$xf(x) + \alpha f(x - {x_0}) - \alpha f(x + ...
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What are 'Regular Products'?

When looking at the functional equation for the Riemann zeta function, I came across the statement: For $s$ an even positive integer, the product $\sin{(\frac{\pi s}{2})}\Gamma({1-s})$ is regular. ...
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We all know about compositions of functions, but what about decomposition. Is there a way with math, not just heuristics?

The composition operator is a well know and quite often used method in integration and differentiation, think u-substitution. However, given a composition like $$f(f(f(...f(x)...)))$$ Where there are ...
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Iterative Functional Equation? (discrete, increment, logarithm)

Say $f(n)$ is defined as discrete iterative process, $n \in [0,1,2,\ldots,N]$, and $g(x)$, $x \in [-\infty,+\infty]$ is "small": $|g(x)|<1, \forall x$: $$f(n+1)=f(n) + \log(1 + g(f(n)))$$ ...
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Find $f(x) $ given that: $f'(x)=\frac{f(x)-x}{f(x)+x}$ [closed]

I would appreciate if somebody could help me with the following problem: Find $f(x)$ given that: $f \colon \mathbb{R^+} \rightarrow \mathbb{R^+}$, $f$ is differentiable function, and ...
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$f \colon \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, $f$ is continuous , and $f(x+1)+f(x)=x^2$

I would appreciate if somebody could help me with the following problem: Find $f(x)$ ($f(x)$ is not Polynomial function), given that: $f \colon \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, $f$ is ...
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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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Looking for all sequences such that $a_i^2+a_j^2=a_k^2+a_l^2$ whenever $i^2+j^2=k^2+l^2$

I'm working in a difficult functional equation, and I have reduced the problem to the following question ($\mathbb{N}$ denotes the set of non negative integers $0,1,2,3,4\cdots$) Question: Can we ...
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Integer functional equation $f(f(f(n)))=f(n+1)+1$

Can you find all functions $f:\mathbb N\rightarrow\mathbb N$ satisfying the functional equation $$ f(f(f(n)))=f(n+1)+1 $$
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If $ f(x \cdot f(y) + f(x)) = y \cdot f(x) + x $, then $f(x)=x$

Let $ f : \mathbb{Q} \rightarrow \mathbb{Q} $ be a function which has the following property: $$ f(x \cdot f(y) + f(x)) = y \cdot f(x) + x \;,\; \forall \; x, y \in \mathbb{Q} $$ Prove that $ f(x) = ...
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$f$ is a linear function. If $f(x+3) + f(4x+5) = 10x$,$ f(x)=?$

Question: Suppose $f$ is a linear function. If $f(x+3) + f(4x+5) = 10x$, then $f(x)=?$ My attempts: Okay, this is what I have so far... $$f(x) + f(3) + 5(4x) + f(5)$$ $$f(5x) = 10x - f(8)$$ ...
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Boolean Simplification of AB + A'+B'

Is there any way to simplify this function? Or is this the simplest equation? : AB + A'+B'
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Iterative (functional) roots of integer functions (functions on $\mathbb{Z}$)

A function $g:A\to A$ is called a $k$-th iterative root of another function $f:A\to A$ ($A$ an arbitrary set and $k\in\mathbb{N}$) iff $f=g^k$, where $g^k(x)=g\circ g\circ\ldots\circ g(x)=g(g(\ldots ...
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Functional equation similar to Babbage's equation

I'm interested in the potential solutions $f: R_{+} \rightarrow R_{+}$ to the functional equation: $ \forall x \in R_{+}, \quad f(s(x) - f(x)) = ax $ where $a>0$ is a constant. $s: R_{+} ...
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hyperplane in $L^2$

Consider $R^2$ valued functions $f,g \in L^2([0,1],\mu, R^2)$ where $f=(f_1,f_2)$,$g=(g_1,g_2)$ and $\sqrt{\langle f, g\rangle}=\int_{[0,1]} (f_1(x)g_1(x)+f_2(x)g_2(x)) d\mu(x)$ Suppose for a given ...
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Extension of the additive Cauchy functional equation

Let $f\colon (0,\alpha)\to \def\R{\mathbf R}\R$ satisfy $f(x + y)=f(x)+f(y)$ for all $x,y,x + y \in (0,\alpha)$, where $\alpha$ is a positive real number. Show that there exists an additive function ...
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$f(\alpha x) = f(x)^{\beta}$ under different constraints

With $\alpha > 0,\, \beta \in \Bbb R^*,\, \alpha, \beta \neq 1$ and $f : \Bbb R \to \Bbb R_+^*$, let's consider the functional equation $$ f(\alpha x) = f(x)^{\beta} \tag{$\Xi$}$$ or equivalently ...
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What are all pairs of functions f and g so that $f(x)f(y) = g(x+y)$?

It can be shown, and is a problem in Rudin's Principles of Mathematical Analysis (Chapter 8), that when $f$ is continuous, and $f(x)f(y) = f(x+y)$, $f$ is a function of the form $e^{cx}$. Must this ...
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A function $\psi(z)$ satisfies the following functional equation…

I was given the following question to solve: "Given a function $\psi_0(z)$ satisfies the following functional equation: $\psi_0(z+1)=\frac{1}{z}+\psi_0(z)$ Prove that ...
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Extension of the Cauchy functional equations

Let $f:(0,a)\to\mathbb{R}$ satisfying $$f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)$$ for all $x,y,x+y\in(0,a)$, where $a$ is a positive real number. Show that there exists an additive function $A:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ such ...
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A problem on solving functional equations

If $f(x),\forall x\in\mathbb{R}$ is continous and differentiable, and satisfies: $f(x_1+x_2)+f(x_1-x_2)=2f(x_1)f(x_2),\forall x_1,x_2\in\mathbb{R}$ $f\left(1\right)=\dfrac{3}{2}$ How to prove: ...
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Proving existence and uniqueness of solutions to the functional equation $f(n) = r \cdot f(n-1)$

Suppose I have a functional equation $f(n) = r \cdot f(n-1)$ where $r$ is a constant. This represents a geometric progression and a known solution is $g(n) = ar^n$ where $a = g(0)$. By intuition, ...
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Solving a linear functional equation

Working with Green functions, I have found to solve the following equation $$ -\omega^2G(\omega)-m^2G(\omega)+\kappa\sum_{n=-\infty}^\infty b_nG(\omega-n\omega_0)=1 $$ where $m$, $\kappa$ and ...
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Solving $(f(x))^2 = f(\sqrt{2}x)$

I would like to know how to solve this equation : $$f(x)^2 = f(\sqrt{2}x)$$ We assume that $f : \mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ is $\mathcal C^{2}$. The answer should be $f(x)=e^{-x^{2}/2}$, but I don't ...
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Follow-up to $f(x)^2 = f(\sqrt2 x)$

This is a follow-up to: Solving $(f(x))^2 = f(\sqrt{2}x)$ . So $f : \Bbb R \to \Bbb R$ is $\mathcal C^2$ and verifies $\forall x,\, f(x)^2 = f(\sqrt2 x)$. We already know that $f(0) \in \{0,1\}$ and ...
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Find all continuous functions $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ satisfying $\frac{f(x+3)}{3+f(x)}=\frac{4+x^2}{x^2}$

Find all continuous $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ satisfying $$\frac{f(x+3)}{3+f(x)}=\frac{4+x^2}{x^2}.$$ I believe the original question was $$\frac{f(x)}{3+f(x)}=\frac{4+x^2}{x^2},$$ which has a ...
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Prove that function is continuous without knowing the function explicitly

Let $f\colon \mathbb R^+\to\mathbb R$ be a function that satisfies the following conditions: $$\tag1 \lim_{x\to 1}f(x)=0 $$ $$\tag2f(x_1)+f(x_2)=f(x_1x_2)$$ Show that $f$ is continuous in its domain. ...
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Calculus of Variations for discrete functionals

Question: How does one determine the optimal function f that either maximize or minimizes: $$\int_{x_1}^{x_2} L\left(x, f, D_{h,x}[f ]\right) dx$$ Whereas: $$ D_{h,x}[f] = \frac{f(x + h) - ...