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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Existence solution pendulum equation using the contraction principle

How can I prove that the differential equation $\ddot{x}(t)=-(g/\ell)\sin (x(t))$ must have a solution by using the contraction principle (by Banach). The numbers $g$ and $\ell$ are fixed constants ...
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Is there a $f\in C[0,1]$ such that $f(x)=\frac12 \sin (f(1-x))$

Is there a $f\in (C[0,1],\lVert\cdot\rVert_{\infty})$ such that $f(x)=\frac12 \sin (f(1-x))$? I feel like you need to apply Banach´s fixed point theorem, which means it suffices to prove that ...
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Is $T:C[0,1]\to C[0,1]: Tf(x)=\frac12 x f(x^2)+1$ a contraction?

I am a non-mathematician (a physicist) who wants to find a continuous function on $[0,1]$ that satisfies the relation $f(x)=\frac12 x f(x^2)+1$ with $0\le x\le 1$. I need it for one of my models. ...
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Problem in Putnum competition? [closed]

Suppose $f:\mathbb{R}\longrightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is a continuous function and $f(2x^2 -1)=2xf(x)$ for all $x\in \mathbb{R}$. Prove $f(x)=0\,\,\text{for all} \, x\in [-1,1].$
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Functions satisfying $f:\mathbb{N}\rightarrow\ \mathbb{N}$ and $f(f(n))+f(n+1)=n+2$

Find all functions $f$ such that $f:\mathbb{N}\rightarrow\ \mathbb{N}$ and $f(f(n))+f(n+1)=n+2$ Let us plug in $n=1$ $f(f(1))+f(2)=3$ Since the function is from $\mathbb{N}$ to $\mathbb{N}$, ...
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Is this a valid equivalence between the classes of Differential Equations?

Consider the general first order Linear Ordinary Differential Equation: $$ \frac{dy}{dx} = A(x,y) = \frac{F(x,y)}{G(x,y)}$$ This equation is characteristic equation of the Partial Differential ...
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Entire $f,g$ such that $f(f(z)) = p(g(z))$

Let $p(z)$ be a given polynomial of degree $3$. How to find nonconstant entire functions $f,g$ such that $f(f(z)) = p(g(z))$ or prove they do not exist ? I considered the related equation $f(f(z)) ...
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Functional Equation $f(f'(x))=-f(x)$

Assume $f:\mathbb{R}_{>0}\to\mathbb{R}$ is differentiable and satisfies $\forall x>0:f(f'(x))=-f(x)$. What is $f(x)$? I know that $f(x)=\ln x$ is a solution, but I don't know if there is ...
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Functions that hasn't any root

we say that a function like $f:X \to X$ has root if exists a function like $g:X\to X$ that for every $x \in X$: $$f(x) = g(g(x))$$ what is a necessary and sufficient condition for $f$ that it has a ...
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Continuous function with differentiation

Let $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R} $ be a continuous function with $f(x+y) = f(x) +f(y),\forall x,y\in \mathbb{R}.$ Find $\frac {df} {dx} $, if it is exist?
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Find all real functions so that $f(xf(y)+f(x))=f(yf(x))+x$

Find all functions $f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ so that $f(xf(y)+f(x))=f(yf(x))+x$ $f(x)=\pm x$ should be the only solution. It's easy to get that $f(f(0))=f(0)$.
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Is distributivity sufficient to define composition?

Function Composition has the property of distributivity: $$(f\star g)\circ h = (f\circ h)\star(g\circ h)\;\forall f,g,\star \in\{+,-,\times,\div\}$$ I was wondering if these properties uniquely ...
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When can we take that $f(1)=1$?

I have been doing some functional equations and in some of them they just say " WLOG let $f(1)=1$ ", but I don't get why they can do that... Can someone please help me? I can't find the example of ...
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Solve the following functional equation $f(xf(y))+f(yf(x))=2xy$

Find all function $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ so that $f(xf(y))+f(yf(x)=2xy$. By putting $x=y=0$ we get $f(0)=0$ and by putting $x=y=1$ we get $f(f(1))=1$. Let $y=f(1)\Rightarrow ...
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Is there a function $f(x)$ such that $f(f(x))=e^x$? [duplicate]

Is there a function which would be a "functional square root" of the exponential function? I.e., function $f(x)$ such that: \begin{equation} f(f(x))\equiv f^2(x)=e^x \end{equation} If not, what is ...
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Existance of solution to integral Fredholm equation

I am a bit confused with the existence/non existence of a solution to the following equation: $$\int_{-T}^{T} R(t,\tau) x(\tau) d\tau = y(t), \forall t\in [-T,T]$$ where $y(t)=C$ (a constant ...
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All $f$ such that $(\exists k)(f^\prime(x) = f(x+k))$ [duplicate]

I was wondering if there is a general way to solve the functional equation $$(\exists k)(f^\prime(x) = f(x+k))$$ I know that this is true for certain functions: $$(e^{cx})^\prime = e^{c(x+\frac{\ln ...
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Prove that a functional has an unique global minimun.

Consider the funcional $$ E(u)=\frac{1}{p}\int_{\Omega} |\nabla u|^pdx-\int_{\Omega}fudx. $$ Where $u \in W^{1,p}_{0}(\Omega)$, $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ is a regular and bounded domanin, $p \in (1, ...
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Don't understand why this generating function needs to be taken to the power $-1$

I'm given the following recursive formula for a sequence: $u_{n+1}=u_n+\sum_{k=1}^{n-1}u_ku_{n-k}\ (n\ge1),\ u_0=0,\ u_1=1$ Since $u_0=0$ we can rewrite: $u_{n+1}=u_n+\sum_{k=0}^{n}u_ku_{n-k},\ ...
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Cauchy functional equation and the implicit function theorem

The problem statement: Suppose $f:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is continuously differentiable, $f'(x)$ is strictly increasing, with $\lim_{x \to -\infty}f'(x) = -\infty$, $\lim_{x \to \infty}f'(x) = ...
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Solve $\sin \frac{\alpha - \beta}2 + \sin \frac{\alpha - \gamma}2 + \sin \frac{3\alpha}2 =\frac 3 2$

Solve the following trigonometric eqation where $\alpha, \beta, \gamma$ are angles in a triangle ($\alpha + \beta + \gamma = 180$): $$\sin \frac{\alpha - \beta}2 + \sin \frac{\alpha - \gamma}2 + \sin ...
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Infinite Double Exponential Sum, with Functional Equation $g(x) = g(\sqrt{x})$

What is a closed form for $$ \sum_{-\infty}^{\infty}\frac{x^{2^i}(x^{2^i}-1)}{(x^{2^{i+2}}+1)} $$ The series has the form: $$... \frac{x^{\frac{1}{4}}(x^{\frac{1}{4}}-1)}{x+1} + ...
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Functions such that $f(f(n))=n+2015$ [duplicate]

Is there a function $f:\mathbb N \to \mathbb N$ such that $\forall n \in \mathbb N, f(f(n))=n+2015$ ? Here's what I've done: Assuming such a function exists, ...
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$(x-y)f(x+y)-(x+y)f(x-y)=4xy(x^2-y^2)$ and $f(1)=2$

Let $f$ be a differentiable function such that $(x-y)f(x+y)-(x+y)f(x-y)=4xy(x^2-y^2)$ and $f(1)=2$. Then area enclosed by $$\frac{|f(x)-x|^{1/3}}{17}+\frac{|f(y)-y|^{1/3}}{2}\le\frac14$$ I rearranged ...
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$(r^2-s^2)^2-(5\cdot\min\{r,s\})=2015$. Find all positive integer solution of this equation.

I know the $\min\{x,y\}$ means the minimum value of $x$ and $y$. and it can be expressed as, $\min\{x,y\}= \frac12\left( x+y-\sqrt{(x-y)^2}\right)$
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Functional equation $f(ax)=bf(x)$ [duplicate]

What are all the solutions to the functional equation $f(ax)=bf(x)$, where $a,b>0$, and $f$ is continuous, strictly monotone and increasing, and $x$ ranges over the reals? references? proof? ...
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Is there a way to graphically show that a solution is the minimum or stationary solution to a functional?

I'm looking for the functional analogue to the visual representations of function optimization you most commonly see. To illustrate, if we have some function: $$ f(x) = (x-1)^2+1 $$ We can look at ...
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General Solution to Almost Riccati Like Equation

Consider the differential equation $$ y' = a_0(x) + a_1(x)y + a_2(x)\frac{1}{y}$$ I am attempting to find the general solution to this. One thing I can note is that the entire equation can be ...
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Can $f(x+1) = f(x)^{\ln(x)}$ be expressed as integral transform $\int g(x,t) dt $?

Let $x$ be a real number. Can some real-analytic function $f$ that satisfies for $x>3$ :$f(x+1) = f(x)^{\ln(x)}$ be expressed by standard functions as an integral transform : $$f(x) = ...
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Show that f is periodic if $f(x+a)+f(x+b)=\frac{f(2x)}{2}$?

Suppose $a$ and $b$ are distinct real numbers and $f$ is a continuous real function such that $\frac{f(x)}{x^2}$ goes to 0 when $x$ goes to infinity or minus infinity. Suppose that$ ...
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Difficult Functional Equation Problem, Non-Standard Type

Find all functions, $f:\mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{N}$, for which $f(1) = 1, f(2n) < 6f(n)$, and $$3f(n)f(2n+1) = f(2n)(3f(n)+1).$$ My first approach is to try to play around and set values equal to ...
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A monotonic multiplicative integer functional equation.

Let $ f:\mathbb N \to \mathbb N $ be such that $ f (x)> f (y)$ if $x> y$. $ f (xy)=f (x) f (y) $. $ f (3) \geq 7$. Find the smallest value of $ f (3) $ My attempt:if we can define the ...
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How are Zeta function values calculated from within the Critical Strip?

We note that for $Re(s) > 1$ $$ \zeta(s) = \sum_{i=1}^{\infty}\frac{1}{i^s} $$ Furthermore $$\zeta(s) = 2^s \pi^{s-1} \sin \left(\frac{\pi s}{2} \right) \Gamma(1-s) \zeta(1-s)$$ Allows us to ...
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General Solution to functional equation

I was wondering how to derive the solution to $$ \frac{f(x + (1-2x)) - f(x)}{1-2x} = f(x)$$ Which can be simplified to $$\frac{f(1-x) - f(x)}{1-2x} = f(x)$$ One idea is as follows. Consider the ...
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Prove that a $1$-periodic function $\phi$ is constant if $\phi(\frac{x}{2}) \phi(\frac{x+1}{2})$ is a constant multiple of $\phi$

For $0 < x< \infty$, let $\phi (x)$ be positive and continuously twice differentiable satisfying: (a) $\phi (x+1) = \phi (x)$ (b) $\phi(\frac{x}{2}) \phi(\frac{x+1}{2}) = d\phi(x),$ where ...
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Convergence of the solution of Volterra integral equation with convergent kernel.

Consider the following Volterra integral equation $$ g(t) = \int_0^t K_n(t,s)w_n(s) ds $$ where $g(t)$ and $K_n(t,s)$ are known(continuous) and $K_n(t,s)\geq K_{n+1}(t,s)$ for all $t,s$. Moreover, ...
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Solve functional equation $(x+y)(f(x)-f(y))=f(x^2)-f(y^2)$

Find all real functions $f\colon \mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ so that $(x+y)(f(x)-f(y))=f(x^2)-f(y^2)$. Can someone at least find the value of $f(1)$ if it is possible, it would help me.
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Defining sine and cosine

We know the following are true about sine and cosine (and that they can be proven geometrically): $\sin(a+b)=\sin(a)\cos(b)+\sin(b)\cos(a)$ $\cos(a+b)=\cos(a)\cos(b)-\sin(a)\sin(b)$ ...
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Evaluation of $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\operatorname{e}^{-\mu x^2}f(\nu x)\operatorname{d\!}x$ for $\mu>0$

I'm trying to evaluate the integral $$ \Psi(\mu,\nu)=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\operatorname{e}^{-\mu x^2}f(\nu x)\operatorname{d}\!x\qquad(\text{for}\; \mu>0)\tag 1 $$ where $\nu\in\Bbb R$ and $f$ ...
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Is there any standard terminology for this property?

Let $f$ be a map whose domain is $X$. If $f$ satisfies the property that for all $x\in X$, $$f(f(x))=f(x)\text{,}$$ is there any standard name for such a function? Not sure if "projection" is the ...
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Additive & Multiplicative Link

Is there an isolative property about the following multivariable equation: $$f_1(x)g_1(y)=f_2(x)+g_2(y)$$ That is, is this equation rearrangable such that it may be put in the form ...
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Difficult Functional Derivative

I've been working on this problem set for a little bit now and I've finally made it to the last question. I'm now left with this monster and I don't quite understand where to proceed. All the ...
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Commutivity of second functional derivatives

In multivariable calculus we learn that partial derivatives are commutative: i.e. $\partial _{xy}F=\partial_{yx}F$ When dealing with multiple functional derivatives this doesn't seem to be the case. ...
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Symmetry and the zeta function

It is an incontestable fact that symmetry is one of, if not the, most powerful tools a mathematician can have at his or her disposal. What I want to know, is if there are any good reasons as to why it ...
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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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Manipulating an equation

I am working on one of my assignment questions and am having difficulty manipulating the equation. The equation is as follows, where I have to solve for T, temperature, and the rest of the variables ...
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Solution to functional equation and Cauchy

I want to show that the only continuos solutions to the functional equation $g(x)+g(y)=g(\sqrt{x^2+y^2})$ is $g(x)=cx^2$ where c is a constant i.e. c=g(1). I think that I maybe could rewrite the ...
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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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Problem involving distances on a parametrically defined curve

SO the problem is stated below: A curve is defined paramterically by: $$x(t)=a\cosh t$$ and $$y(t)=b\sinh t$$ where a and b are positive constants and $-\infty < t < \infty$ The expression ...
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Newton method why the error is proportional to the square for the error of the last one?

We have learned that the Newton method is used to solve different equations. As I know, this method is iterative, which means that using an estimate point and using a loop, we can get closer and ...