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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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 ...
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Solve $f\left(\frac{x-3}{x+1}\right)+f\left(\frac{x+3}{x+1}\right)=x$ $\forall x\neq -1$

Given function $y=f(x)$ such that $$f\left(\frac{x-3}{x+1}\right)+f\left(\frac{x+3}{x+1}\right)=x \quad\forall x\neq -1$$ find $f(x)$ and $f(2007)$.
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Proving the shortest function connecting two points is a straight line WITHOUT assuming the Euler-Lagrange equation

For learning purposes, I'm trying to prove that the shortest function passing through the two points $(x_1, y_1)$, $(x_2, y_2)$ is a straight line, without using the Euler-Lagrange equation. My ...
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Solve the functional equation $4f(x)=f(2x)$

Solve the functional equation $4f(x)=f(2x)$. As for now I know that one solution is $f(x)=cx^2$, where c is a constant value.
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What is the minimum degree for a polynomial to pass through points with defined slopes [duplicate]

I'm having some difficulty solving this problem. The information I have is the following: What is the minimum degree for a polynomial for it to pass through points $A(x_1,y_1)$ and $B(x_2,y_2)$ with ...
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Find all real real functions that satisfy the following eqation $f(x^2)+f(2y^2)=[f(x+y)+f(y)][f(x-y)+f(y)]$

Find all real functions $f:\Bbb R\rightarrow\Bbb R$ so that $f(x^2)+f(2y^2)=[f(x+y)+f(y)][f(x-y)+f(y)]$, for all real numbers $x$ and $y$. $f(x)=x^2$ is the only solution I think. So far I have got: ...
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$f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)$ for all $x,y∈\mathbb{R}$. Prove that if $f$ is continuous at some point $x_{0}$, then it is continuous on $\mathbb{R}$ [duplicate]

$f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)$ for all $x,y∈\mathbb{R}$. Prove that if $f$ is continuous at some point $x_{0}$, then it is continuous on $\mathbb{R}$. I have no idea about this question, does anyone could ...
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Number of possible solutions to equation

I am trying to solve $$x+y+z = 32$$ Where $x$, $y$, and $z$ are positive integers I believe the answer is: $C_{2}^{31}=465$ but I am not sure why. Can someone please explain?
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How do find the distribution of a R.V. from this functional/differential equation?

Assume that $X$ is some R.V. with domain $[0,1]$. A function $U:[0,1]\to[0,1]$ is defined as follows: $$U(x)=x\cdot F_X(x)+(1-x)(1-F_X(x)) = 2x\cdot F_X(x)- x - F_X(x) + 1$$ Where $F_X(x)=\int_0^x ...
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Function such that $f(x) f(\pi/2 - x) = 1$

I'm looking for functions that are smooth ($C^\infty$) between $0 < x < \pi/2$ that satisfy the equation $$f(x)\, f(\pi/2-x) = 1$$ on the inteverval $0<x<\pi/2$. I know that the constant ...
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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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Solve functional equation $f(a)f(b)=\frac{1}{2}f(a+b)+\frac{1}{2} f(max(|b-a|,a))$

Solve functional equation $$f(a)f(b)=\frac{1}{2}f(a+b)+\frac{1}{2} f(max(|b-a|,a)),(*)$$ where the following conditions are satisfied: 1)$f:\mathbb{R}_{+}\cup \{0\}\rightarrow [0,1] ,$ 2)$f(0)=1,$ ...
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Soultion of a particular functional differential equation

I need to solve the following functional differential equation: $(4\mu-\lambda r - \lambda x+\lambda)f'(x) = \lambda( f(x) - f(1-x-r))$, where $x\in (0, 1-r)$, $r\in (\frac{1}{2}, 1)$ Or, a more ...
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Solve the functional equation $f(x+a+f(y))=f(f(x))+a+y$ [closed]

So let $a$ be a real number. Find all functions $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ so that $f(x+a+f(y))=f(f(x))+a+y$, for all real $x,y$.
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Cauchy's Functional Equation

Consider Cauchy's Functional Equation $$\phi(t+s)=\phi(t)+\phi(s).$$ Can we say that any right continuous with left limits (cadlag) solution is Borel measurable? Obviously continuous solutions are ...
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Solve the functional equation $2f(x)=f(ax)$ for some $a$.

I am trying to solve the following functional equation, and could use some help.$$ 2f(x)=f(ax)$$ For some $a\in\mathbb{R}$. By repeated adding $2f(x)$ together we notice that $$2nf(x)=f(a^nx).$$ ...
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Find all such functions $f:R\to R$

It's my last question. Just give me advise how to start. Q: Find all such functions $$f:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R,$$ for all real x, y, the equality $$f(yf(x))=x^2y^4$$
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Solving a functional equation in $L_2(\mathbb{R})$

Let $e\left(x\right)=e^{2\pi ix}$ and let $F$ be an arbitrary complex-valued function in $L^2 (\mathbb R)$. I am trying to solve the following functional equation (or rather family of equations): ...
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Nonlinear Functional Equation

Find all functions $f(x)$ such for a given fixed $a\in \mathbb{R}$ such that the following functional equation holds $$f(x)^{2}=f(x/a)$$ I'm not sure how to solve this equation other then using the ...
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Functional derivative of a repeated integral

For a given function $f$, the functional derivative of the functional $\mathcal{F}[\rho]=\int f(x,\rho(x))\,dx$ is well-known to be $\frac{\delta}{\delta \rho(x)}\mathcal{F}[\rho]=\frac{\partial ...
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Functional Equation: Find all functions $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ such that $(x+y)(f(x)-f(y))=(x-y)f(x+y)$

Find all functions $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ such that $$(x+y)(f(x)-f(y))=(x-y)f(x+y)$$ My attempt: If $x=-y \not = 0$ then $0= 2x f(0)$ so $f(0)=0$. Suppose for the sake of ...
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Does the equation $\tan(x)=y$ have any non-zero rational solution?

Trivially $\tan(0)=0$ but it seems this is the "unique" solution of the equation $\tan(x)=y$ on rational numbers. In fact if we try to make $y$ rational we usually use irrational (transcendental) ...
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Find all polynomials with real coefficients that satisfy $(x^2-6x+8)P(x)=(x^2+2x)P(x-2)$

Find all polynomials with real coefficients that satisfy $$(x^2-6x+8)P(x)=(x^2+2x)P(x-2)\forall x\in\Bbb R$$ My work; $$\frac{P(x)}{P(x-2)}=-\frac{4}{x-2}+\frac{12}{x-4}+1\tag{1}$$ ...
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About an integral equation

I would like to obtain $g$ by solving the following integral equation $$ \int_s^T R(u) dg(u) + f(s,T)\int_s^T g(u)du =0$$ where $f,R:\mathbb R _+ ^*\rightarrow \mathbb R _+ $and $g: \mathbb R _+ ...
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A functional equation with no solution

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\to (0,\infty)$ be a differentiable function satisfying $$f(f(x))=f^\prime(x)$$for each $x$. Show no such function exists. I got this problem in an exam. I haven't done anything ...
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functional equation for $x^2$ $f(f(x))=x^4$

If $f(f(x))=x^4$ for all real $x$ and $f(1)=1$ find $f(0)$. It seems that $f(x)=x^2$ but can we solve without this explicit form of $f$?
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Functional equation $f(x)-f(y)=\frac{1}{(x-y)^{2}}$

Please help me to solve the functional equation $$ f(x)-f(y)=\frac{1}{(x-y)^{2}} $$ for all real $x\neq y$. I have reduced it to $$ f(x+h)-f(x)=\frac{1}{h^{2}} $$ for all real $h\neq 0$. But what to ...
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Solving an integral (or series) equations system

Peace be upon you, In the question A late-diverging "approximating solution" for a system of functional equations, I have asked for an approximating solution for a system of functional ...
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If $f$ is continuous, $f(1) >1$ and $f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)$, then $f$ is increasing.

Consider the function $f$ with the following properties: $$\lim_{x\rightarrow 0} f(x) =1,$$ $$f(x+y)=f(x)\,f(y),$$ $$f(x) >0,\quad \forall x\in\mathbb{R},$$ $$ -\infty<x,y<\infty.$$ Show ...
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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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How to derive an proof for this infinite square root equation?

Here is continuous square root, namely: $\sqrt {1 + a \sqrt {1+b \sqrt {1+c\sqrt {1 +...}}}}$= any integer Find $a,b,c,d,e,f,...$ in general Uh, very interesting algebra pre-calculus problem, yet ...
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Functional-equation for strictly increasing functions

Let $n,c$-given natural numbers .Let $f(x)$ - strictly increasing function , domain of definition and set of values of ​​which are non-negative integers ,$f(0)=0 , f(1)=c$ and \begin{align} ...
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$f\left(x + \frac1x\right)= x^3+x^{-3},$ find $f(x)$

$$f\left(x + \frac1x\right)= x^3+x^{-3},$$ find $f(x)$. What i do know at this state is that.. express x as a function of y : $y= x + 1/x$ $x^2−xy+1=0$ Quad formula: $x= (y ± \sqrt {y^2-4}) / 2$ ...
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How to find the function $f$ that satisfies $f(x, y) = f(x^{-1}, y^{-1})^{-1}$ and $f(x, y)$ is $\approx$ $average(x, y)$?

Fist of all, I'm a programmer, not a mathematician, and I'm sorry for my non native English. And I'm sorry if the question is not appropriate, it is my first time here. Or if the question has no ...