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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Writing roots of f(x) as f(a) for some a

I was solving a problem when this random thought popped into my head. Suppose you have a function, say $f(x)=x^2-1=(x-1)(x+1)$. The roots of this function are $-1$ and $-1$. We can write these roots ...
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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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How find this function such $f(2010f(n)+1389)=1+1389+1389^2+1389^3+\cdots+1389^{2010}+n$

Question: Find all function: $f:N\to N$, such that $$f(2010f(n)+1389)=1+1389+1389^2+1389^3+\cdots+1389^{2010}+n,\forall n\in N$$ Maybe this is 2010 Mathematical olympiad problem.But I ...
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How to solve the following delay differential equation?

What is the solution for the following equation? $$\frac\partial{\partial q}f(s,q)= \frac s2 f(s+2,q)$$ Note, it is known that the solution for $$\frac\partial{\partial q}f(s,q)= s f(s+1,q)$$ ...
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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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How do I find and list compositions for (f) and (g)?

Ok, I've literally just spent the last 2 hours just to figure out two compositions problems for homework, and I've about had it. Anyone here that can help? Problem 1 $$ f(x) = 2x(2) - x -3 $$ $$ ...
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Solution of functional equation

i know the solutions of the well known Cauchy-functional-equation $f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)$ But what does it change if i have the following form $f(x+g(y))=f(x)+f(g(y))$ ? what can i say about g? ...
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Cauchy's functional equation with polynomial

Let $f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a continuous function that satisfies $$ f(u+av)=f(u) + f(av) + P_n(u,v) $$ where $a$ is a known constant and $P_n(u,v)$ is a polynomial in $u$ and $v$ of ...
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Is there such a function $f:R\rightarrow R$?

Is there such a function $f:\mathbb R\rightarrow\mathbb R$, that for any real $x$ and $y$, we have the equality: $$ \frac{f(x)+f(y)}{2}=f\left({\frac{x+y}{2}}\right)+|x+y|\;\;\;? $$
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The existence of integral equations solution for a 2-dimensional unknown function

Suppose $f(\cdot,\cdot)\in C[0,1]^2$ is a kernel. $f$ is integratble $\int_0^1\int_0^1 f(x,y)dxdy<\infty$. $a,b\in C[0,1]$ are known functions, and $z(\cdot,\cdot)\in C[0,1]^2$ is a 2-dimensional ...
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Width of the Eiffel Tower as a function of height?

In the preface of Advanced Engineering Mathematics, 2nd Ed. by Zill and Cullen, it is claimed that the function relating the width of the Eiffel Tower as to the distance from its top, $x \mapsto ...
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How do you solve $f'(x) = f(f(x))$?

A friend told me to solve the following differential equation: $$f'(x)=f(f(x))$$ I have no idea how to solve this! This doesn't seem to be an ordinary differential equation and I can't even solve ...
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Characterizing functions which satisfy de Moivre's theorem

Let $f$ and $g$ be two non-zero functions $ \mathbb R \to \mathbb R $ which are continuous and differentiable everywhere. Furthermore, say that for all integer $n$: $$ (f(\theta) + i g(\theta))^n = ...
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Evaluation of a class of continued fractions

Is there a closed-form way of writing the continued fraction: $$ 1 + \frac{2}{3+ \frac{4}{5 + \frac{6}{7 + ...}}} $$ EDIT: Since the above has been determined as $\frac{1}{\sqrt{e}-1}$, is there a ...
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Solve the function from the composition [duplicate]

I have equations as follows $$f(f(x))=x^2+x$$ Then solve for $f(x)$. Can anyone give some hints about this question?
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How to obtain $f(x)$, if it is known that $f(f(x))=x^2+x$?

How to get $f(x)$, if we know that $f(f(x))=x^2+x$? Is there an elementary function $f(x)$ that satisfies the equation?
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How to solve this finite-difference equation?

How to solve the following finite-differences equation: $$f(x) = f(x-1) + f(x-\sqrt{2}), \quad x\in [\sqrt{2}, +\infty) \,?$$ Let's say $f(x) = f_0(x)$ for $x \in [0, \sqrt{2})$ is a given function. ...
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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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How to write a summation function that counts the number of nodes in a tree?

I come from a programming background and am interested in learning how to represent some things as simple equations, as an entry into thinking mathematically. How do you represent a tree structure as ...
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Solve for $f(x)$ if $f(f(x))=6x-f(x)$

If $f: [0,\infty) \rightarrow [0,\infty)$ and $f(f(x))=6x-f(x)$ $f(x)>0$ $ \forall x \in (0,\infty) $ Find f(x)
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A late-diverging “approximating solution” for a system of functional equations

Peace be upon you, At the end of this question, I have shown that how computing MLE on an i.i.d Beta distributed data, results in the following system \begin{align*} &\begin{cases} ...
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Continuity of function where $f(x+y) = f(x)f(y) ~~\forall x, y \in \mathbb{R}$.

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a function which satisfies $f(x+y) = f(x)f(y) ~~\forall x, y \in \mathbb{R}$ is continuous at $x=0$, then it is continuous at every point of $\mathbb{R}$. ...
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If the function $f$ satisfies the equation $f(xf(y)+x)=xy+f(x)$, find $f$

Question Let the function $f:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$,and such $$f(xf(y)+x)=xy+f(x)$$ Find all $f(x)$ Let $x=1,y=1$,then $$f(f(1)+1)=1+f(1)$$ let $f(1)=t$,then $$f(t+1)=1+t$$ So I guess ...
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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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If $f(2x-f(x))=x$ . Find all bijective functions.

It is given that $f :[0,1] \rightarrow [0,1] $ and it is bijective. If $f(2x-f(x))=x$ , find all such f. Is my solution correct? My attempt $f(x)$ is bijective. thus there exists g(x) which is the ...
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First order differential equation involving inverse function

I am wondering if there is a way to solve a differential equation of the following form: $$\displaystyle \frac{f'(x)}{x} = \frac{1}{f^{-1}(x)} + \frac{1}{k}$$ We can assume that $f(x): [0,T] \to ...
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if the function $f(f(n))+f(n)=2n+2014$,find the $f$

let the function $f:N^{+}\to N^{+}$,and such $$f(f(n))+f(n)=2n+2014$$ Find the $f(n)$ My try: let $n=1$,then we have $$f(f(1))+f(1)=2016$$ let $f(1)=a$,then $$f(a)+a=2016$$ and let ...
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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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Correct math notation to show min and max of a list of numbers and sign?

I am working on a paper that uses a calculation from DIN 15018. The calculation is only described in text and not as a math equation. I would like to display as an actual equation if possible. The ...
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Re-expressing a function

Is it possible to re-express the function $$ f(t+x_1,t+x_2,x_1,x_2)=x_1+x_2+t $$ as $f(y_1,y_2,y_3,y_4)=???$
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Solutions to functional equation $f(x_1,x_2)+g(a_1t+x_1,a_2t+x_2)+h(b_1t+x_1,b_2t+x_2) = t^2$

Let $f:\mathbb{R}^2\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, $g:\mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ and $h:\mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be twice continuously differentiable functions such that, \begin{align*} ...
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Identifying the exponential function $f(x)=e^x$ from its functional equation

Prove that if $f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)$ for all $x,y$ and $f(x)=1+xg(x)$ where $\lim_{x\to 0}g(x)=1$, then: a) $\exists f'(x)$ $\forall x$ b) $f(x)=e^x$ I would really appreciate your help.
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Expressing a recursively defined function in terms of factorials or gamma function

Given the recursion $$f(n) = nf(n-1) + (n-1)f(n-2) $$ $$f(0) = 1, f(1) = 1$$ How exactly does one express the target function? I know that $$f(n) = nf(n-1)$$ gives rise to $$f(n) = ...
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Can polynomials with degree at least 2 over $\mathbb{R}$ have finite number of solutions in $End(\mathbb{R},+)$

Consider a polynomial of degree at least 2 with all coefficients in $\mathbb{R}$. We are concern with set of solution for the polynomial in $End(\mathbb{R},+)$ - the endomorphism ring of the abelian ...
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Solutions to functional equation $f(f(x))=x$

Is there any more solutions to this functional equation $f(f(x))=x$? I have found: $f(x)=C-x$ and $f(x)=\frac{C}{x}$.
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Able to adjust a Function/Formula with Weighted Variables to correct for changes in a variable?

I apologize for the somewhat cryptic title as I don't quite know how to word it. I have a somewhat abstract question that may have a simple answer. But I am wracking my mind all over this! So ...
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Solutions to functional equation $f(at+x)+g(x)+h(t,bt+x) =0 $

Let $a \neq 0$ and $b \neq 0$ be fixed constants with $a \neq b$. Find all twice continuously differentiable functions $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, $g:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ and ...
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Functional equation with strange property about irrational numbers

Let $f:\mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ be a function such that for any irrational number r, and any real number x we have $f(x)=f(x+r)$. Show that f is a constant function. It's easy to see any constant ...
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Functional equation with cyclic function.

Find all functions $f:\mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ that satisfy: $$ f(x) + 3 f\left( \frac {x-1}{x} \right) = 7x.$$ Some progress: I plugged-in $\dfrac{x-1}{x}$ and $\dfrac{1}{1-x}$, got a system of ...
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Uniqueness of Pexider's functional equation

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$, $g:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$, and $h:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ and consider Pexider's equation, $$ f(x) + g(y) = h(x + y) \qquad \qquad (1) $$ ...
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Convergence of sum of antiderivative and derivative

This question is inspired by this question: Solutions for $ \frac{dy}{dx}=y $?. It makes me wonder if there are any function where the sum of all antiderivative and derivative converges. The ...
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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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I am searching for an unusual real-valued function.

It needs to fulfill following condition for all positive $x,y ∈ ℝ$: $$f(x)+f(y)+2xyf(xy)=\frac{f(xy)}{f(x+y)}$$ any ideas?
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Need a equation that defines a certain number

Im programming a function but I just cant structure the equation. I think this is the right place to ask since the problem is completely mathematics. Let me explain three scenarios. There are 4 ...
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Functional equation relating to normal numbers

My coauthor and I have run into the following problem in a research project involving normal numbers. We suspect that the following question may be resolved using standard techniques in analysis. We ...
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Extending $f(p^k)$ where $p$ is prime

If we have a function $f(x)$, for which we know that $f(p^k)=(p^s+1)^k p^{sk}$ where $p$ is prime, $k$ is a real number, and $s$ is a constant, how do we find $f(x)$? My try: let $k=\log_p(x)$, so ...
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Help with complicated functional equation

Problem: Let $T=\{(p,q,r)\mid p,q,r \in \mathbb{Z}_{\geq0}\}$. Find all functions $f:T\to \mathbb{R}$ such that: $$f(p,q,r)=\\ =\begin{cases} 0, & \text{ if } pqr = 0 \\ 1 + ...
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Equation Theory: A polynomial with specific remainders when divided by specific divisors. What is the remainder when divided by BOTH divisors

Again, for my Equation Theory class, I have the subject question.$p(x)$ has a remainder of 3 when divided by $x-1$ and a remainder of 5 when divided by $x-3$. What is the remainder when $p(x)$ is ...
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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 ...