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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Find $g(x)$ if $f(g(x))=f(x)g(x)$ and $g(2)$=37, $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ are polynomials

Suppose $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ are non-zero polynomials with real coefficients, such that $f(g(x))=f(x)\times g(x)$. If $g(2)=37$, find $g(x)$. I tried plugging $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ as $n$ and $m$ ...
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Find all function satisfying a condition with $\min$ and $\max$

Find all functions $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ such that $$ \forall (x,y)\in\mathbb{R}^2,x\ne y,\quad \min (f(x),f(y)) \leq \frac{f(x)-f(y)}{x-y} \leq \max(f(x),f(y)) $$ I have started with ...
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Functional equations

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\to \mathbb{R}$ is a function such that for all real $x$ and $y$, $f(x+y)= f(x) + f(y)$ and $f(xy)= f(x)f(y)$, then prove that $f$ must be one of the two following functions: ...
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Functional equation of non-negative function

Find all $ f:[0,\infty)\rightarrow [0,\infty) $ such that $ f (2)=0 $, $ f (x)\not= 0 $ for $ x\in [0, 2) $ and $$ f (xf (y)) f (y)=f (x+y) $$ for all $ x, y\ge 0 $. I tried plugging in values ...
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Non trivial solutions of $g\circ f-f\circ g=g\circ f\circ g$

While thinking of perfect numbers, I came across the functional equation $g\circ f-f\circ g=g\circ f\circ g$ where the unknowns $f$ and $g$ are functions from $\mathbb{R}$ to itself. I only know one ...
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A Funtional Equation

Find all functions ${\rm f}:{\mathbb N}\times{\mathbb N} \rightarrow {\mathbb N}$ satisfying $$ \begin{array}{rrcl} a) & {\rm f}\left(n,n\right) & = & n \\[2mm] b) & {\rm ...
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On a function with a (complicated) functional equation.

Let $g(x,y)$ be a function such that: I. $-1\lt g(x,y)\lt1.$ II. $$\ln(\frac{1+g(x,y)}{1-g(x,y)})+2y\tan^{-1}(yg(x,y))=2(y^2+1)x,$$ for $x\in\mathbb R, y\gt1.$ Then i. Show that $g(x,y)$ ...
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What is the family of functions that satisfies

Let $f$ be a continuous function in $\Re$, differentiable (at least one time). Then, which functions can satisfy: $$ \frac {f(x)} {f'(x)}= - \frac {f(x-\frac {f(x)} {f'(x)})}{f'(x-\frac {f(x)} ...
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Find all functions ${\rm f} :{ \mathbb R}_{+}\to{ \mathbb R}_{+}$

Find all functions ${\rm f}:{\mathbb R}_{+} \to {\mathbb R}_{+}$ , such that $\forall\ x,y \in \mathbb R_+$ the equation $$ \left[1 + y{\rm f}\left(x\right)\right]\left[1 - y{\rm f}\left(x + ...
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Solutions to $g(ab) = ag(b) + bg(a)$ - “Zero function question”

This question was recently asked and then voluntarily removed by its author. I thought it was interesting enough to get an answer. The question was as follows: "The function $g:\mathbb R\to\mathbb ...
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Functional Equation : $f(x) = f(x + y^2 + f(y))$

This problem is from my textbook: Given : $f:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$ Solve this functional equation : $f(x) = f(x + y^2 + f(y))$ I think this function is just a simple constant, so I try all my ...
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Finding Inverse of Function With Two Instances of X

I need to find $f^{-1}(2)$ where $f(x) = 2 + x^2 + tan(πx/2)$ I know can substitute $f(x)$ with $y$ and swap $x$ and $y$: $$x = 2 + y^2 + tan(πy/2)$$ But I'm having trouble eliminating the tangent: ...
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How to take partial derivatives of functions whose inputs depend on the same variable?

I am starting to learn about the Calculus of Variations and the Euler-Lagrange equation is extremely confusing to me: The Euler–Lagrange equation, then, is given by ...
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A fairly difficult differential equation

I was thinking what if I had a differential equation of the form: $$\frac{d^2u}{dx^2} + vu(x) = 0 $$ where $v(y(x))$, that is $y$ is a function of $x$. What are the possible restrictions that I can ...
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Find all bijections $\,\,f:[0,1]\rightarrow[0,1],\,$ which satisfy $\,\,f\big(2x-f(x)\big)=x$.

A friend of mine gave me the following problem: Find all functions $f:[0,1]\to[0,1]$, which are one-to-one and onto and satisfy the following functional relation: $$ f\big(2x-f(x)\big)=x, \tag{1} $$ ...
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How to find all polynomials P(x) such that $P(x^2-2)=P(x)^2 -2$?

I am trying the fallowing exercise : Solve $P(X^2 -2)=P(X)^2 -2$ with P a monic polynomial (non-constant) My attempt : Let P satisfying $P(X^2-2) = (P(X))^2-2$ Then $Q(X)=P(X^2-2) = (P(X))^2-2$ ...
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How prove there is no continuous functions $f:[0,1]\to \mathbb R$, such that $f(x)+f(x^2)=x$.

Prove that there is no continuous functions $f:[0,1]\to R$, such that $$ f(x)+f(x^2)=x. $$ My try. Assume that there is a continuous function with this property. Thus, for any $n\ge 1$ and all ...
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When can an arbitrary function be put into this form?

A problem I've been trying to address but not been able to get very far with is to devise a method to check whether or not some function $q(x)$ can be written like $$ q(x) = ...
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Linear-like function

Suppose we need to find all the functions $f: \mathbb{R} \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}$ such that $\forall x,y,z\in \mathbb{R} ~~ f(x+z) - f(x) = f(y+z) - f(y)$ It can be shown that $~~\forall r \in ...
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Mellin transform and a proof of the functional equaton for the $ \zeta (s) $

i would like to obtain a proof of the functional equation for the RIemann zeta function to do so i would like to know if there is a function or a distribution so $$ \int_{0}^{\infty}f(t)t^{s-1}dt = ...
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Worded Problem: Model a Plane Landing

I have no idea to model this. All I know are the two points $(50, 10)$ and $(0,0)$ Then from after solving I get $a=1/12500$ and $b=0$ The textbook answers are:
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What is the solution of the following functional equation? (I must confess it is a headache for me)

Find all the functions $f: \mathbb{Z} \to \mathbb{Q} $ such that $f(\frac{x+y}{3})=\frac{f(x)+f(y)}{2}$; $\forall x,y\in\mathbb{Z}$ knowing that $\frac{x+y}{3}\in\mathbb{Z}$.
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Functional equations leading to sine and cosine

This question is a possibly harder version of: Find $g'(x)$ at $x=0$. Question. Let $f,g :\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$, such that \begin{align} f(x-y)=f(x)\, g(y)-f(y)\, g(x), \tag{1}\\ g(x-y)=g(x)\, ...
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Non-constant solution of $f(x+y+z)=f(x)g(y)+f(y)g(z)+f(z)g(x)$ in rings

The answers to this question prove that over an integral domain the functional equation $$f(x+y+z)=f(x)g(y)+f(y)g(z)+f(z)g(x)$$ has only solutions where one of $f$ or $g$ is constant. The proofs make ...
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Find $g'(x)$ at $x=0$

The question is: Question. Let $$f(x-y)=f(x)\cdot g(y)-f(y)\cdot g(x)$$ and $$g(x-y)=g(x)\cdot g(y)+f(x)\cdot f(y)$$ for all $x,y \in \mathbb{R} $. If right hand derivative at $x=0$ exists for ...
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Functional Equation $f(n) = 2 f(n / f(n) )$

I have the following functional equation: $f(n) = 2 \cdot f\left(\frac{n}{f(n)}\right)$ Under the precondition that $ f(n) = \omega(1) $, monotinic and a initial value $ f(1) = \Theta(1) $ one can ...
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Continuous solutions of $f(x+y+z)=f(x)g(y)+f(y)g(z)+f(z)g(x)$

Consider the following functional equation: $$f(x+y+z)=f(x)g(y)+f(y)g(z)+f(z)g(x)$$ where the equation holds for all $x,y,z \in \mathbb{R}$. One solution is $f(x)=cx$ and $g(x)=1$. What are all the ...
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Probability distribution satisfying constraints?

Continuing from this question. Given two random variables $X$ and $Y$ where $X \sim \operatorname{Beta}(a, b)$ and $Y \sim \operatorname{Beta}(c, d)$, I'm looking for a random variable $Z$ with a ...
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Find all real to real function satisfy this functional equation.! $f((x+y)/(x-y))=[f(x)+f(y)]/[f(x)-f(y)]$

Find all real to real function satisfy this functional equation.! $$f\left(\frac {x+y}{x-y}\right)=\frac {f(x)+f(y)}{f(x)-f(y)}$$ I couldn't get to the final answer but I get $f(0) = 0$ and $f(1) = ...
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Find all continuous functions $ f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ such that

Find all continuous functions $f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ such that $$f(x)^2 - 2\Bigl\lfloor\,2\,\bigl|f(2x)\bigr|\,\Bigr\rfloor f(x) + \Bigl\lfloor{4f(2x)^2-1}\Bigr\rfloor = 0\,.$$ Here ...
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Find a solution for f(1/x)+f(1+x)=x

Title says all. If f is an analytic function on the real line, and $f(1/x)+f(x+1)=x$, what, if any, is a possible solution for $f(x)$? Additionally, what are any solutions for $f(1/x)-f(x+1)=x$?
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How find this function equation $(f(x))^2-(f(y))^2=f(x+y)\cdot f(x-y)$

Find all the continuous bounded functions $f: \mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ such that satisfying the function equation $$(f(x))^2-(f(y))^2=f(x+y)\cdot f(x-y)$$ By the way :I have see this problem( is ...
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Symmetric expressions for homogeneous functions

Suppose $f(x_1, \ldots, x_n)$ is a homogeneous function, i.e. a function such that $$f(\lambda x_1, \ldots, \lambda x_n) = \lambda^d f(x_1, \ldots, x_n)$$ for all $\lambda$ and for some positive ...
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How to solve this infinite set of equations?

If I can find a solution to the following set of equations then, with a bit of luck, I should be able to derive all sorts of nifty new results in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics. However, I'm ...
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Reference request: Where is this functional equation found?

$$ g\left(\frac{x+y}{1+xy}\right) = g(x)g(y). $$ One solution is $$ g(x) = \frac{1+x}{1-x}. $$ Another is $$ g(x) = \sqrt\frac{1+x}{1-x}. $$ Any other power of the first solution is also a solution, ...
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Periodic solution of differential equation y′=f(y)

Let $f∈C^∞(ℝ^2,ℝ^2)$ and $∀x∈ℝ^2$ $f(kx)=k^2f(x)$ for $k∈ℝ$ Show that any periodic solution of $y′=f(y)$ is constant. My attempt : Let $\lambda \in \mathbb{R}$. Let $g$ a periodic solution ...
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Existence of a function with a changing period

$f,\alpha$ are continuous $\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ functions satisfying: $$f\big(x+\alpha(x)\big)=f(x)$$ If $f$ is non-constant, must $\alpha$ be constant? My idea was to use the fact ...
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Question on 2 functional equations.

Let $z,x$ be complex numbers. Im looking for analytic functions $f(z)$ such that : $$1) \exp(\ln^{5} (f(x))=\sum_i a_i f(b_ix)$$ $$2)f(x)^5=\sum_j c_j f(d_jx)$$ holds for all $x$ and where both ...
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Find all functions

Hi I'm not sure if I'm correct in this example: Find all functions such that $f(x-|x|)+f(x+|x|)=x$ where $x \in R$, so my answer is the are only one function satisfying this condition ...
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Functional equation with function defined on $\mathbb{N}^{*}$

Let $ f:\mathbb{N}^{*} \mapsto \mathbb{N}^{*} $ be a function with the following property: $$ \frac{f(x+1)f(x)-2x}{f(x)}=\frac{2f^2(x)}{x+f(x)}-1$$ Determine all functions with this property. (I'm ...
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Is there an everywhere-defined function that satisfies $f(x+y)=\frac{f(x)+f(y)}{1-f(x)f(y)}$

Is there a function $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ which is differentiable and satisfies the following: (1) $f(x+y)=\frac{f(x)+f(y)}{1-f(x)f(y)}$ (2) $f'(0)=1$ (1) is the functional equation for ...
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What is the analytical solution to a Volterra integral equation?

I need to solve a following equation: \begin{equation} r_{k+1} = -\sum\limits_{l=0}^{k-1} r_l \cdot (k-l) \cdot \left(\frac{\omega}{t_c - l}\right)^{2 \beta} + \delta_{k,0} \end{equation} subject to ...
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My proof of Cauchy functional equation?

Although I have not quite studied functional equations, I came upon Cauchy functional equation and tried to prove it. Here is what I have done: We are given the condition, $f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)$. ...
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Real analytic $f$ satisfying $f(2x)=f(x-1/4)+f(x+1/4)$ on $(-1/2,1/2)$

What are the real analytic functions $f\colon (-\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2}) \to \mathbb{C}$ that satisfy the following functional equation, and how are they derived? ...
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Solving the differential equation $f'(x)=af(x+b)$

How does one find all the differentiable functions $f\colon \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ which satisfy the equation $$ f'(x)=af(x+b),\quad \text{for}\quad a,b \in \mathbb{R}? $$ I see that functions ...
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Continuous $f$ satisfying $f(2x)=f(x-1/4)+f(x+1/4)$ on $(-1/2,1/2)$

What are the continuous functions $f\colon (-\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2}) \to \mathbb{C}$ that satisfy the following functional equation, and how are they derived? ...
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Numerically solving delay differential equations

I understand that the Dickman Function can be solved numerically by converting it to a delay differential equation. The Mathworld link above describes how this may be achieved for $$\rm ...
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Weird ordinary differential equation

I am searching for the functions $f,g:[0,\infty) \to [0,\infty)$ which are both increasing, $f'$ is strictly increasing, $g$ is the inverse of $f$ and $$ g(x)^2=f(x)^2\cdot g'(x)$$ My approach was ...
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Functional equation question

The following has come up in the course of my research. I'm looking for a function $f:\mathbb{Z^\star}\to\mathbb{R}$ such that $$ 2f(i) - f(i+j) - f(i-j) = \lambda j $$ for all $i\ge0$ and all $j$ ...
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Solution $\chi$ of $\chi_k(x)=\chi_x(f_k(x))$ given $f_k$ bijective

Given a family $\{ f_a \}_{a\in H}$ of bijective functions over a set $H$ I need to find a family of functions $\{ \chi_a \}_{a\in H}$ from $H$ to $H$ such that for every fixed $k$ in the family ...