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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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### Finding a unique continuous function

Let $f$ be a given continuous function on $[0,1]$. How do you prove that there is a unique continuous function $g$ on $[0,1]$ satisfying $$g(x) = \frac{1}{2}g\left(\frac{x+1}{2}\right) + f(x)$$ for ...
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### Do I need to verify solutions to functional equations?

I am studying the (basics of) solving functional equations. My teacher stipulates that we check any solutions obtained by substitution. Similar guidelines are given in this IMO training material. For ...
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### The functional equation $f(x-f(y))=f(f(y))+xf(y)+f(x)-1$

I came across the functional equation: $f(x-f(y))=f(f(y))+xf(y)+f(x)-1$ So far I tried plugging $x=f(y)$ and got $f(x)=\frac{f(0)-x^2+1}{2}$ which holds for every $x = f(y)$. I suppose that $f(0)=1$ ...
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### d'Alembert functioal equation: $f(x+y)+f(x-y)=2f(x)f(y)$

The d'Alembert functioal equation is: $$f(x+y)+f(x-y)=2f(x)f(y)\tag0$$ This equation plays a central role in determining the sum of two vectors in Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries. Is there a ...
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### The functional equation $f(f(x)+xf(y))=xf(y+1)$

I'm trying to solve the functional equation $f(f(x)+xf(y))=xf(y+1)$. Up to now I found that $f(f(0))=0$ when $x=0$ and that $f(y+1)=f(f(y)+f(1))$ by setting $x=1$. Also $f(x)=x$ is an apparent ...
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### How can one show that $f(n)>n$

Given a function $f\colon \Bbb N^\ast\to \Bbb N^\ast$ such that we have $f(f(n))=f(n+1)-f(n)~\forall~n\in\Bbb N^\ast$. Show that: If $f(n+1)-f(n)>1$ then $f(n)>n$. Since $f(n+1)>f(n)+1$ I ...
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### Find all functions $f$ such that $f(x-f(y)) = f(f(x)) - f(y) - 1$

Find all functions $f : \mathbb{Z} \to \mathbb{Z}$ such that $f(x-f(y)) = f(f(x)) - f(y) - 1$. So far, I've managed to prove that if $f$ is linear, then either $f(x) = x + 1$ or $f(x) = -1$ must be ...
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### Functional equation $f(xy)=f(x)+f(y)$ and continuity

Prove that if $f:(0,\infty)→\mathbb{R}$ satisfying $f(xy)=f(x)+f(y)$, and if $f$ is continuous at $x=1$, then $f$ is continuous for $x>0$. I let $x=1$ and I find that $f(x)=f(x)+f(1)$ which ...
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### discontinuous solutions of functional equation

This is a followup to this question. It's well known that Cauchy's functional equation, $$f(x+y) = f(x) + f(y),$$ has discontinuous solutions. In fact, any discontinuous solution is discontinuous ...
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### Can you solve the following functional equation?

I found the following functional equation: Find all functions $f : \Bbb R \rightarrow \Bbb R$ such that: $xf(x) - yf(y) = (x - y)f(x + y)$ for all $x, y \in \mathbb R$ Could you please help me? I ...
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### Functional Equation similar to Cauchy's

Find all functions $f:\mathbb{Q}\rightarrow \mathbb{Q}$ such that for any $x,y\in{}\mathbb{Q}$ we have $$\{f(x)\}+\{f(y)\}=\{f(x+y)\}.$$ Note that $\{t\}$ denotes the fractional part of $t$ for ...
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### Functional equation $f\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)+(x+1)f(x)=1$

Find all functions $f$ such that $f\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)+(x+1)f(x)=1,\space x\neq0$.
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### Does induction find all solutions?

Induction shows that an equality holds for all values of $n$. It doesn't show that this is the only equality or formula for the expression that may hold true, correct? For example, say a question asks ...
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### Finding $f(n)=f(f(n-1))+f(f(n+1))$

Determine whether a function exists from the positive integers to the positive integers which satisfies the equation: $$f(n)=f(f(n-1))+f(f(n+1))$$. My guess is that this function does not exist, as ...
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### continuous function and functional equation

Let $g:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ be a continuous function: $g(x) = g(x+1)$. Show that $g$ satisfies the equation: $g(x)=\frac{1}{4} \left(g(\frac{x}{2})+g(\frac{x+1}{2})\right)$ for all $x$. Is it ...
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### Brute force a formula based on numbers and the result?

I have thought of a very funny thing. In World of Warcraft, all weapons have some Damage Per Second variable specified. I want to know how they calculate that result, based on the result and some ...
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### Does the equation $f(x)+g(y)=x^2+xy+y^2$ have solutions in real functions $f$ and $g$?

Does the equation $$f(x)+g(y)=x^2+xy+y^2 \mbox{ } \forall x,y \in \mathbb{R}$$ have solutions in real functions $f$ and $g$?
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### if $2f\left(\frac{x}{x^2+x+1}\right)=\frac{x^2}{x^4+x^2+1}$ then what is $f(x)$?

assume that: $$2f\left(\frac{x}{x^2+x+1}\right)=\frac{x^2}{x^4+x^2+1}$$ Then what is $f(x)$?
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### How to solve the functional equation $f(x+a)=f(x)+a$

Are there any other solutions of the functional equation $f(x+a)=f(x)+a$ ($a=\mathrm{const}$, $a\in\mathbb{R}\setminus\left\{0\right\}$) apart from $f(x)=x+C$ ($C=\mathrm{const}$)? Edit: $a$ is a ...
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### Find all the functions satisfying this criterion

Find all functions $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ such that $$\left|f(x)-f(y)\right|=2\left|x-y\right|$$
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### Find all functions such that $f: R \longrightarrow R, \forall x \in R, f(x)f(x^2-1)=\sin(x)$.

Find all functions such that $$f: \mathbb{R} \longrightarrow \mathbb{R} \\ f(x)f(x^2-1)=\sin(x), \quad\forall x \in \mathbb{R}$$ That is a difficult problem for me. Help me please.
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### Functional equation for $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \sinh(cn)^{-s}$?

Does anyone know of any kind of functional equation (or closed form) for $\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\sinh(cn)^{-s}$, where $c$ is an arbitrary constant? I've been messing around with it off and on for ...
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### Is $f(x)=e^x$ the only solution to $f(f'(x))=f'(f(x))$? [duplicate]

Is $f(x)=e^x$ the only solution to $f(f'(x))=f'(f(x))$? In particular I'm interested in the qualitative properties of the such solutions.
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### How to prove $X(t)$ is differentiable?

Suppose $X(t)\in M_n(\Bbb R), t\in\Bbb R$ and is continuous, invertible at every point on the real line, if the equation $$X(t)X(s)=X(t+s)$$ holds for all $t,s\in\Bbb R$, prove that there exists a ...
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### Show that retarded argument functional operator is surjective

I want to show that for every $\lambda \neq 0$ and $g\in L^{2}(\mathbb{R})$, there is a $f \in L^{2}(\mathbb{R})$ such that $$e^{-|x+1|}f(x) - \lambda f(x+1) = g(x)$$ I tried looking at the operator ...
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### Find all real polynomials $P(x)$ which satisfy the equation$P(x)P(-x)=P(x^2-1)$

Find all real polynomials $P(x)$ having only real zeros and which satisfy the equation $$P(x)P(-x)=P(x^2-1)$$ Please explain me the process and refer some books to learn polynomials. Thanks ...
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### How to convert $\ max \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(x) dx =\ min \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} g(x) dx$

Let $f$ or $g$ have a given condition. ( example $\int_{- \infty}^{\infty} f(x) exp(-x^2) dx = 1$ Or $g(g(x)) = x^3$ Or a differential equation for one of $f,g$. ) I want to find a general way - if ...
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### Minimizing $\int_{0}^{1} (1+x^2)f(x)^2 dx$ for $f(f(x)) = x^2$

What is $$\min_{f\in D} \int_{0}^{1} (1+x^2)f(x)^2\mathrm dx,$$ where $D$ is the collection of all continuous real functions from $[0,1]$ such that in the interval $[0,1]$ we have $f(f(x)) = x^2$. ...
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### Functional equaliton on continuous function $f:[0,1]\to \mathbb{R}$

Let $f:[0,1]\to \mathbb{R}$ be continuous, and suppose that $f(0)=f(1).$ Show that there is a value $x\in [0, 1998/1999]$ satisfying $f(x)=f(x+1/1999)$.
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### How can I find $f(3)$ if $f(2x)=f^2(x)-2f(x)-\frac{1}{2}$?

If $f(2x)=f^2(x)-2f(x)-\frac{1}{2}$ and $f(1) = 2$ then find $f(3)$. Can you give me any hint that I can start with?
### Express $y$ from $\ln(x)+3\ln(y) = y$
i am finding a inverse function to $$y=\frac{e^\frac{x^3}{3}}{x^3}$$ First step: $$x=\frac{e^\frac{y^3}{3}}{y^3}$$ Next: ... $$(xy^3)^3 = e^{{y}^3}$$ and now in this step i have no idea how can i ...