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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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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Solving the functional equation $f(x) = f(x / \phi) f(x / \phi^2 - 1)$

I'm trying to find a function $f(x)$ such that the spacing between consecutive roots looks like the infinite Fibonacci word: $$1, \phi^{-1}, 1, 1, \phi^{-1}, 1, \phi^{-1}, 1, 1, \phi^{-1}, 1, 1, ...
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Solve the functional equation $f(x+a+f(y))=f(f(x))+a+y$ [on hold]

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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Continuous function $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ such that $f(f(x)) = -x$?

I've been perusing the internet looking for interesting problems to solve. I found the following problem and have been going at it for the past 30 minutes with no success: Find a continuous ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When does the convergence of operators in $L^1$ also implies the pointwise convergence of it's kernel?

Let $Tf(x)=\int_{\mathbb{R}^n}{K(x,y)f(y) dy}$, where $f\in L^1$, be a bounded operator in $L^1$ and assume that $K(x,y)$ is also bounded. Now consider a family of $L^1$ bounded operator $T_{j}$ such ...
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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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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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A simple functional equation problem [closed]

We have a natural numbers onto natural numbers function( it is surjective) such that $f(f(m)+f(n))=m+n$. Prove that $f(c)=c$
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An Interesting Function

What would be the fastest method to compute Hyperfactorial Function written below F(n,r)=H(N)/H(r)*H(N-r) where r < N where H(N)=(1^1)(2^2)(3^3).....(N^N)
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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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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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Proof of continuity $f(x+y) = f(x) + f(y)$

I am trying to prove that if I have $f:\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ satisfying $\forall x,y\in\mathbb{R},f(x+y) = f(x) + f(y)$. Which is assumed continuous at $0$, that $f$ is continuous on $\mathbb{R}$ ...
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Approximating the Digamma fucntion near 1

Peace be upon you, I had the following system of equations to be solved \begin{align*} \begin{cases} \psi(\alpha)-\psi(\alpha+\beta)=c_1\\ \psi(\beta)-\psi(\alpha+\beta)=c_2 \end{cases} \end{align*} ...
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How to create a equation that is linear or exponential taking account to the sum?

Example I want to sell 1000 products on 10 days. I want the development on sales to be linear. How do I create a equation that can tell me how much I should sell per day? if the days where the x ...
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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 ...
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Equation about generating functions and subfactorial

Suppose $G_n(w)$ is a formal power series (really a probability generating function, see the following explanation) of variable $w$, try to solve out $G_n(w)$ for all $n\ge0$ from the ...
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How do I show that $f'(x)=f(x)f'(0)$ from $f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)$ [closed]

I already know $f(0)=1$, but let's assume that $f'(0)=k$, how do I get to $f'(x)=kf(x)$?
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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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Evaluating $f(x) f(x/2) f(x/4) f(x/8) \cdots$

Let $f : \mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ be a given function with $\lvert f(x) \rvert \le 1$ and $f(0) = 1$. Is there a nice simplified expression for $$\begin{align}F(x) &= f(x) f(x/2) f(x/4) f(x/8) ...
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Polynomial satisfying $ P \big(P (x)\big)=P (x)+ P\big(x^2\big)$

If $P(x)$ is a polynomial with integer coefficients such that for all integer $x$, $$P (P (x)) = P (x)+P (x^2).$$ I've tried solving it putting it as a function instead. Not much though. How do you ...
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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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Applications of mathematics to some kinds of sporting strategies

I am a rather newbie maths person. Haven't studied maths in a while and so not sure what things are called was hoping to get some information to push me in the right direction so I know what it is I ...
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How to demonstrate a particular functional equation solution

In order to find a prior probability distribution I have to solve the following functional equation: $$af\left(\frac{a\theta}{1-\theta-a\theta}\right)=(1-\theta+a\theta)^2f(\theta)$$ the solution of ...
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Show a function for which $f(x + y) = f(x) + f(y) $ is continuous at zero if and only if it is continuous on $\mathbb R$

Suppose that $f: \mathbb R \to\mathbb R$ satisfies $f(x + y) = f(x) + f(y)$ for each real $x,y$. Prove $f$ is continuous at $0$ if and only if $f$ is continuous on $\mathbb R$. Proof: ...
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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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Are there algorithms for solving simple functional equations?

So somebody posted yesterday asking a question for continuous solutions $f$ satisfying $f(x+y) = f(x)f(y)f(xy)$. Continuity could be used for a simpler proof but then somebody posted a solution ...
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Functional equation involving gamma function

Recently, I found the following functional equation: $$ n^{nx-1}\cdot\prod_{k=0}^{n-1}{\Gamma{\left(x+\frac{k}{n}\right)}}=\Gamma{(nx)}\cdot\prod_{k=1}^{n-1}{\Gamma{\left(\frac{k}{n}\right)}} $$ Now ...
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Failing to reproduce specific Functional derivative

I'm failing to reproduce an (indirect) result in a paper, namely $${δF[g]\overδg(x,y,z)}={r^4\over\ell^5} $$ where $F[g]=\iiint \frac{2dxdydz}{\ell g(x,y,z)} $ and $g(x,y,z)=-{\ell^2 \over r^2} $. ...
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Integers and funtional equation [duplicate]

Let $\Bbb{Z}^+$be the set of all non-negative integers where $n$ and $k$ are given natural numbers. We consider the following non-decreasing function, $$f:\Bbb{Z}^+ \to \Bbb{Z}^+$$ such that ...
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Functional Equation $f(mn)=f(m)f(n)$.

If $f: \mathbb N \mapsto \mathbb N$ is one-to-one and $f(mn) = f(m)f(n)$, what is the smallest possible value of $f(999)$? Easily $f(1)=1$, and I think $f(n)=n$ must be the only map, but not able to ...
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Example of a non-trivial function such that $f(2x)=f(x)$

Could you give an example of a non-constant function $f$ such that $$ f(x) = f(2x). $$ The one that I can think of is the trivial one, namely $\chi_{\mathbb{Q}}$, the characteristic function on the ...
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Solve the functional equation $\,\,f(2x)=2x f^\prime(x)$

If $f(x)$ is a real analytic functions on $\mathbb R$, and $$2xf'(x)=f(2x),$$ then find $f(x)$. My idea: express $f$ as: $$f(x)=\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a_{n}x^n.$$ Thank you
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Differentiability Problem

Supposing we are given relation that $$f(xy + 1)= f(x).f(y) - f(y) - x +2$$ and also given that $$f(0)=1$$ for a differentiable function then is function one-one onto? I partially differentiated ...
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mathematical models

$S=S_{0}.\displaystyle\frac{4ae^{1/2d}}{(1+a)^2\cdot e^{a/2d}-(1-a)^2\cdot e^{-a/2d}} $ How do I find k in the above formula knowing that where $a=\sqrt{1+4ktd}$ ? Note: try to isolate k in the ...
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Which functions satisfy the equation $\,\,f(x)\,f(y)-f(x+y)=\sin x\,\sin y\,$?

Find all continuous functions $f$ which satisfy the functional equation $$ f(x)\,f(y)-f(x+y)=\sin x\,\sin y, $$ for all $x,y\in\mathbb R$. I can prove that $f(n\pi)=\cos\left(n\pi\right)$ for all ...
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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 ...