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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how to get $ f(x) $ if we know $ f(f(x))=x^2+x $

how to get $ f(x) $ if we know $ f(f(x))=x^2+x $ Is there elementary function of $f(x)$ satisfy the equation?
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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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Deriving the series representation of the digamma function from the functional equation

By repeatedly using the functional equation $ \displaystyle\psi(z+1) = \frac{1}{z} + \psi(z)$, I get that $$ \psi(z) = \psi(z+n) - \frac{1}{z+n-1} - \ldots - \frac{1}{z+1} - \frac{1}{z}$$ or ...
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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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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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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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General solution of a finite-difference equation with real non-commensurable differences.

How to find a general solution of the following functional (recurrence) equation: $$f(x) = c_1 f(x - a_1) + \dots + c_n f(x - a_n), \tag{1}$$ where $c_i, a_i$, $i = 1, ... n$ are arbitrary real ...
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Rotate an implicit surface

Say I have a the implicit equation: $F(x,y,z)=(x^2+y^2+z^2+R^2-r^2)^2-4R^2(x^2+y^2)$ for $R>r>0$. Which gives me a torus laying on the XY plane. How can I modify the equation that it might lie ...
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Solving a functional discrete equation.

I was to solve the following functional discrete equation (I arguing that $a_k$ is a discrete function): \begin{equation}f\left[a_{k+1}\right]-f\left[a_{k}\right]=0\end{equation} where ...
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Changing the length scale of the system of coordinates

Change the length scale on the axes of original system of coordinates, in which the equation $$y=x^3-px\qquad\text{(1)}$$ is plotted, i.e. introduce new coordinates $x_1$ and $y_1$ instead of ...
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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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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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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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Determine the polynomials $p(x)$ satisfying $x\cdot p(x-1) = (x-26)\cdot p(x)$

Determine the polynomials $p(x)$ satisfying $x\cdot p(x-1) = (x-26)\cdot p(x)$. My Solution: Put $x=0$, we get $p(0) = 0$, Similarly put $x=26,$ we get $p(26) = 0$. That means $x=0,26$ are two roots ...
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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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Find $f(x)$ such that $f(f(x)) = x^2 - 2$

Find all $f(x)$ satisfying $f(f(x)) = x^2 - 2$. Presumably $f(x)$ is supposed to be a function from $\mathbb R$ to $\mathbb R$ with no further restrictions (we don't assume continuity, etc), but ...
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If $f(xy)=f(x)f(y)$ then show that $f(x) = x^t$ for some t

Let $f(xy) =f(x)f(y)$ for all $x,y\geq 0$. Show that $f(x) = x^p$ for some $p$. I am not very experienced with proof. If we let $g(x)=\log (f(x))$ then this is the same as $g(xy) = g(x) + ...
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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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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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Given $f(f(x))$ can we find $f(x)$?

Given $f(f(x))=x+2$ does it necessarily follow that $f(x)=x+1$? This question comes from a precalculus algebra student.
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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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Find all bijections $\,\,f:[0,1]\rightarrow[0,1]\,$ satisfying $\,\,f\big(2x-f(x)\big)=x$.

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 functional relation $$ f\big(2x-f(x)\big)=x, \tag{1} $$ for all ...
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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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Solve the functional equation $f(1+xf(y))=yf(x+y)$

Problem Find all functions $f:\mathbb{R^+}\rightarrow \mathbb{R^+}$ such that: $$f(1+xf(y))=yf(x+y)$$ for all $x,y \in \mathbb{R^+}$ Progress I can only prove $f$ is a surjective function. I ...
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Properties of solutions of the functional equation $f(kx) = kf(x)$

My problem is that I have a function: $f\colon\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$ with the property that $f(kx) = kf(x)$ for all $k,x \in\mathbb R$. a) I shall show that $f(0)=0$ b) If $f$ is not 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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Really nice functional equation with second partial deratives.

Show that $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}$, $f \in C^{2}$ satisfies the equation $$\frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial x^2} - \frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial y^2} = 0$$ for all points $(x,y) \in \mathbb{R}^2$ if ...
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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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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 Recursion in terms of factorials

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 $$f(n) = \Gamma(n+1)$$ ...
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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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Nonlinear inhomogeneous recurrence $f(x)^2=f(x+1)+S(x)$ to find nested radical

I want to solve the recurrence relation $$f(x)^2=f(x+1)+S(x)$$ where $S(x)$ is a given polynomial. The background is to find nested radicals expressions of the form ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are even Dirichlet series constants?

I consider a Dirichlet series with an absolute abscissa of convergence $\sigma$ that can be meromorphically extend to $\mathbb{C}$: $$\phi(s)=\sum_{n=1}^{+\infty}{\frac{a_n}{n^s}}$$ and the analytic ...
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A unsolved puzzle from Number Theory/ Functional inequalities

The function $g:[0,1]\to[0,1]$ is continuously differentiable and increasing. Also, $g(0)=0$ and $g(1)=1$. Continuity and differentiability of higher orders can be assumed if necessary. The ...
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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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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 ...