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 all pairs of functions $(f,g)$, $\forall x, y \in \mathbb{R}, f(x+g(y))=x f(y) - y f(x) + g(x)$

Find all pairs of functions $(f,g)$ : $\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}, g : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ satisfying : $$\forall x, y \in \mathbb{R}, f(x+g(y))=x f(y) - y f(x) + g(x)$$ I am really stuck ...
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Find the least possible value of $n$ such that there exist $P(x), Q(x) \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$

Find the least possible value of $n, n \geq 2015$ such that there exists polynomial $P(x)$ with degree $n$, integer coefficients, the coefficient of the term $x^n$ is positive and polynomial $Q(x)$ ...
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Looking for all sequences such that $a_i^2+a_j^2=a_k^2+a_l^2$ whenever $i^2+j^2=k^2+l^2$

I'm working in a difficult functional equation, and I have reduced the problem to the following question ($\mathbb{N}$ denotes the set of non negative integers $0,1,2,3,4\cdots$) Question: Can we ...
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What are the densities of branches of the euclidean tree?

The Euclidean algorithm shows how all coprime pairs of positive integers can be uniquely obtained from the pair $(1,1)$ by applying the two operations $(a,b) \to (a+b,b)$ and $(a,b) \to (a,a+b)$. (or ...
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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): $e\...
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Increasing function $f(x)$ such that $f(\gcd(x,y))=\gcd(f(x),f(y))$

This problem was largely inspired by this problem here. There were many counterexamples given to the problem, such as multiplicative function that maps primes to a permutation thereof. However, if $...
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Infinite Double Exponential Sum, with Functional Equation $g(x) = g(\sqrt{x})$

What is a closed form for $$ \lim_{n\to-\infty}\sum_{i=n}^{\infty}\frac{x^{2^i}(x^{2^i}-1)}{(x^{2^{i+2}}+1)} $$ The series has the form: $$... \frac{x^{\frac{1}{4}}(x^{\frac{1}{4}}-1)}{x+1} + \frac{...
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Convergence of the solution of Volterra integral equation with convergent kernel.

Consider the following Volterra integral equation $$ g(t) = \int_0^t K_n(t,s)w_n(s) ds $$ where $g(t)$ and $K_n(t,s)$ are known(continuous) and $K_n(t,s)\geq K_{n+1}(t,s)$ for all $t,s$. Moreover, $...
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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, $x \mapsto f(x)$,...
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Functional equation: $f(x,y)=f(x+y,y)=f(x,x+y)$

Is there a nonconstant continuous function $f:\mathbb{R}^2\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ satisfying the functional equations $f(x,y)=f(x+y,y)=f(x,x+y)$? If the answer is yes, can we characterize all ...
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Functional division $\max(f(x+y),f(x-y))\mid \min(xf(y)-yf(x), xy)$

As the title suggests, the problem here is: Find all functions $f:\mathbb{Z}\to\mathbb{N}$ such that, for every $x,y\in\mathbb{Z}$, we have $$\max(f(x+y),f(x-y))\mid \min(xf(y)-yf(x), xy)$$ I ...
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Integer functional equation $f(f(f(n)))=f(n+1)+1$

Can you find all functions $f:\mathbb N\rightarrow\mathbb N$ satisfying the functional equation $$ f(f(f(n)))=f(n+1)+1 $$
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Solution techniques for f'(x)=f(g(x))

I stumbled over this seemingly natural question and was surprised, that I couldn't find a satisfying answer. Differential equations of the type $f'(x)=g(f(x))$ are studied for all kind of classes of ...
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Show that f is periodic if $f(x+a)+f(x+b)=\frac{f(2x)}{2}$?

Suppose $a$ and $b$ are distinct real numbers and $f$ is a continuous real function such that $\frac{f(x)}{x^2}$ goes to 0 when $x$ goes to infinity or minus infinity. Suppose that$ f(x+a)+f(x+b)=\...
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Symmetry and the zeta function

It is an incontestable fact that symmetry is one of, if not the, most powerful tools a mathematician can have at his or her disposal. What I want to know, is if there are any good reasons as to why it ...
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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} \psi(\alpha)-\...
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Wronskian different from zero and solutions of ODE.

Let $a_0, \ldots , a_{n-1}$ continuous functions in an interval $I$.Consider the equation $$x^{(n)} = a_{n-1}(t)x^{(n-1)}+\cdots+a_0(t)x. \tag 1$$ Let $\phi_1, \phi_2, \ldots,\phi_n$ $n$ are ...
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$f(a+b,\lambda) = f (a,\lambda) \cdot f(b,\lambda)$

Consider the equation: $f(a+b,\lambda) = f (a,\lambda) \cdot f(b,\lambda)$, for $a \geq 0$ and $b \geq 0$. Is my understanding that this simple functional equation is important in analysis. Can ...
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Vector valued contraction

I am familiar with the Banach Fixed Point Theorem and I have used it to prove existence and uniqueness of functional equations in Banach spaces like $C(X)$, the space of bounded continuous function $f:...
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Function with $f(f(n))=f(n-1)f(n+1)-f(n)^2$

Let $\mathbb{N}$ denote the set of positive integers. Does there exist a function $f:\mathbb{N}\rightarrow\mathbb{N}$ such that $$f(f(n))=f(n-1)f(n+1)-f(n)^2$$ for all $n\geq 2$? If $f$ is linear, ...
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What are some standard methods for solving functional equations?

I have searched the internet for methods on solving functional equations, unfortunately, most of them consist mainly of substituting values for the variables or on guessing solutions. I think those ...
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Solving a functional equation $2 f(2x)=f(x)(1+\cos(x))+f(x+\pi)(1-\cos(x))$

I am trying to solve the following functional equation, which appears in some of my physics calculations : $f(x)=\frac{1}{2}\left(f(\frac{x}{2})(1+\cos(\frac{x}{2}))+f(\frac{x}{2}+\pi)(1-\cos(\frac{x}...
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Find the polynomial $p(x)$

A polynomial $p(x)$ gives a remainder of $1$ when divided by $x^{100}$ and a remainder of $2$ when divided by $(x-2)^3$. Evaluate $p(x)$. By the Remainder Theorem, $p(x)$ can be written as $$p(x)...
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Functional Equation $f(m + f(n)) = f(m) - n$

Well, similar questions have already been asked. But they are not identical and the solution methods offered there are not the same one as here. Anyway, I want to solve functional equation $f(m + f(n))...
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What can be said about a function with rotational symmetry of order other than 2?

It is well known that an odd function is a function whose graph has rotational symmetry of order $2$ (about the origin). Suppose the graph of $f:U \to \Bbb{R}$ has rotational symmetry of some higher ...
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What special role plays the function $\pi^{\frac x\pi}$ in analysis?

I have tried to redefine some special functions in the most "natural" way, that is the way which allows to simplify the relations the most. I would call these functions "parelementary". The ...
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Is the product rule for logarithms an if-and-only-if statement?

If a function $f(x)$ is proportional to $\ln x$, then we know $$ f(xy) = f(x) + f(y). $$ My question is, Is the converse true? If we know that, for an unknown function f, $$ f(xy) = f(x) + f(y), $$ ...
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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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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 question:...
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Is this a field of study?

Is there a name for an equation that takes the following form? $$F(f(x),f^{-1}(x),x)=0$$ A nice example being $$f(x)-f^{-1}(x)=0$$ because the solutions of this equation are their own inverses. ...
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Solving functional equation

Problem:find all continuous functions $f:[0,+\infty)\to [0,+\infty)$ such that $$f(y^2f(x)+x^2f(y))=xy(f(x)+f(y)),\;\forall x,y\in [0,+\infty)$$
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Could we compute $P(t^2)$?

Let $P$ be an operator such that $P(kx)=kP(x)$, $k \in \mathbb{C}$, $x$ is a variable, $P(xy)=P(xP(y))+P(P(x)y)-P(x)P(y)$, $x, y$ are variables. All variables commute. Let $P(t)=t$. Then $P(t^2)=2P(...
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Order of Recursion?

Define an extended algebraic function $f(a)$ as a function on $a$ that utilizes any combination of recursive extensions and inverses of sequentiation. Example: $a + 1$ , sequentiation. $a + a$, ...
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secants, exponentials, quotient structures

Trigonometric functions are . . . . . . somewhat like exponential functions. If $f$ is an exponential function, then $\displaystyle \frac{\prod_i f(\theta_i)}{f\...
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A function $f(x)$ such that $f(f(x))=\ln(x)$

How to find a continuous function $f(x)$ for $x > 12$, such that $f(f(x))=\ln(x)$? Preferably analytic too.
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Analytic function that provide $f^2(z)=z$

I am trying to solve this problem: Does there exist a function $f(z)$, that is analytic at $E=\{x+iy :x>y\}$ and provides $f^2(z)=z$ for every $z \in \mathbb C$. I have seen a solution that ...
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Function Shape Reference

I'm wondering if their exists a visual/behavioral reference for the fundamental families of functions. I'm not a mathematician so excuse my language if I'm being overly vague. I would like to have a ...
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Find all functions such that $f(c+x)+f(c-x)=k$ for some constants $c,k$

The question is inspired by this answer. Find all continuous and differentiable functions $\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ such that $f(c+x)+f(c-x)=k$ for some constants $c,k$ in some interval $x \in (a,b)...
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About periodicity of $f(\frac{m}{n})=\frac{3m-1}{2n+1}$ when $\frac{m}{n}$ is reduced form.

Consider a function $f\colon\mathbb{Q}_{>0}\longrightarrow\mathbb{Q}_{>0}$ such that $f(x)=\frac{3m-1}{2n+1}$ where $x=\frac{m}{n}$ and $\frac{m}{n}$ is reduced form. (i.e., $\gcd(n,m)=1$ and $...
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The function $\psi (x+2)=1+\sqrt{2\psi (x)-\psi^2 (x)}$

The function $\psi : \mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ satisfies the relation: $$\psi (x+2)=1+\sqrt{2\psi (x)-\psi^2 (x)},$$ for all real $x$. What features it has? Place your example of at ...
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Find all functions $f: \mathbb{R}\setminus\{0\} \to \mathbb{R}$ satisfying $3f(x) - f\left(\frac{1}{x}\right) = x^2$

Find all functions $f: \mathbb{R}\setminus\{0\} \to \mathbb{R}$ satisfying $3f(x) - f\left(\frac{1}{x}\right) = x^2$. What I did was first plug in $x = 1$ to get $2f(1) = 1 \implies f(1) = \frac{1}{...
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Resolution of equation such that $f(…f(x)…)=x$

I am wondering if it exits a way to find "easely" the solutions of an equation about a function $f$ such that $$f^{(n)}(x)=x$$ where $f^{(n)}$ is the n-th composition of $f$ itself. Obviously the ...
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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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We all know about compositions of functions, but what about decomposition. Is there a way with math, not just heuristics?

The composition operator is a well know and quite often used method in integration and differentiation, think u-substitution. However, given a composition like $$f(f(f(...f(x)...)))$$ Where there are ...
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What problems are related with the following type of FDE with delay?

Consider the following class of functional differential equations with delay: $$\begin{align} \frac{du}{dt} &= F(x,t,u(x,t),u_{t,x}), & (x,t) &\in [a,b] \times [0,T] \\ u(x,t) &= \psi(...
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A matrix version of Fredholm integral equation of the second kind

Fredholm integral equation are often encountered in physics. I have to deal with the following Fredholm matrix equation \begin{equation} \big[ L (x,y) \big]_{ij} = \big[ A (x,y) \big]_{ij} + \sum_{k} \...
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Is this a valid equivalence between the classes of Differential Equations?

Consider the general first order Linear Ordinary Differential Equation: $$ \frac{dy}{dx} = A(x,y) = \frac{F(x,y)}{G(x,y)}$$ This equation is characteristic equation of the Partial Differential ...
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Functions that hasn't any root

we say that a function like $f:X \to X$ has root if exists a function like $g:X\to X$ that for every $x \in X$: $$f(x) = g(g(x))$$ what is a necessary and sufficient condition for $f$ that it has a ...
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Don't understand why this generating function needs to be taken to the power $-1$

I'm given the following recursive formula for a sequence: $u_{n+1}=u_n+\sum_{k=1}^{n-1}u_ku_{n-k}\ (n\ge1),\ u_0=0,\ u_1=1$ Since $u_0=0$ we can rewrite: $u_{n+1}=u_n+\sum_{k=0}^{n}u_ku_{n-k},\ (n\...
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Is there a way to graphically show that a solution is the minimum or stationary solution to a functional?

I'm looking for the functional analogue to the visual representations of function optimization you most commonly see. To illustrate, if we have some function: $$ f(x) = (x-1)^2+1 $$ We can look at ...