Elementary questions about functions, notation, properties, and operations such as function composition.

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If the composite function $f_1(f_2(\cdots(f_n(x))\cdots)$ is increasing and $r$ number of $f_i$s are decreasing while rest are increasing…

If the composite function $f_1(f_2(f_3(\cdots(f_n(x))\cdots)$ is an increasing function and if $r$ number of functions are decreasing functions while the rest are increasing, find the maximum value of ...
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find the stationary points for $f(x)=x^{\frac 2 3}$.difference between the stationary point and critical point and one more called turning point.

Find the stationary points for $f(x)=x^{\frac 2 3}$. My work I realized the following $\spadesuit$ $f'(x)=\frac 2 3 x^{-\frac 1 3}$ which is not defined at $x=0$ $\spadesuit$ $f'(x)<0$ for ...
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Injective functions have no functional extrema

Is it true that all functions $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ that are injective (one-to-one) have no functional extrema? I can't find any counterexample, but that can easily be proved when we ...
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how to write a function in terms of Heaviside step function

I'm reading Paul Online Notes. There's an example of writing a function in terms of Heaviside step function as follows: $$ f(t) = \begin{cases} -4 &\text{if } t < 6, \\ 25 &\text{if } 6 \le ...
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$g\left( x \right)=3-\sqrt { x+3 } $

To be honest, I suck at math, so that's why I'm here, to ask you guys a question. The function is $g\left( x \right)=3-\sqrt { x+3 } $. When the value of $x$ is equal to $-3y$ will equal $3$. If $x$ ...
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Is it true that $|f(x)|\leq |f^2(x)|$?

Is the following true for all $x\in\mathbb{R}$ and for all real functions f? $$\left| f(x)\right| \leq \left| f^2(x)\right|$$ Also, is it true that $|f(x)|\leq |f^3(x)|$?
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The supremum value of $x^{2}y^{2}(x^{2}+y^{2})$ when $x+y=2n$ for some fixed $n\in \mathbb N $

Let $S$ be the set of all tuples $(x,y)$ such that $x+y=2n$ for a fixed $n\in \mathbb N$. Then what is the supremum value of $x^{2}y^{2}(x^{2}+y^{2})$ $?$ I substituted $y=2n-x$ ...
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How do we call a pair of sets $A,B$ such that there is some injection $f: A \to B$?

Let $A,B$ be sets and let $f: A \to B$. If $f$ is a surjection, then we may simply write $f(A) = B$ or say in a more laborious way that $f$ maps $A$ onto $B$, to mean the same thing. However, if $f$ ...
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Give a good reason to define a function from A to B as a triple (F, A, B) rather than a functional set of pairs with domain A and image included in B.

The operative part of this question is "good reason": either an example or an argument, without preconceptions or fallacies. The object is comparing two definitions for "a function f from A to B", ...
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Minimum value function

It's just a very simple question, is there a function defined and that tells you the minumum and maximum value of a list of variables, like: min(4, 3) = 3 min(2, 19) = 2 max(1, 10, 3) = 10 Is that the ...
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What is the meaning of Right Hand Limit at $\infty$?

For a limit to exist, the left hand limit must equal the right hand limit. That is, $$\lim_{x\to c^+}f(x)=\lim_{x\to c^-} f(x)$$ However, if $x\to\infty$, then what does the right hand limit mean ? ...
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Range of a Rational Function

How to find the Range of function $$f(x)= \frac{x^2-3x-4}{x^2 - 3x +4}$$ I tried to equate the expression to $y$, then cross multiplied $$ y= \frac{x^2-3x-4}{x^2 - 3x +4}$$ $$ y(x^2 - 3x +4)= ...
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How do we call a pair of sets between which there is a bijection that need not have additional property?

Let $A,B$ be sets and let $f: A \to B$. Then we say that $A,B$ are isomorphic under $f$ if $f$ is a linear function that maps $A$ onto $B$ in a one-to-one manner; that $A,B$ are homeomorphic under $f$ ...
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Intuitive explanation of the Dirichlet function and rationality

The Dirichlet function is defined by $f(x)=\begin{cases} c &\text{ if } x\in \mathbb{Q}\\d &\text{ if } x\notin \mathbb{Q}.\end{cases}, c\neq d$ See MathWorld's page for the full definition. ...
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Characterize in terms of fibre

I am not familiar with the notion "characterize" in the following context. Does this mean to redefine or?.... Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. For a function $f:X\to Y$, and y an element of ...
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What function is this? $\sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{2^{2k}z^{2k-1}}{(2k)!}$ [on hold]

I am interested to know what function represents the following series: $$\sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{2^{2k}z^{2k-1}}{(2k)!}$$
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A continuous bounded function from $\mathbb R$ to $\mathbb R$ can be increasing or not?

Let $f:\mathbb R \rightarrow \mathbb R$ be a continuous and bounded function , then $a$) $f$ has a fixed point. $b$) $f$ cannot be increasing $c$) $\lim_{x\rightarrow \infty} f(x)$ exists. ...
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How do you symbolically represent the general principle of induction? [on hold]

Normally a specific function is given, and then it would be asked to prove the validity of that specific function with induction. But how do you logically represent the general principle of induction ...
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Periodic function without trigonometry and complex numbers [on hold]

Can I get a periodic function without using trigonometric functions or complex numbers?
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Are all operations functions?

I have looked at Wikipedia(I know it's not completely reliable) but on it an operation is formally defined as: "A function ω is a function of the form $ω : V → Y$, where $V ⊂ X_1 × … × X_k$." and I ...
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Fibers of an Element

Prepping myself for a graduate abstract course and we are using Dummit and Foote's Text. We are starting on Chapter 1, so I thought it would be a good idea to go over chapter 0. There is a term that ...
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Injective function $g:B \to A$ from a surjective function $f:A \to B$

I wish to prove the existence of an injective function $g:B\to A$ given a surjective function $f:A\to B$. This sounds simple enough, however I'm having trouble writing a formal proof for it. Thanks ...
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decomposing a function into embedding and projection

I have a simple question. If $f:\mathbb{S}^{2}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is a non-constant continuous function, can we represent it as a composition $f=p\varphi$, where ...
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Limit of a Monotonic Increasing and Non-Bounded Function

I have made a solution for the following question and I'm wondering if it's correct. I think that something is missing here. Can you help me complete the solution? Let $f$ be a function. The ...
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About the stable/invariant point sets in a plane with respect to shift/linear transformation

I'm reading Vlademir A. Zorich's Mathmatical Analysis I, meeting exercise question as following: a) A set $S \subset X$ is stable with respect to a mapping $f:X \rightarrow X$ if $f(S) \subset ...
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Equality of One-One functions. [on hold]

We're given two functions $f$ and $g$ , both $f$ and $g$ are one-one and onto. Now, if we say that $f(x) = g(x)$ for a value of $x$, can we conclude that $f=g$ ?
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Minimum of $f(x)=\sum_{i=1}^n\frac{a_n}{x-b_n}$ occurs at extreme point?

Let $a_1,\ldots,a_n$ be real numbers and $b_1,\ldots,b_n>1$. Define $$f(x)=\sum_{i=1}^n\frac{a_i}{x-b_i}.$$ Is it always true that $f(x)\geq\min\{f(0),f(1)\}$ for all $x\in[0,1]$?
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Does anyone know of an entire function $f$ such that $f(x,y)=0\iff\exists n\in\Bbb{N}\left[y=nx\right]$?

I tried constructing $f$ as $f(x,y) = n\left(\frac{y}{x} \right)$ where $n(a)=\lim \limits_{x \to a} \frac{\sin(\pi x)}{x}$, but I can't figure out how to remove the discontinuities when $x$ or $y$ is ...
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Classify the growth of functions and find a more general growth function

The following function $f(t,x):[0,T]\times R\mapsto R$ such that $\int^T_0|f(t,0)|^2 d t<\infty$, where $0<T<\infty$. If $f(t,x)$ satisfies $|f(t,x)|\leq Ax+B$ for each $x\in R$ and $A, B$ ...
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Restriction over pdf such that an integral inequality holds $\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}\left(F(x)-\frac{2}{3}\right)xf(x)dx\geq 0$

Let $f(x)$ be a pdf in $(-\infty,+\infty)$ and $F(x)$ it's cdf. Assume both are smooth. I need to find restrictions over the pdf such that the following inequality holds: ...
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How many distinct roots $ax^5+bx^3+cx+d$ has

$a,b,c>0$ How many distinct roots $ax^5+bx^3+cx+d=0$ has? question doesnt clarify which kind of root it has. and I dont understand why the question didnt say 'may has' . because by ...
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Can I get anywhere with working out an unknown function if input is restricted? [on hold]

I want to know the formula that a game is using for some task (doesn't really matter what exactly). I know what the inputs and outputs are, but there's a finite number/combination of inputs - I know ...
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How to obtain accumulated counts of past events by time $t$?

Given $f: [0, \infty) \to \{0,1\}$, $f(t)$ represents whether there is an event occurring at time $t$. How can we obtain $g: [0,\infty) \to \mathbb{N}_0$ so that $g(t)$ represents the number of ...
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Find all functions f such that $f(f(x))=f(x)+x$

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ be a function such that $f(f(x))=f(x)+x, \forall x\in\mathbb{R}$. Find all such functions $f$. Clearly, $f$ is an "one-to-one function". I have tried setting ...
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Find maxima and minima of the function

Given: $$f:\mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}, f\left(x,y \right)=-x^4+x^3-3x^2y+3xy^2-y^3$$ Find all points where gradient is equal to zero. Decide whether in those points function has either maxima ...
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Map real numbers into [0:255] using fixed limits interval

I got an interval from x0 to x1. I want all numbers inside this interval to be mapped (preferably linear) from 0 to 255. All numbers below x0 should be mapped to 0. All numbers above x1 should be ...
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Are these two expression equal?

My friend insisted that $(-1)^{(-n)}$ is equivalent to $(-1)^n$ for any number of $n$. A quick check in the Wolfram Alpha show ...
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finite vs infinite set function composition

If there is a set $X$ which is finite with $f : X \rightarrow X$ and $g: X \rightarrow X$, then $f \circ g = 1_X$ iff $g \circ f = 1_X$. How is it true for finite sets? I'm not too sure, but the ...
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Can true surjection really exist for algebraic functions?

Quoting a definition from Wikipedia: A surjective function is a function whose image is equal to its codomain. Consider an arbitrary algebraic function that has $\mathbb{R}$ as its codomain. ...
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Tweaking function to reduce the rate of decay of a logarithmic based curve

Im not even sure if this is possible or perhaps I may need to use a different function altogether but I currently have one that looks like this: $$y = a\log(x+b)+c$$ That produces the red curve ...
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trying to use function transformations with ln

I'm trying to understand if I can use function transformations in the usual sense (vertical and horizontal shift, stretching, etc...) with ln. Specifically, if I look at the graph of ln(x^2) and then ...
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Show that the function is continuous

To show that the function $f: \mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ with $f=\left\{\begin{matrix} \frac{x^3-y^3}{x^2+y^2} & , (x,y) \neq (0,0)\\ 0 & , (x,y)=(0,0) \end{matrix}\right.$ is ...
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What's wrong with this proof for all subsets A and B of X, $F(A\cap B)=F(A)\cap F(B)$?

Definition: If $F:X \rightarrow Y$ and $A\subseteq X$, then $F(A)=\{y\in Y|y=F(x)\text{ for some x in A}\}$ Proposition For all subsets A and B of X, $F(A\cap B)=F(A) \cap F(B)$ Let $F$ ...
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How can the trigonometric equation be proven?

This question : Whats the size of the X angle? has the answer $10°$. This follows from the equation $$2\sin(80°)=\frac{\sin(60°)}{\sin(100°)}\times \frac{\sin(50°)}{\sin(20°)}$$ which is indeed ...
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How can I complete my solution in function problem?

Let $f:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R$ with $f(x)f(y) - f(xy) = x + y$ for every $x,y \in R$. Prove that: a)$f(0) = 1$ b)$f(x) = x + 1$ My solution: a) $f(x)f(y) - f(xy) = x + y$ ...
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Does there exist a function $g\in \mathbb{N}^\mathbb{N}$ s.t. $\{f\mid f\circ f=g\}$ is not empty and finite?

I'm struggling with this question and can't figure it out. The question was too long for the title so I will write it once more: Does there exist a function $g : \mathbb{N} \longrightarrow ...
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For two functions $f,g$ from $X$ to $\mathbb R$ how should I interpret $f \wedge g$?

For two functions $f,g$ from $X$ to $\mathbb R$ how should I interpret $f \wedge g$? I came to such a term while reading the axioms of fuzzy topology.
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Number of integer functions satisfying three constraints

I am trying to understand how many functions $\mathbb{Z^+}\to \mathbb{Z^+}$ which satistfy the three following constraints exist: For every $n \in \mathbb{Z^+}$ $$f(f(n))\leq\frac{n+f(n)}{2}$$ For ...
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Random number function (counting)

I have task I can't get my head around, even with a suggested answer. You have a function the generates a random integer between $0 - 65535$. Your task is to generate random integers $125-525$ ...
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Proving a function $F$ is surjective if and only if $f$ is injective

Problem: Let $X$ and $Y$ be non-empty sets and let $f: X \rightarrow Y$ be a function. Then we can define $F: P(Y) \rightarrow P(X)$ by \begin{align*} F(B) = f^{-1}(B) \qquad \text{for all} \ B \in ...