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

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Invert this formula

How do I invert this to solve for $P(g_n(k)\cdot s)$? $$Z(s)=\left(1+\sum_{n>0}\prod_{k=1}^t \frac {(-1)^{f_n(k)}}{{f_n(k)}!}\left(\frac {P({g_n(k)}\cdot s)}{g_n(k)}\right)^{f_n(k)}\right)^{-1}$$ ...
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Is it possible to define an inverse of the main three trig. functions without domain restrictions?

Ok, I know that the main three main trigonometric functions, that is the tangent, sine, and cosine, are periodic and thus not one-to-one, but onto. And, since an inverse requires a function to be onto ...
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Explain why this composite function is not allowed?

Explain why this composite function is not allowed when $f(x) = 2x+1, x \in [-5,5]$ and $g(x) = x^2, x \in \mathbb{R}, x \geq 0$ How would you change the domains so that the function $fg(x)$ can ...
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Find all function $f:\mathbb{Z}^+\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}^+$ such that $f(m^2+f(n))=f(m)^2+n.$

Find all function $f:\mathbb{Z}^+\rightarrow \mathbb{Z}^+$ such that $$f(m^2+f(n))=f(m)^2+n.$$ Let $P(x,y)$ be the assertion: $f(x^2+f(y))=f(x)^2+y \; \forall x,y \in \mathbb{Z}^+.$ $P(x,x)$ ...
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How to prove that composition of functions is a function

Using the fact that a function is a relation, which is a subset of the product of $X$ and $Y$. $(a,b)$ belongs to $f$ and $(a,c)$ belongs to $f \implies b=c$
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Confused about basic of image

Hello I tried to work a problem from the text called " Introduction to Real Analysis" by Robert G Bartle and Donald Sherbert and I encountered a small difficulty. I am starting to think that my ...
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What does $f^{-1}(B)= \{ x \in X \mid f(x) \in B\}$ mean?

I have encountered the expression $$f^{-1}(B) = \{ x \in X \mid f(x) \in B\}$$ My questions are: 1) What does the $-1$ exponent mean in this context? 2) Is it right to say "if the set $X$ ...
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Prove that $f(X\cap f^{-1}(Y))=f(X)\cap Y$

Let $\ f\colon A\to B$ and let $X\subset A$, $Y\subset B$, prove that $$f(X\cap f^{-1}(Y))=f(X)\cap Y$$ The "$\subset$"$-$inclusion is easy: if $y\in f(X\cap f^{-1}(Y))$, exists a $x\in X\cap ...
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What is the actual definition of a function?

I am learning precalculus and my book defines the following: A function $f$ from a set $A$ to a set $B$ is a rule that assigns to every element $a$ in $A$ one and only one value in $B$. Well, I ...
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What is the function $f$ such that $\sum_{k=0}^n f(k)=n^3$?

$$\begin{align*} 1 &\leadsto 1 \\ 1+3 &\leadsto 2^2 \\ 1+3+5 &\leadsto 3^2 \end{align*}$$ In general, if $f(x)=2x+1$, then $f(0)+f(1)+f(2)...f(n)=(n+1)^2$. Now, $$\begin{align*} 1 ...
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Find formula structure for a complex function

I am looking to find the function formula structure of a repeating function like the one in the image linked below.... Something that repeats indefinitely (like a sine wave) on the X-axis. Anybody ...
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Let $(X,Σ,μ)$ be a measure space and $f$ and $g$ are positive integrable functions and $h=f-g$

Please please please please please I want some help ,Is there and body here who can help me in this question : Let $(X,Σ,μ)$ be a measure space and $f$ and $g$ are positive integrable functions and ...
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If the derivative is zero on [a, b] so the function is constant - using Heine-Borel?

I know the proof using MVT but I was wondering if it can be proofed using Heine-Borel Lemma, that "Every open cover of close interval has a finite subcover". (without compactness, simple as that). ...
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Piecewise Logistic Function [Satellite Data]

I am working with $16$-day MODIS EVI (satellite) data and I want to fit a Piece-wise Logistic Function through my $23$ EVI data values. The following formula is for the Piece-wise Logistic Function: ...
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Let $f(x)$ be a polynomial such that $f(a)=b, f(b)=c, f(c)=a$ Then Prove that $a=b=c$. [on hold]

Let $f(x)$ be a polynomial in $x$ With integer coefficient. If for natural numbers $a,b,c$, $f(a)=b, f(b)=c, f(c)=a$ Prove that $a=b=c$.
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well defined mapping-function

I would like to know how to show an mapping or function is well defined i think in generale we use that : -$f$ is well defined mapping iff $( x\in E\implies f(x)\in F)$ in particular when mapping ...
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Is 'a' differentiable in f when f is a product of a differentiable and non-differentiable function?

Recently, I was studying differentiable and non-differentiable functions and I wondered whether this "conjecture" of mine is true: 1) "If $f(x)$ is a function that is the product of $g(x)$ and $h(x)$ ...
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$f(f(y)+1)=y+f(1)$ is bijective.

Find all functions $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ such that $$f(xf(y)+x)=xy+f(x), \; \forall x,y \in \mathbb{R}.$$ I read a solution in finding this function. It states that setting $x=1$ ...
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Can we say that a function is increasing/decreasing on some range if there's a vertical asymptote in that range?

The graph below shows the function $f(x)=\frac{e^x}{x-1}$ Can we say that the function is decreasing for all $x\le2$ (there's a local minimum at $x=2$) or do we have to take the asymptote at $x=1$ ...
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open problems regarding functions

I am looking for some open problems regarding functions. Problems like, Whether a function satisfying some properties say, X,Y,Z, exists or not, is unknown. Like there is no function $f(x)$ such ...
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Counting functions and stirling numbers

Let S= { f | f: A $\rightarrow$ B, |Image(f)|=k}. |A|=m, |B|=n. where k $ \le n, k \le m $ |S|=$ {n \choose k} $ S(m,k) k!. where S(m,k) are the striling numbers of the second kind. What I can't ...
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Is there a name for the function of a semicircle?

Recently I've learned many different names for different types of functions... but I've been wondering, is there a name for this type of function? $\sqrt{x - x^2}$
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Technical name for an almost-monotonic function

I'm wondering if there’s a technical name or short phrase that describes a function that’s monotonic, subject to some uniformly bounded amount of backtracking. $\exists \epsilon \forall x , y : y \gt ...
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Must a continuous function on $\mathbb R$ with only rational values be constant? [duplicate]

As I'm preparing for my exam I have to solve the following question: Determine if the following is correct: Let $f$ be a continuous function is $\Bbb R$. If $f$ recieves only rational values, ...
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Why is $\max(x, x')$ equivalent to $\frac{1}{2}( x + x' + |x - x' |)$?

Why is it that $$\max(x, x') = \frac{1}{2}( x + x' + |x - x'|)$$ is true? Is it supposed to be obvious? Because it seems to come out of thin air for me. Anyway, I've verified this by plotting it in ...
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Elementary number theory proofs using functions

The functions $f$ and $g$ are defined by $f(x) =$ remainder when $x^2$ is divided by $7$. $g(x) =$ remainder when $x^2$ is divided by $5$. (a) Show that $f(5)=g(3)$ (b) If $n$ is an integer, ...
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Periodicity of Newton's method approximations on a cubic polynomial

Bruckner & Bruckner, Elementary Real Analysis Let $f(x) = x^3 - 3x + 3$ Applying Newton's method to get $x_{n+1} = x_n -\frac{f(x)}{f'(x)} \ ,$ prove that for any positive integer $p$, there ...
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Ratio known and Amount needed known

You have a a recipe for the perfect orange juice, it is: 26 parts Water to 1 Part Orange Juice (26:1). However overall you only want 20ml of mixed liquid (orange juice and water combined). What ...
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Finding periodic (trigonometric?) function given points

It's been a while since I've taken a math class. I need a couple functions for a program I'm working on. I can tell they involve trigonometry, but I can't figure out how to derive the function ...
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Function/algorithm to generate a random walk on a graph

I'm looking for a graph function or an algorithm that can generate a random fluctuating random walk that will eventually converge between the value of y = 0 and y = 1, more or less after a number of ...
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Is it possible to approximate $cos(x)$ with a linear combination of Gaussians $e^{-x^2}$?

I am interested in approximating $\cos x$ with a linear combination of $e^{-x^2}$. I am not an expert in approximation theory but there are a couple things that give me a bit of hope that it might be ...
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Confused by one-to-one question, I think it's order incorrectly

I have this question and it seems a tad redundant If $A$ and $B$ are infinite sets, is it possible for there to be a 1-1 function from $A$ to $B$ and a 1-1 function from $B$ to $A$ without there ...
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Why is this function a bijection?

Consider the function below $$f:\mathbb{R^+} \to \mathbb{R^+}$$ given by $$f(x) = \sqrt{x}$$. Now it makes sense that the function is injective because $f(x) = f(y) \implies \sqrt{x} = \sqrt{y} ...
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How can one solve $1^x=2$?

Sure, common sense says there's no solution. But, I feel, there should be one! (If there isn't, can't we construct one?)
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Lazy mathematician: what are the real lengths in an Ideal Lambert quadrilateral?

At the moment it is to hot for real mathematics but I wanted to have a function that relates the lengths of the real sides of an Ideal Lambert quadrilateral An Ideal Lambert quadrilateral (my term, ...
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How to find the value of $2g(1)+2f(1)-h(1)$?

If $$\lim_{ m\to\infty }{ \frac { x^{ m }f(1)+h(x)+1 }{ 2x^m+3x+3 } }$$ is continuous at $x=1$ and $g(1)=\lim_{ x\to0}(\ln x)^{ 2/\ln(x) }$ then how to find the value of $2g(1)+2f(1)-h(1)$? Assume ...
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$f(x)=y$ while $g(y)=x$; Is it possible to find two not reverse functions that behave such at least for a given set of inputs and outputs?

I want to know if it is possible to program such a code that could determine two distinguish, not inverse, functions, say $f$ and $g$, that is true for the below statements at a given input and output ...
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Please write down exact output after the following statements are proceesed [on hold]

Please write down exact output after the following statements are proceesed ...
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Invalid function or invalid domain

Let $ f : A \rightarrow B $ What happens if $\exists\ a\in A $ which doesn't map to any element in B ?
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Value distribution into random variables

I want to distribute a large number into quantities of 100s, 50s, 25s, 5s, 1s Lets say, I'm selling apples in quantities of 100s, 50s .... 1. Based on the quantity there is different pricing. 1 apple ...
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How to calculate powers of a permutation in cyclic notation? [on hold]

How do I calculate powers of an 8-cycle (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8) ?
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Is the sum of a unimodal and increasing function still unimodal?

There is no specific function. I would like to know if there is information on summation of a unimodal and increasing function? (Continuous functions)
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An injection from R × {0, 1} to R [on hold]

What would be an example of this An injection from R × {0, 1} to R i think it is all real numbers f(x) = x Can some one help me on this. Thanks in advance
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A property of Quasiconvex functions.

Let f be a strictly quasiconvex differentiable function and Df denote its gradient. Is the following implication true? :"Whenever f(y) < f(x), we also have (Df(x))'(y - x) < 0" . Suppose that f ...
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Is there a function of, say, x and y that would take the first x factors in a factorial and return a xCy amounts of terms with y factors in each term?

What I'm basically looking for is described in the title. Here are some examples of what the function I'm looking for should do. Is there an existing function that does this? Even if not, are there ...
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how to show a concave function on discrete domain increases in x?

Define $g(x)=\frac{f(x)/x}{f(x)-f(x-1)}$ where x$\in$ $\mathbb{Z}$. Known that $f(x)$ has the concave extension in every consecutive $x$, i.e: $f(x+1)+f(x-1)-2f(x)<0$ holds $\forall x$. My question ...
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Consider the integral expression in $x$ [on hold]

$P(x)=x^3+x^3+ax+1$ where $a$ is a rational number. At $a=3$ the value $P(x)$ is a rational number for any $x$ which satisfies the equation $x^2+2x-2=0$, and in this case the value of $P$ is $12$.
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If $f(f(x))=x$ does that mean $f(x)$ equals its inverse?

Given any real function, if $f(f(x))=x$ does that mean $f(x)$ is its own inverse? I am confused since $f^{-1}(f(x))=x$ and this is a fact, so can we assume that $f(x)$ will equal $f^{-1}(x)$ by ...
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Multivariable function as a set of functions

Consider a function $f:\mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}^m$. I've understood that it can be seen as: $f_i = (f_1,f_2,\ldots ,f_m)$, where $f_i: \mathbb{R}^n\to \mathbb{R}$. What are $f_i$ exactly? ...