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

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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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Existence of subgradient of a quasiconvex function

Does a continuous quasiconvex function always have a subgradient? More strongly, is it true that if $f$ is a continuous quasiconvex function, then for each $x$ there is a vector $c$, such that for ...
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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? ...
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Functions of modulus

How do I calculate the range of any modulus function? I know that if $x <2$ then it's expansion is negative and if $x>2$, it's expansion is negative, but will it help? Consider an example, $$f ...
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Function that maps all vectors to the origin?

I need a function that will map any vector (and any point on that vector) in the cartesian plane to (0,0) using only addition and subtraction. Is this possible?
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Functions to manipulate (increase) probability exponentially or logaritmically?

Very simple. I want a function to manipulate a probability in order increase it without getting out of the range of 0 to 1. Basically a function similar to the blue lines in the following sketch: ...
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Prove that $f(x)=m$ has three distinct real roots for $m\in(0,8)$

We have $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R},f(x)=x^5-5x+4$ and we need to show that $\forall m\in(0,8)$, $f(x)=m$ has three distinct real roots. How can I prove it?
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What is n (Natural number) if the function has to have a limit not equal to zero or infinite? [on hold]

$$\lim_{x \to 0} \frac{(\tan(x))^n - x^n}{x^6}$$ What is n (Natural number) if the function has to have a limit not equal to zero or infinite?
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Mathematical formal expression of find “subfunction” in function

Imagine if I have a function $s(t)$ and $r(t)$. $s(t)$ may contain $r(t)$ one or more times as $s(t)$ is a quasi-period function. What is the correct expression if I want to say the $s(t)$ contains ...
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Slopes of inverse functions

I have a question that states if $f(x) = x^3+3x-1$ from $(-\infty,\infty)$ calculate $g'(3)$using the formula $$ g'(x)= \left(\frac1{f'(g(x))}\right )$$ If I am thinking about this correctly does ...
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Is $(g \circ f)^{-1}$ equivalent to $(f^{-1} \circ g^{-1})$? Why? [on hold]

Is the inverse of composition of function is equivalent to composition of inverse functions? Why?
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Value of the difference if functions

Is there a relatively simple function $f(x)$ such that $f(x)-f(x-1)=x^n$? Note that $n$ is a positive integer. Thanks so much!
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Choosing the right sign for inverse functions?

If I have to find an inverse function and through the algebra I get a $\pm$ sign how do I know which one to choose from if its in a given interval? For example a question asks: The function ...
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stuck on an function question [on hold]

I'm studying CompSci, While I'm having fun with that, I haven't had a higher level math class since 2009. Unfortunately, I'm required to take calculus in order to pursue something I'm passionate ...
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One-to-One functions help [duplicate]

The one-to-one functions $g$ and $h$ are defined as follows: $$g=\{(9,8), (5,9), (8,-9), (9,-2)\}$$ $$h(x)=4x-9$$ SOLVE $$(g^{-1})(-9)=?$$ $$(h^{-1})(x)=?$$ $$(H o H^{-1})(7)=?$$
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Continuous function $0$ on one closed set and $1$ on the other

Looking for a better approach of the following question if possible. Question: Let $A$ and $B$ be disjoint nonempty closed sets in a metric spaces $X$, and define ...
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Creating an evenly distributed function $B=B(p)$ over the range $p=p_{min}$ to $p=p_{max}$

In some notes on statistical thermodynamics, I encountered this: The momentum distribution function $B(p)$ is evenly distributed over the allowed range: ...
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What is the opposite of a derangement?

A derangement is a bijection $f : A \rightarrow A$ such that $f(x) \ne x$ for all $x \in A$. Is there a name for a bijection $f : A \rightarrow A$ that is not a derangement? That is, is there a name ...
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Differentiating composite function

Can anyone say the basic formula for the differentiation of the composite functions? Is it similar to chain rule?
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How can I prove that this function is continuous in (0,0)? [on hold]

I have this function: $$ \lim_{(x,y)\to (0,0)} = \frac{2(1-\cos(xy))+\arctan(x^4)-x^2(x^2+y^2)}{(x^2+y^2)^\alpha} $$ I have to find which $ \alpha$ makes the function continuous. But my first problem ...
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Find bijective correspondence between the sets

Find bijective correspondence between the set of all functions of $X$ in the set $\left\{ 0,1 \right\}$ and the power set of set $X$ and find $| 2 ^ X |$, if $| X | = n.$ My thoughts: ...
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definition of limsup of a function

I already have some idea on what $limsup_{x\rightarrow\infty} f(x)=\infty$ means but I would like to hear other ideas from the mathstackexchange community. Maybe some intuition would be helpful.
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Does there exist a continuous function from [0,1] to R that has uncountably many local maxima?

Does there exist a continuous function from $[0,1]$ to $R$ that has uncountably many strict local maxima?
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These maps from the components into a directed system are injective when the directed system maps are.

Let $I, p_{ij} : A_i \to A_j$ be a directed system of maps such that $p_{jk}\circ p_{ij} = p_{ik}$ whenever $i \leq j\leq k$ and $p_{ii} = \text{id}$. Directed means that for any $i,j \in I$ there ...
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Find all functions such that $\int f(x)g(x) dx =\left(\int f(x) dx\right)\left(\int g(x) dx\right)$

Is it possible to find all functions such that $$\int f(x)g(x) dx =\left(\int f(x) dx\right)\left(\int g(x) dx\right)$$? My teacher asked us to give examples to prove that this is not true but I was ...
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Need a function for the following…

I'm trying to come up with a function formula for $y$, that is a broad curve that passes through $(0,0)$ and almost crosses $(100, y)$ but never does. ( so $x < 100$) Can you please help me? ...
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How do I reverse the smooth-step equation?

I'm using the "smooth step" equation for an easing curve: $y = 3x^2 - 2x^3$ I would like to reverse this equation so that given y, I can find ...
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What are the composite functions

f : $\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ $$g(x)=\begin{cases} \frac1n,&x\in\Bbb Q\text{ and }x=\frac{1}n\text{ in lowest terms}\\ \sqrt{2},&x=0\ \end{cases}$$ g(x) is the inverse of f(x) determine ...
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About integration by substitution

I know how the method goes: we want to find $\int{f(g(x))g'(x)dx}$, which by the reverse chain rule equals $\int{f(u)du}$. My (maybe stupid) question comes from the integrals with the form ...
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What is the domain of the function

I think the subset D is 1/n where n is an element of natural numbers. Can someone help me with this, thanks in advance
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Is the function invertible?

$$f(x)=\begin{cases} \frac1q,&x\in\Bbb Q\text{ and }x=\frac{p}q\text{ in lowest terms}\\ 0,&x\notin\Bbb Q\;. \end{cases}$$ Is the function $f|_D$ invertible? If so, describe its inverse ...
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What is the inverse of $2^x$? [duplicate]

Note: This may not be correct mathematical term, so in case of confusion, I mean what division is to multiplication. If not, just poke me in the comments. I was given this the other day: $2^x=8$ ...
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Proving injectivity of a multivariable function

Let I denote the interval $(0,\infty)$, we define the function $f:I^2\to I^2$ by, $$f(x,y)=\left({\Gamma(4x+y)\Gamma(y)\over {\Gamma(2x+y)}^2},{\Gamma(4x+y)\Gamma(2x+y)\over {\Gamma(3x+y)}^2}\right)$$ ...
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what does this phrase mean?

Can someone explain in everyday language what "monotonically" and "quadrilaterally" mean in the following sentence? Muscular torques increase monotonically with increasing diameter for lids with ...
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Integral with only a list of values

I am supposed to perform an integral of function $y(x)$ from say $x_1$ to $x_2$. Now the issue is I don't have an actual function $y(x)$, but I do have a list of values for $y$ and $x$. In what way ...
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From the graph find the number of solutions.

The figure below shows the function $f(x)$ . How many solutions does the equation $f(f(x))=15$ have ? $a.)\ 5 \\ b.)\ 6 \\ c.)\ 7 \\ d.)\ 8 \\ \color{green}{e.) \ \text{cannot be determined from ...
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Existence of $x_0$ such that $f(|x_0 + a|) = f(|x_0|)$ given $f \colon \mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ and $a$

So I have this function $f : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ that is continuous and I have $a\in\mathbb{R}$. I have to prove that exists an $x_{0}\in\mathbb{R}$ such that this works: $$f(|x_{0}+a|) = ...
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Are differentiable and strictly decreasing functions always concave?

If a demand function is continuously differentiable and strictly decreasing in price, does that mean it will be always concave?
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Map 1 to 1 and 0 to -1. [closed]

I have a really simple question, but I cannot find an answer. Suppose that I have an input number $x$. And its domain is $1$ and $0$. Is it possible, that when $x$ is $1$, map it to $1$, but ...
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Plotting discrete time signals involving sumations in matlab.

Many of the examples I've encountered while looking for an answer are simple functions that do not involve summations. Suppose I have the following function; ...
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Converse of Euler Homogeneous Thm. How to show that $\lambda \mathbf{x}\cdot \frac{d}{d\lambda}(\nabla{f(\mathbf{\lambda x})})=\mathbf{0}$?

So basically I read someone else's answer to a question regarding Euler Homogeneous function theorem source: http://quant.stackexchange.com/questions/8911/what-is-exactly-eulers-decomposition Also ...
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How to find the range of the function $\frac{x+2}{x+1}$ with domain $x \geq 0$?

How to find the range of the function $\frac{x+2}{x+1}$ with domain $x \geq 0$? I am a high school student and stuck at this simple question on domains and ranges of functions. I have done the ...
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suppose $f(x)$ is a function satisfying a specific relation [closed]

if $f(x)$ is a function such that : $$\left\{\begin{matrix} f(x)f(\frac{1}{x})=f(x)+f(\frac{1}{x}) & \\ f(4)=65& \end{matrix}\right. $$ what's the value if $f(6)$?
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Find all local maxima and minima $f(x)=x_1 x_2 x_3 (4 - x_1 - x_2 - x_3 )$

Find all local maxima and minima $f(x)=x_1 x_2 x_3 (4 - x_1 - x_2 - x_3 )$ where $x=(x_1, x_2, x_3) \in \mathbb{R}^3$ I was trying to look at Hessian matrix and use Sylwester theorem, but I see that ...
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The value of $x$ for which function attains max value

At what value of $x,\ x\in \mathbb{Z}$ will the function $\dfrac{x^2+3x+1}{x^2-3x+1}$ attain its maximum value . $\color{green}{a.)\ 3 }\\ b.)\ 4 \\ c.) -3 \\ d.)\ \text{none of these} \\ $ ...
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Is the co-domain needed if we have the range? [duplicate]

Why do we need the co-domain if we have the range? I know what both mean. Isn't it just better to use the range instead of the co-domain when defining a function? This question brought up to me when ...
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2 to 1 dimension in linear PDE with non-constant coefficients

I have a question that can majorly help in my physics. Problem Say, we have a linear PDE \begin{equation} \hat{D}~F(x,y)=0, \end{equation} with $\hat{D}$ being a (second order) differential ...
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Equation for adjusting a scalar, trouble with fractional values

I have a real number - call it $s$, that I use to scale other numbers. Think $2\times$ scale $1/2\!\!\times$ scale, things of that nature (I am no math expert so please bear with my elementary ...
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partial functions basics

$f: \mathbb{Z} \to\mathbb{N}$ is defined as $$ f(x)= \begin{cases} 2x-1, & \text{$x \gt 0$} \\ -2x, & \text{$x \le 0$} \end{cases} $$ one to one proof f is onto proof ...
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How many increasing functions $f:\{1,\ldots,n\} \to \{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ are there such that $f(i) \ge i , \forall i=1(1)n$ , where $n \in \mathbb N$?

Let $n\in \mathbb N , n \ge 3$ . How many increasing functions $f:\{1,,\ldots,n\} \to \{1,2,\ldots,n\}$ (i.e. $f(i) \ge f(j) , \forall i=1(1)n$ ) are there such that $f(i) \ge i , \forall i=1(1)n$ ?