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

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calculation $f(x)$ from given expression

$$f(x)+xf(-x)=x-2$$ what is $f(x$)? I try to solve this problem, but I don't know how to remove $f(-x)$ or converting it to $f(x)$.
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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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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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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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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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How to combine an amount of money with the compound interest function?

Tommy has some money at home from his graduation modeled by the function $h(x)=350$. He read about a bank that has savings accounts that accrue interest according to the function $s(x)= 1.04 ...
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define two functions whose compositions are equal to identity

Let B be the set $B = \{1,2,....n\}$ where n is a positive integer. Let C be the set of all bitstrings of length n and let Z be the set of all functions from B to $\{0,1\}$. How do I find the two ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Envelope of two sine waves interfering

I have two waves interfering with different amplitudes, frequencies and phases. $$ x(t) = X_1 \sin(\omega_1 t+\varphi_1) + X_2 \sin(\omega_2 t+\varphi_2) $$ I am able to convert this wave into the ...
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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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Intermediate Value Property and Discontinuous Functions

This is a general question to which I need help finding a concrete example so that I may understand the concept/strategy better, and any help will be greatly appreciated. If given a function $F$ that ...
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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 ...
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Clarification regarding function

I have been reading Velleman's How to prove book and this is one of the paragraphs written in the Functions chapter: For every $a \in A$ and $b \in B$, $b = ...
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What does bounded partial derivatives exactly mean?

This might be a naive question, but if I give myself a continuously differentiable function $f$ from $\mathbb{R}^n$ to $\mathbb{R}$ which is said to have bounded partial derivatives, does this mean ...
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If $f(f(n))=3n$ find $f(2001)$

I have this question which seems a little harder than I thought. It has been about an hour for me hitting aimless thoughts on this one. I can really use a hint here if some one knows how to tackle it. ...
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how to define a function?

If we define a function by set theory it states that it is relation in the sets of inputs and outputs such that each input is exactly related to one out put . so if $A=\{9,25,36\} ;\, B=\{3,5,6\}$ ...
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Notation: Codomain of a probability density function

I need some help with the correct notation for the codomain of a probability density function. Consider the following problem. Let $$ F : V \to (0,1), \, x \mapsto \int\limits_{\inf V}^{x} f(t) \, ...
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Limits using definite integration

$F(k)$ = $$ \lim_{n\to \infty}{\frac{1^k + 2^k +...+n^k}{(1^2 + 2^2 +...+n^2)*(1^3 + 2^3 +...+n^3)}} $$ I need help in finding $F(5)$ and $F(6)$. I tried converting it into summation form and using ...
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Attaining a maximum without applying the Weierstrauss Theorem

The example that mookid gave in this question is a good one. There is no maximum since it is not continuous. How could you explain why the function given by mookid will attain a maximum on any compact ...
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Unbounded function on compact interval?

So what are some unbounded function on compact interval, if there is any? Also, is the function $f:[0,\infty) \to \mathbb R$, $f(x)=x$ continuous?
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integral of complex function, power series

let $\mu$ be a finite borel measure on $[0,+\infty)$ and let $f$ be defined by $$f(z)=\int_{[0,+\infty)}\frac{d\mu(t)}{t-z},\quad z \in \mathbb{C} \setminus [0,+\infty)\,.$$ *show that the integral ...
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Definition of a function whose codomain is set of probability measure over cartesian product with dependency between sets in the product

I am thinking about the following function: $$ p : A \to \Delta \big( F(x, y(t) ) \times T \big) ,$$ where $t \in T$ denotes continuous time, and $\Delta (X)$ denotes the set of all probability ...
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Is the Collatz function piecewise linear?

I read somewhere that the Collatz function $\mathbb Z \rightarrow \mathbb Z$: $$\text{Collatz}(x) = \begin{cases} x/2 &&x \; \mathrm{even} \\ 3x+1 &&x \; \mathrm{odd}\end{cases}$$ is ...
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Is this function commonly known or has some name?

I have used this function for fitting in my research, and I wonder if there is a name for it, or is it commonly known in some reduced form? $f(x)=\alpha\frac{e^{-\gamma x}}{x^\beta}+\delta$ Actual ...
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Understanding the meaning behind plotting a “gradient vector” on a graph containing contour lines?

A rather basic question here, please do forgive any technical errors in the question. Throughout this example consider the general function w=f(x,y) I am used to visualizing derivatives the same way ...
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How do I determine if the following function is periodic?

A question in my textbook asks me to determine if the function $f(x)=\cos(3x)+\sin(x)$ is periodic. I do not believe this to be the case as the arguments of sine and cosine are different and as such ...
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Definition of homeomorphic?

I am looking up the definition of "homeomorphic" and the source I am looking at says there are two different definitions: Possessing similarity of form, Continuous, one-to-one, in surjection, ...
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Upper bound of the function

here you can read my first question on this topic, namely: $$\text{if } f\left(\frac{x}{3}\right)-f\left(\frac{x}{4}\right)\le Ax+B\ln x-C, $$ where $f(x)$ is my function and $A$,$B$,$C$ are ...
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Find quickest line of interception to a moving object

First, a visual illustration of the problem: http://tube.geogebra.org/m/1512793 The goal is to mathematically predict the direction in which the player need to run to intercept the ball as fast as ...
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Get area from an ease function

How do i go about finding the area from a ease function, for example Cubic easeOut, examples can be found here: http://robertpenner.com/easing/easing_demo.html i would like to get the area from a ...
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Finding remainder when a function is divided by another

In this question, $A^B$ means $A$ raised to the power $B$.Let $f(x)=1+x+x^2+\ldots+x^6$.The remainder when $f(x^7)$ is divided by $f(x)$ is: a)None of the other choices b)$6$ c)$0$ d)$7$ I am not ...
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What do sine, tan, cos actually mean?

I know that $\sin\theta=\frac{y}{r}$ and $\cos\theta=\frac{x}{r}$. My question is: is $\sin$ a function of $\theta$, as in $\sin (\theta$)? If yes, why is there no $\theta$ on the right hand side of ...
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Intervals of the monotony and the extreme values [closed]

What are the intervals of the monotony and the extreme values of the this function: $$f(x)=-2x^2+3x-1?$$ I have tried to find $\alpha$ and $\beta$ but I couldn't. Could somebody help me.
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Solving logarithmic equations

The equation that I'm trying to solve is: $$\log _{5x+9}(x^2+6x+9)+\log _{x+3}(5x^2+24x+27)=4$$ Using algebra and principles of logarithms I managed to get the equation down to $$\frac{2\left(\log ...
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Conditions that guarantee a composite Bezier curve in the cartesian plane represents a function?

Context I am allowing users of my application to control a curve connecting $(0,0)$ and $(1,1)$. There are a finite number of knots that are evenly spaced horizontally. The user can specify the ...
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Function calculation [closed]

This looks easy but it's been so long I'm totally lost... Question : Calculate $f(2000)$ with the following information: $f(11) = 11$ $f(x+3) = \frac{f(x)-1}{f(x)+1}$ Thank you for your help, and ...
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Show that the following mapping is a contraction.

I have the following problem from a past paper: "Show that the mapping, $$T(x_1,x_2)=\left(\frac{x_1+2x_2}5-1,\frac{x_1-2x_2}7+1\right)$$ is a contraction on $(\mathbb R^2,d_\infty)$." I ...
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Sketching a Graph of a Particle Trajectory

How can I sketch the trajectory of a particle of mass $m$ with a position vector $\mathbf{r} = \cos(\omega t)\,\hat{\mathbf{i}} + \sin(3\omega t)\,\hat{\mathbf{j}}$ ? Will this be a three ...
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An upper bound for a function

I am trying to find an upper bound $b\ge f(x)~\forall x\ge0$ for the following function: $$f(x)=\frac{x}{(w+ux^2)^2},$$ where $w,u>0$ are parameter values. I am interested in the positive domain ...
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If $f^{-1}(x)$ is continuous, is $f(x)$ also continuous?

Let $f:\mathbb{R}\mapsto\mathbb{R}$ be a one-to-one function with $f(\mathbb{R})=\mathbb{R}$. If $f^{-1}(x)$ is continuous $\forall x\in\mathbb{R}$, prove or disprove that $f(x)$ is continuous ...
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Intersection between a parametric equation and a linear equation

2Consider the parametric functions $f_1, f_2$ with $$f_1(x) = 3(60-x)\cdot \sin(3x)$$ and $$ f_2(x) = 3(60-x)\cdot \cos(3x).$$ Suppose you have a linear function: $$f_3 (x) = 1.5 x$$ How does one ...
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Given $f(x)$ and $g(x)$, find the range and domain of $fg(x)$

We are given: $\eqalign{ & f(x) = x - 1 \cr & g(x) = {x^2} \cr} $ Given these functions the answer I get is: $fg(x)=x^2-1$ As the range of $g(x)=x^2$ is always positive this ...
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The image of a map $H^2 \setminus \Delta \to \mathbf{R}^4$ where $H$ is the upper half-plane and $\Delta$ is the diagonal

Let $H = \{z \in \mathbf{C}: \operatorname{Im} z > 0\}$ be the upper half-plane, and let $D = H^2 \setminus \Delta$, where $\Delta = \{(u,u) \in H^2\}$ is the diagonal. Define $\varphi: D \to ...
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Is there another function with a property like the log?

Is there another differentiable monotone increasing (or decreasing) function $ f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R} $ with a property that $ f(xy) = f(x) + f(y) $, like the log-function has it?