An integral equation is an equation in which the unknown function appears under the integral sign. There is no universal method for solving integral equations. Solution methods and even the existence of a solution depend on the particular form of the integral equation. (Handbook of Mathematics - ...

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Why are mathematician so interested to find theory for solving partial differential equations but not for integral equation?

Why are mathematician so interested to find theory for solving partial differential equations (for example Navier-Stokes equation) but not for integral equations?
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Find a continuous function $f$ that satisfies…

Find a continuous function $f$ that satisfies $$ f(x) = 1 + \frac{1}{x}\int_1^x f(t) \ dt $$ Note: I tried differentiating with respect to $x$ to get an ODE but you get one that contains integrals - ...
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if $f(x)-a\int_x^{x+1}f(t)~dt$ is constant, then $f(x)$ is constant or $f(x)=Ae^{bx}+B$

Question: let $a\in(0,1)$, and such $f(x)\geq0$, $x\in R$ is continuous on $R$, if $$f(x)-a\int_x^{x+1}f(t)dt,\forall x\in R $$ is constant, show that $f(x)$ is constant; or ...
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Solving for unknown functions

I am not a mathematician, so excuse if my question is silly or badly stated. I have the following problem. I have 2 conditions on two unknown continuously differentiable functions: ...
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Eigenvalues and eigenfunctions for the Fredholm integral operator $K(g) = \int_0^1 e^{x t} g(t) dt$.

I would like to compute the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions for the Fredholm integral operator $$K(g) = \int_0^1 e^{xt} g(t) dt.$$ The sources I've checked* seem to say that the process is fairly ...
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Numerical solution of an integral equation

I have problems with a solution of an integral equation in MATLAB: all conditions are double-checked, but the answer is incorrect. Let me state the equation: $$ x(s) = ...
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Is there a closed form solution of $f(x)^2+(g*f)(x)+h(x)=0$ for $f(x)$?

When $g(x)$ and $h(x)$ are given functions, can $f(x)^2+(g*f)(x)+h(x)=0$ be solved for $f(x)$ in closed form (at least with some restrictions to $g,h$)? (The $*$ is not a typo, it really means ...
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Solve $f(x) = \lambda \int\limits_{0}^1(\max(x,t)+xt)f(t)dt$

I need to solve this: $\ f(x) = \lambda \int\limits_{0}^1(\max(x,t)+xt)f(t)dt$. Rewriting it as: $\ f(x) = \lambda(\int\limits_0^x x(t+1)f(t)dt + \int\limits_x^1 t(x+1) f(t)dt)$. 1st derivative: ...
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Fredholm Equations

I have the following problem to solve $$\phi (x)=\lambda \int_{o}^{\pi }\cos(2x+y)\phi (y) dy+ \sin x$$ following the instructions from the following link early to conclude that: $$\phi (x)=\lambda ...
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Continuous solutions of $f(x) = \lambda \int_0^{\pi/2} \cos({x-y)}f(y)\,dy$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Eigenvalues of an operator Find all the functions $f \in C([0,\frac{\pi}{2}])$ which are solutions of $$ f(x) = \lambda \int_0^{\pi/2} \cos({x-y)}f(y)\,dy, \qquad ...
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Spectrum of Indefinite Integral Operators

I've considered the following spectral problems for a long time, I did not kow how to tackle them. Maybe they needs some skills with inequalities. For the first, suppose $T:L^{2}[0,1]\rightarrow ...
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A nonlinear “Fredholm” integral equation

Consider the integral equation \begin{eqnarray*} u \left( x \right) & = & \int_0^{\infty} u \left( t \right) u \left( \frac{x}{t} \right) \mathrm{d} t \end{eqnarray*} where the objective ...
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Does this condition on the sum of a function and its integral imply that the function goes to 0?

Consider a bounded real-valued function $S:\mathbf{R}\to\mathbf{R}$ so that $$\lim_{x\to\infty} \left( S(x) + \int_1^x \frac{S(t)}{t}dt\right)$$ exists and is finite. Can one say that ...
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If $f(x)+f'(x)-\frac{1}{x+1}\int_{0}^{x}f(t)dt=0$ and $f(0)=0$, then what is $f'(x)$?

$f\in C^{1}[0,\infty)$, $f(0)=0$ and $$ f(x)+f'(x)-\frac{1}{x+1}\int_{0}^{x}f(t)dt=0 $$ then $f'(x)=$ ? I'v tried in the following ways. First, let $F(x)=\int_{0}^{x}f(t)dt$, then we are left to ...
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Tricky Integral equation - where to start?

How would you go about solving this? $$p(x,t)=C\exp\left[-x+\int_0^t\int_0^\infty y\,p(y,\tau)\,\mathrm{d}y\,\mathrm{d}\tau\right]$$ Here $p(x,t)$ is the time-dependent probability distribution of a ...
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Existence and Uniqueness of a solution

I'm stuck with this problem so hopefully somebody will help me :) Here you are: Let $K\in C([0,2])$ be positive, decreasing and such that $K(0)=1$. Prove that for every $h\in C([0,1])$ there exists a ...
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How to solve this integral equation?

Solve this integral equation: $$ {{\rm e}^{{\rm i}k\,\sqrt{\vphantom{\Large A}\,r^{2} + z^{2}\,}\,} \over \sqrt{\vphantom{\large A}r^{2} + z^{2}\,}} = \int_0^{\infty}{\rm K}_{0}\left(\lambda r\right) ...
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Prove there is a unique continuous function satisfying this integral equation

This is a question from an old real analysis qual: Prove that there is a unique continuous function $f:[0,1] \to \mathbb{R}$ such that $$f(x) = \cos x + \int_0^x f(y)e^{-y}dy$$ for $x \in [0,1]$ I ...
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Integral equation with a constraint

I am stuck on the following problem: given the following Volterra integral inhomogeneous equation: $$\phi(x)=\exp(-x)+\lambda\int_0^x\frac{1}{x^2+t^2}\phi(t)dt$$ is it possible to solve it given the ...
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Solving a homogeneous Fredholm equation of the 2nd kind whose kernel has simple poles in the domain of interest

Consider the Fredholm equation of the 2nd kind $$ f(s) = \lambda \int_{-\infty}^{\infty} f(s') \Big(\sum_{n=1}^{N} g_n(s) h_n(s') \Big) ds' , $$ with $f(s)$ an unknown function, $\lambda$ a constant, ...
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How to solve following differential equation?

$$ \int \limits_{0}^{\infty}\sqrt{1 + y'^{2}(x)}dx = 2 \sqrt{x} + y \qquad (.1) $$ The solution is $$ 3y = x\sqrt{x} - 3\sqrt{x} . $$ I don't know how to solve this type of equations. Also I don't ...
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Find all continuous functions such that $f(x)^2 = \int_0^x f(\xi)\frac{\xi}{1+\xi^2}d\xi.$

From Spivak Find all continuous functions such that $$f(x)^2 = \int_0^x f(\xi)\frac{\xi}{1+\xi^2}d\xi.$$ $f(x)^2$ is clearly differentiable. I'd like to write $\dfrac{d}{dx}f(x)^2=2f(x)f'(x).$ ...
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Anomalous integral equation

I'm trying to solve the following equation: $$\int_0^{f(x)}f(t)dt=g(x)$$ Differentiating under integral I obtain: $$f[f(x)]\frac{d}{dx}f(x)=\frac{d}{dx}g(x)$$ I know the function $g(x)$. Is there a ...
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Integral equation and existence: $g(x)=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \prod _{j=1}^nf(u-x_j)du$

I'd like to know how one would go about showing that the following function, $f$, that is almost everywhere positive exists: $$g(x_1,\cdots,x_n)=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \prod _{j=1}^nf(u-x_j)du$$ ...
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Find $f(x)=?$ functional equation

I would appreciate if somebody could help me with the following problem: Q: Find $f(x)$ ($f'(x)$: conti-function , $x \in\mathbb{R}$) $$f(x)=\sin ^2x+\int_{0}^{x}tf(t)dt$$
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How to solve Fredholm integral equation of the second kind? ($f(x) - \lambda\int\limits_0^1 9xtf(t) dt = ax^2 - 4x^2$)

I have an equation : $\ f(x) - \lambda\int\limits_0^1 9xtf(t) dt = ax^2 - 4x^2\ $ in $\ L_2[0,1]\ $ space. And I want to understand how to solve it, not just obtain an answer.
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Finding eigenfunctions and eigenvalues

Let $K$ be the integral operator defined by $$ (Kf)(x)=\int_0^1 u(x)v(y)f(y) dy $$ for some continuous functions $u,v$ in the Hilbert space with inner product $\langle f,g \rangle = \int_0^1 f(x)^* ...
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Integral equation $u(t)=f(t)+a\int_0^t u(s)ds\quad t\geq 0$

Let $a\in\mathbb R$ and $f\colon [0,1]\to\mathbb R$ a continuous function. Solve the integral equation $$u(t)=f(t)+a\int_0^t u(s)\mathrm ds,\quad t\geq 0$$ and find an explicit formula for the ...
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Volterra integral equation of secong type solve using resolvent kernel

Solve the integral equation $$ y(t)= f(t) + \lambda \int_{0}^{t} (t-s) y(s) ds $$ where $f$ is continuous using the method of finding the resolvent kernel and Newmann series. Here it is what I ...
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How to solve $t-2f(t) = \int_0^t(e^\tau- e^{-\tau})f(t-\tau)d\tau$

I want to solve this equation. It reminds me something about Laplace transform. I am sure that I must use it order to solve it. $$t-2f(t) = \int_0^t(e^\tau- e^{-\tau})f(t-\tau)d\tau$$ How to do it? ...
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A convolution like integral equation

I would like to solve the following integral equation for $g(z)$. $$\int_z^\infty g(\zeta)(\zeta-z)^{\alpha-1} d\zeta = e^{-bz}, \tag{1}$$ where $\alpha$ and $b$ are constants. I would also like to ...
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How can I solve this integral equation in terms of Hermite polynomials?

It must be proven that the solution of the integral equation $$f(x)=\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty} e^{-(x-t)^2} g(t)dt$$ is $$g(x)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{}\pi}\sum_{n=0}^{\infty} \frac{f^{(n)}(0)}{2^nn!} H_n(x)$$ ...
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Integration solving problem

A integration is given $$x-x_0 = \pm \int_{0}^{\phi(x)}\frac{d\Phi}{\sqrt\frac{\lambda}{2}(\Phi^2-\frac{m^2}{\lambda})} \tag{1}$$ The author said that, equation (2) can be written from equation (1) by ...
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Recurrence relation for a function with an integral of the function?

Pardon my lack of tex skills, but what is the recommended procedure in the following scenario: $$g(f) = 1+\int_0^{1-f} g\left(\dfrac{f}{1-x}\right)\,dx$$ I am not sure how to proceed in such a ...
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Is this Neumann series solution unique?

I have a Fredholm integral equation of the second kind given as $$f(x)=g(x)+\lambda\int_{-\infty}^\infty K(x,y)f(y)dy, $$ where $\lambda\in(0,1)$, the kernel $K(x,y)=\phi(x-y)$ is a Gaussian ...
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Finding a series of functions orthogonal to all $x^{2n}$ but one

We need to find a series of functions $f_m$ verifying the property $$\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}\! x^{2n} f_m\!(x) \;{\text d}x=\delta_{nm}.$$ We already have found $$f_0(x) = ...
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A function/distribution which satisfies an integral equation. (sounds bizzare)

I think I need a function, $f(x)$ such that $\large{\int_{x_1}^{x_2}f(x)\,d{x} = \frac{1}{(x_2-x_1)}}$ $\forall x_2>x_1>0$. Wonder such a function been used or studied by someone, or is it just ...
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Let $f(x)=\sin(x)-\int_{0}^{x}{(x-u)f(u)du}$ where $f(x)$ is continuous. Find $f(x)$.

Let $$f(x)=\sin(x)-\int_{0}^{x}{(x-u)f(u)du}$$ where $f(x)$ is continuous. Find $f(x)$. Initially, I use FTC and obtain $f(x)=\sin(x)$ but in the question didn't mention $f$ is differentiable. Then ...
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Find all functions such that $f'(t) = f(t) + \int_0^1 f(\tau)\,d\tau.$

From Spivak Find all functions such that $f'(t) = f(t) + \int_0^1 f(\tau)\,d\tau.$ My approach: differentiate both sides to get $f''(t) = f'(t)$, giving $f'(t) = Ce^t$, implying $f(t) = Ce^t + ...
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how to find the equation of one curve in XY plan which satisfies such functions?

I want to find the equation of one curve in $X-Y$ plan which satisfies the functions as follows: 1) $A(x_1,y_1)$, $B(x_2,y_2)$ are two known points and $f(x,y)$ (or $y(x)$) is the equation of the ...
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Solutions of an integral equation

Given the integral equation: $$\sqrt{f(x)}\int_{0}^{x}f(\tau)d\tau=g(x)$$ with g(x) known function, in what cases and how is it possible to solve it? Thanks
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Find $f(x)$ such that $f(x) = 1 + \frac1{x} \int_1^x f(t) \mathrm{d}t$. What am I doing wrong?

I need to find a continuous function defined for real and positive $x$ such that $f(x) = 1 + \frac1{x} \int_1^x f(t)\ \mathrm{d}t$. What I did is the following: $$\begin{align*}f(x) &= 1 + ...
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Eigenvalues of an operator

I think this question isn't that hard, but I am a bit confused: Define $$(Af)(x):=\int_{0}^{1}\cos(2\pi(x-y))f(y)dy.$$ Then $A$ is an operator on functions. Find the eigenvalues and the ...
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Integral equation solution: $y(x) = 1 + \lambda\int\limits_0^2\cos(x-t) y(t) \mathrm{d}t$

Integral equation $$y(x) = 1 + \lambda\int\limits_0^2\cos(x-t) y(t) \mathrm{d}t$$ has: a unique solution for $\lambda \neq \frac{4}{\pi +2}$; a unique solution for $\lambda \neq ...
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If $\int^x_0 f (t) dt =x+ \int^1_x t f (t) dt$, find value of $f(1)$

If $\int^x_0 f (t) dt =x+ \int^1_x t f (t) dt$, find value of $f(1)$ solution:- $\int^x_0 f (t) dt =x+ \int^1_x t f (t) dt$ $\int^x_0 f (t) dt =x+ \int^0_x t f (t) dt$ + ...
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How to find eigenfunctions of a linear operator

I wonder if there is a general way of finding characteristic values and eigenfunctions of a given linear operator described by an integral. As a special case suppose I am interested in this function: ...
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What is a hypersingular integral kernel?

While reading literature about boundary element and finite element methods I have repeatedly seen that some integral kernels are singular and others are hypersingular. Could you explain what is the ...
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Multiple Integral Equation

$$f(x) = 2a \int_{0}^{x}{f(t)\;dt} - \left(\frac{b^2}{2}\right)\int_{0}^{1}{|x-t|f(t)\;dt}$$ where $0<a<b$ My task is to solve for $f(x)$. I'm having difficulty solving this integral equation. ...
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How to solve partial integro-differential equation?

Suppose the following partial integro-differential equation for a function $u(x,t)$ with $t\geq0$, $x \in [0,L]$: $\partial_t u = \partial_{xx} u + f(u,\lambda)$ $\lambda = B\left(u_0 - \int_{x=0}^L ...
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Volterra integral equation of second type

Solve the Volterra integral equation of second kind $$ y(t)= 1 + 2 \int_{0}^{t} \frac{2s+1}{(2t+1)^2} y(s) ds $$ I know two methods for such integral equations: Picard's method The mthod of ...