We have a function \(g : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}\) that satisfies \(g(x)g(y) = g(x + y) + xy\)

for some real numbers \(x\) and \(y\). Find all possible functions \(g\).

Please help! I think a good place to start is plugging in combinations of 1 and 0, but what would I do after plugging in all the combinations?

Guest Jul 30, 2020

#1**0 **

1) Try x = 0.

2) Try x = y

3) Try y = 0

4) Try x = 1

5) Try y = 1

6) Try f(x) = c

Conclusion: There are no functions that work

Guest Jul 30, 2020

#2**+1 **

g(x) = x + 1;

g(y) = y + 1

g(x + y) = x + y + 1

g(x)*g(y) = x*y +x + y + 1

g(x+y) + x*y = x + y + 1 + x*y

Alan Jul 30, 2020

#3**0 **

Thanks so much for the response. I understand everything past the first step, but I'm not exactly sure how you got there. How did you know that g(x)=x+1 and that g(y)=y+1? Thanks again.

Guest Jul 30, 2020

#4**+1 **

You are trying to find functions that satisfy the relationship: g(x)*g(y) = g(x+y) + x*y

Pretend I defined the function as g(z) = z + 1.

When z = x we have g(x) = x+1

When z = y we have g(y) = y + 1

When z = x+y we have g(x+y) = x + y + 1

So this definition of the function g satisfies the specified criterion.

I suspect its the only one, but I haven't attempted to prove it!

Alan
Jul 30, 2020