## Family Of Functions

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### Family Of Functions

Let $n \geq 1$ be an odd integer.Determine all functions $f$ from the set of integers to itself such that for all distinct integers $x$ and $y$,$f(x)-f(y)|x^{n}-y^{n}$.

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### Re: Family Of Functions

Too much similarity with 2004 N3 in one problem.

Let the assertion $P(x,y) \Longrightarrow f(x)-f(y) \mid x^n - y^n$
If $f(x)$ is a solution to the given equation, then so is $f(x)+c$, so WLOG let $f(0)=0$.
So, we have $f(x) \mid x^n \; \forall x \in \mathbb Z$

And thus, $f(1) \mid 1 \Rightarrow f(1) = 1$ or $-1$.
Now, if $f$ is a solution, then so is $-f$, so WLOG let $f(1) = 1$

Now, for any $p$, $f(p) \mid p^n \Rightarrow f(p) = p^k, k \le n$
$P(p,1) \Rightarrow p^k - 1 \mid p^n -1 \Rightarrow k \mid n$.

Now, as $n$ has finitely many divisors, there exists a $k \mid n$ such that $f(p) = p^k$ for infinitely many primes $p$.

Again $P(x,p) \Rightarrow f(x) - f(p) = f(x) - p^k \mid x^n - p^n$ along with $f(x) - p^k$ $\mid f(x)^{n/k} - (p^k)^{n/k}$ implies that $f(x) - p^k \mid x^n - f(x)^{n/k}$.

Now we have $f(x) - p^k \mid x^n - f(x)^{n/k}$ for infinitely many primes $p$, so $x^n -f(x)^{n/k} = 0$, or $f(x)^{n/k} = x^n \Rightarrow f(x) = x^k \; \forall x\in \mathbb Z$

So the solutions are, $f(x) = ax^d+b$, where $a=1 \text{ or } -1, d \mid n$
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### Re: Family Of Functions

*Mahi* wrote:Too much similarity with 2004 N3 in one problem.
Actually it's 2011 N3, the problem Zadid gave that is. বড় ভালবাসি তোমায়,মা

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### Re: Family Of Functions

Tahmid Hasan wrote: Actually it's 2011 N3, the problem Zadid gave that is. Knew that already i just commented on the uncanny similarity in the solution Please read Forum Guide and Rules before you post.

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### Re: Family Of Functions

*Mahi* wrote:

If $f(x)$ is a solution to the given equation, then so is $f(x)+c$, so WLOG let $f(0)=0$.
Why f(0)=0 ?

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### Re: Family Of Functions

@asif e elahi
To see this, suppose in such a solution f; f(x) = k. You may choose c = -k, so that in another solution g(x) = f(x) + c, g(x) = 0 holds.
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