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#1
Nov2712, 12:12 PM

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Hello,
I want to find a family of functions [itex]\phi:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}[/itex] that have the property: [tex]\phi(x+y)=\phi(x)\phi(y)[/tex] where [itex]x,y\in \mathbb{R}[/itex]. I know that any exponential function of the kind [itex]\phi(x)=a^x[/itex] with [itex]a\in\mathbb{C}[/itex] will satisfy this property. Is this the only choice, or are there other functions that I am missing that satisfy the above property? 


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Nov2712, 03:21 PM

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Try playing around with the formula to answer this question for yourself.
For instance the formula shows that [itex]\phi[/itex](0) = 1 


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Nov2712, 03:28 PM

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hello mnb96!
various ways, eg put ##\psi = ln\phi##, or what is ##\phi '(x+y)## ? 


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Nov2712, 05:44 PM

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Question on isomorphism between addition and multiplication
Some remarks:
1) I'm not sure how you define [itex]a^x[/itex] for [itex]a\in \mathbb{C}[/itex]. You got to be careful, because those exponents usually take on multiple values and you need to choose the correct one. 2) You might want to add as an hypothesis that [itex]\varphi[/itex] is continuous. In that case, you will indeed be able to prove what you want. If [itex]\varphi[/itex] is not continuous, then there might be other functions which satisfy the equation, and those functions are very illbehaved. 


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Nov2712, 07:16 PM

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 the rule implies that f(0) = 1 and f(x) >0  the rule says that f(x) = f(x/n)^n so f(x/n) must approach 1 as n grows large. This indicates (but doesn't prove)continuity at zero. But if it is continuous at zero it is everyehere. If not, it is discontinuous everywhere. 


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Nov2712, 07:52 PM

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We know that [itex]\mathbb{R}[/itex] is a [itex]\mathbb{Q}[/itex]vector space, so it has an (infinite) basis E. Take a particular [itex]e\in E[/itex]. Any element [itex]z\in \mathbb{R}[/itex] can be written as the finite sum [tex]z=\sum_{x\in E} \alpha_x x[/tex] Now define [itex]g(z)=\alpha_ee[/itex]. Then [itex]g:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}[/itex] satisfies [itex]g(x+y)=g(x)+g(y)[/itex] for all reals x and y. But it is not [itex]\mathbb{R}[/itex]linear and thus not continuous. Now define [itex]f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}[/itex] as [itex]f(z)=2^{g(z)}[/itex]. Then this satsifies [itex]f(x+y)=f(x)f(y)[/itex] but it is not continuous. 


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Nov2712, 09:09 PM

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so exponentiate any Q but not R linear map of the reals to the reals. So... the sequence x/n will have a constant coefficient divided by n with respect the the basis vector so that's why the function looks continuous on it. And this means that there is a number with a coefficient bounded away from zero in any interval around zero. 


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Nov2712, 09:57 PM

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Mmm... ... I am a bit confused.
Let's stick for now with the case [itex]\phi:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}[/itex]. Assuming [itex]\phi[/itex] is an isomorphism between (ℝ,+) and (ℝ^{+},×) that satisfies the property [itex]\phi(x+y)=\phi(x)\phi(y)[/itex], and that is continuous, we can say that: 1) [itex]\phi(0)=\phi(xx)=\phi(x)\phi(x)[/itex] for all [itex]x\in \mathbb{R}[/itex], thus [itex]\phi(0)=1[/itex] 2) from 1) we have that [itex]\phi(x)=\frac{1}{\phi(x)}[/itex] 3) [itex]\phi(x)=\phi(x/2+x/2)=\phi(x/2)^2 > 0[/itex], thus [itex]\phi(x)>0[/itex] 4) [itex]\phi[/itex] must be bijective, thus [itex]\phi'(x)>0[/itex] 5) [itex]\phi(n) = \phi(1+1+\ldots+1)=\phi(1)^n[/itex] for all [itex]n\in \mathbb{Z}[/itex] In conclusion [itex]\phi[/itex] must be a continuous positive monotonic increasing function passing through the point (0,1) and through the points [itex](n, \phi(1)^n)[/itex]. It seems clear that the only possibility is to choose [itex]\phi(x)=\phi(1)^x=a^x[/itex], although I don't know how to put it rigorously. Now the problem is, what if [itex]\phi:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{C}[/itex] maps the reals to a subset of the complex numbers? 


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Nov2812, 03:23 AM

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if ##\phi## is differentiable, there's a very quick proof
i suspect that that proof can be adapted to the merely continuous case (but i haven't tried) 


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Nov2812, 08:19 AM

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The function e[itex]^{x}[/itex] is bijective from the reals to the positive reals but its derivative is always negative. 


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Nov2812, 08:25 AM

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Nov2812, 08:40 AM

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A continuous linear map of the reals to the reals is multiplication by a constant. 


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Nov2812, 03:30 PM

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As micromass said for the complex case one need to wonder whether one can define a single branch of the logarithm on the values of [itex]\phi[/itex].
If ln[itex]\phi[/itex] is single valued then its projections onto the x and y axis are linear. 


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