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Homework Help: A good problem of functions

  1. Dec 29, 2011 #1
    1. If f(x) be a differentiable function, such that f(x)f(y) + 2 = f(x) + f(y) + f(xy); f'(0) = 0 & f'(1) = 2, then find f(x).

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I tried differentiating the given stuff wrt to x and then tried to put in the values given instead of y and find a differential equations by solving which I could get the function.. That didn't work with the stuff tried. Then I went on to substitute y=x and tried to get a differential equation. But I was unable to write f'(x^2)2x in terms of dy/dx.. So, I couldn't go ahead. Also, was it mathematically correct to put in x=y to solve the question?
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  3. Dec 29, 2011 #2


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    What did you get when you differentiated?

    Yes, it was mathematically correct to put in x=y to help solve this.
  4. Jan 2, 2012 #3
    Well actually on differentiating I am getting this:
    2f(x)f'(x) = 2f'(x) + f'(x^2)2x

    Now I can put f'(x) as dy/dx but waht do I do with f'(x^2)2x??
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