Posted by Anubhav on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 10:33am.
Let f(x) be a polynomial such that
f(f(x))−x^2=xf(x).
Find f(−100).

HEEEELP MATHS  Steve, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11:30am
It is clear that f(x) is linear. If it were, say, quadratic,
f(x) = ax^2+bx+c with a≠0
f(f) = af^2+bf+c
= a(ax^2+bx+c)^2 + b(ax^2+bx+c) + c
is a 4thdegree polynomial.
xf(x)+x^2 = x(ax^2+bx+c) + x^2
is a 3rddegree polynomial. That would mean a=0.
So, let
f(x) = ax+b
f(f) = af+b = a(ax+b)+b = a^2x+(ab+b)
xf(x)+x^2 = x(ax+b)+x^2 = (a+1)x^2 + bx
So, a+1=0, and a = 1
That makes b=1, and so
f(x) = 1x
check:
f(f(x)) = 1f = 1(1x) = x
xf(x)+x^2 = x(1x)+x^2 = x

HEEEELP MATHS  intermediate player PLEASE HELP, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 12:19pm
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