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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 21, Issue 2, Pages 269-276

On common fixed and periodic points of commuting functions

Mathematics Department, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

Received 8 March 1996; Revised 30 March 1996

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It is known that two commuting continuous functions on an interval need not have a common fixed point. It is not known if such two functions have a common periodic point. In this paper we first give some results in this direction. We then define a new contractive condition, under which two continuous functions must have a unique common fixed point.