Tagged Questions

Questions involving complex numbers, that is numbers of the form $a+bi$ where $i^2=-1$ and $a,b\in\mathbb{R}$.

906 views

Infinite powering by $i$ [duplicate]

Find the value of: $i^{i^{i^{i^{i^{i^{....\infty}}}}}}$ Simply infinite powering by i's and the limiting value. Thank you for the help.
2k views

Prove $|e^{i\theta} -1| \leq |\theta|$

Could you help me to prove $$|e^{i\theta} -1| \leq |\theta|$$ I am studying the proof of differentiability of Fourier Series, and my book used this lemma. How does it work?
837 views

Is $e^{i\pi}+1=0$ all it's cracked up to be?

While it is beautiful and elegant and all that, isn't it true that Euler's identity is really just an artifact of how we define the radian? I'm speaking of those who say that it's great because it ...
2k views

How to prove that a complex number is not a root of unity?

$\frac35+i\frac45$ is not a root of unity though its absolute value is $1$. Suppose I don't have a calculator to calculate out its argument then how do I prove it? Is there any approach from ...
2k views

Can I compare real and complex numbers?

I'm calculating the eigenvalues of the matrix $\begin{pmatrix} 2 &0 &0& 1\\ 0 &1& 0& 1\\ 0 &0& 3& 1\\ -1 &0 &0 &1\end{pmatrix}$, which ...
3k views

How can one intuitively think about quaternions?

Quaternions came up while I was interning not too long ago and it seemed like no one really know how they worked. While eventually certain people were tracked down and were able to help with the issue,...
3k views

Why is $i^3$ (the complex number “$i$”) equal to $-i$ instead of $i$? [duplicate]

$$i^3=iii=\sqrt{-1}\sqrt{-1}\sqrt{-1}=\sqrt{(-1)(-1)(-1)}=\sqrt{-1}=i$$ Please take a look at the equation above. What am I doing wrong to understand $i^3 = i$, not $-i$?
2k views

Refining my knowledge of the imaginary number

So I am about halfway through complex analysis (using Churchill amd Brown's book) right now. I began thinking some more about the nature and behavior of $i$ and ran into some confusion. I have seen ...
1k views

Mandelbrot fractal: How is it possible?

I'm a programmer and have recently played around a bit with rendering Mandelbrot fractals / zooming into them. What I can't grasp: How can such infinite, complex shapes come out of somewhat 10 lines ...
3k views

Wild automorphisms of the complex numbers

I read about so called "wild" automorphisms of the field of complex numbers (i.e. not the identity nor the complex conjugation). I suppose they must be rather weird and I wonder whether someone could ...
427 views

How many $\mathbb R$s must a Mathematician walk down?

A mathematician is lost on the complex plane. He knows neither his position nor the direction he is facing. He wants to return to the main road, a strip of width $1$ around the real axis (that is, ...
2k views

An example for a calculation where imaginary numbers are used but don't occur in the question or the solution.

In a presentation I will have to give an account of Hilbert's concept of real and ideal mathematics. Hilbert wrote in his treatise "Über das Unendliche" (page 14, second paragraph. Here is an English ...
5k views

Why did Euler use e to represent complex numbers?

From Euler we've learned that $z=re^{i\theta}$. And it's easy to see that $|z|^2=r^2$, since $re^{i\theta}\times re^{-i\theta}=r^2$. Why must we use e to represent these numbers correctly? It seems ...
15k views

Is the square root of a negative number defined?

I have been in a debate over 9gag with this new comic: "The Origins" And I thought, "haha, that's funny, because I know $i = \sqrt{-1}$". And then, this comment cast a doubt: There is no such ...
351 views

Does my definition of double complex noncommutative numbers make any sense?

I wanted to factorize $a^2+b^2+c^2$ into two factors in a similar way to $$a^2+b^2 = (a+ib)(a-ib)$$ This doesn't seem to be possible using real or complex numbers. However I came up with the following ...
846 views

How would you explain why $e^{i\pi}+1=0$ to a middle school student?

Hi I was asked by a friends child who is in middle school why $e^{i\pi}+1=0$. Now I couldn't think of a way to explain it so he would understand. Albert Einstein once said “If you can't explain it ...
2k views

5k views

Understanding imaginary exponents

Greetings! I am trying to understand what it means to have an imaginary number in an exponent. What does $x^{i}$ where $x$ is real mean? I've read a few pages on this issue, and they all seem to ...
452 views

Mysterious identity

Playing around with Maple I found this identity $$\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}\frac{2k+1}{1-z^{2k+1}}=n\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}\frac{1}{1+z^{k}}$$ where $n$ is a positive integer, $z=\exp(\pi i/n)$. I was able to verify ...
559 views

What is the precise definition of $i$?

This may seem like an extraordinarily trivial question and yet it has completely confounded me. The technical definition of $i$ is $$i^2=-1$$ But there are two numbers which fulfill this ...
6k views

2k views

2k views

Is there an interval notation for complex numbers?

Just as $$\{x \in \mathbb{R}: a \leq x \leq b\}$$ can be written in the more-compact form $[a,b],$ is there an analogous notation for $$\{z \in \mathbb{C}:z=x+yi, x \in[a,b], y \in[c,d]\} \quad ?$$ ...
566 views

Explain why $e^{i\pi} = -1$ to an $8^{th}$ grader?

I am an $8^{th}$ grader that is taking Algebra I. But nearly everyday I try to learn things outside of what I am learning in class. Quite a while ago I discovered that $e^{i\pi} = -1$. This ...
12k views

Can a real symmetric matrix have complex eigenvectors?

A Hermitian matrix always has real eigenvalues and real or complex orthogonal eigenvectors. A real symmetric matrix is a special case of Hermitian matrices, so it too has orthogonal eigenvectors and ...
8k views

1k views

Prove that a polynomial has at least one nonreal complex root

Prove that the polynomial below has at least one nonreal complex root $$x^5+\frac{x^4}2+ \frac{x^3}3+\frac{x^2}4+\frac x{24}+\frac 1{120}$$ I have tried to prove that there exist $k\in \Bbb R$, such ...
388 views

Simple Proof of the Euler Identity $\exp{i\theta}=\cos{\theta}+i\sin{\theta}$

My question is too simple. We know all that if we define the exponential function on $\mathbb{C}$ then we define the real part and imaginary part of $\exp{it}$ as $\cos{t}$ and $\sin{t}$. So if we ...
In a comment to a previous answer it has been mentioned that the boundary of the Mandelbrot set contains the cardioid $$c = e^{it} \, \frac{2 - e^{it}}{4}$$ but how can we prove this?