Questions involving complex numbers: numbers of the form $a+bi$ where $i^2=-1$.

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In a complex vector space, $\langle Tx,x \rangle=0 \implies T = 0$

Suppose $T$ is a linear operator on a complex inner product space. Is it a theorem that if $\langle Tx,x\rangle=0$ for all $x$ in the space then $T=0$. The theorem fails in the real case, as seen for ...
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If $0$, $z_1$, $z_2$ and $z_3$ are concyclic, then $\frac{1}{z_1}$,$\frac{1}{z_2}$,$\frac{1}{z_3}$ are collinear

If the complex numbers $0$, $z_1$, $z_2$ and $z_3$ are concyclic, prove that $\frac{1}{z_1}$,$\frac{1}{z_2}$,$\frac{1}{z_3}$ are collinear. I really can't seem to get anywhere on this problem, ...
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Proving that the limit of a sequence is $> 0$

Let $u$ be the complex sequence defined as follows : $u_0=i$ and $ \forall n \in \mathbb N, u_{n+1}=u_n + \frac {n+1-u_n}{|n+1-u_n|} $ . Consider $w_n$ defined by $\forall n \in \mathbb ...
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An Inequality with complex numbers and $1/\pi$ [duplicate]

Let $\displaystyle \{z_1,z_2, \ldots, z_n\}$ be $n$ complex numbers such that: $\displaystyle \sum\limits_{k=1}^n|z_k| = 1$ Then we have to show that, there is a subset $S$ of $\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$, ...
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What specific algebraic properties are broken at each Cayley-Dickson stage beyond octonions?

I'm starting to come around to an understanding of hypercomplex numbers, and I'm particularly fascinated by the fact that certain algebraic properties are broken as we move through each of the $2^n$ ...
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What's the thing with $\sqrt{-1} = i$

What's the thing with $\sqrt{-1} = i$? Do they really teach this in the US? It makes very little sense, because $-i$ is also a square root of $-1$, and the choice of which root to label as $i$ is ...
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Adding powers of $i$

I've been struggling with figuring out how to add powers of $i$. For example, the result of $i^3 + i^4 + i^5$ is $1$. But how do I get the result of $i^3 + i^4 + ... + i^{50}$? Writing it all down ...
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How to solve $e^{ix} = i$

I am taking an on-line course and the following homework problem was posed: $$e^{ix} = i$$ I have no idea how to solve this problem. I have never dealt with solving equations that have imaginary ...
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$ \exists a, b \in \mathbb{Z} $ such that $ a^2 + b^2 = 5^k $

I saw this problem recently and found an elegant solution to it, and was curious to see if anybody would think of something else. Nice solutions to nice problems are fun to see! Problem: Prove ...
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Positive and negative complex numbers?

Can there be such a thing as positive and negative complex numbers? Why or why not? What about positive or negative imaginary numbers? It seems very tempting to say $+5i$ is a positive number ...
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What does $\mathrm{Re}(x)$ mean?

I see this all the time in Mathematica output as well as in text, such as near the top of the Wikipedia Beta function page.
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what is$ \sqrt{8i}$

Very simple question with an answer that I cannot understand: I have $\sqrt{8i}$, which, I suppose, is the same as $\sqrt{\sqrt{-64}}$. How come that $2+2i$ is the same as $\sqrt{8i}$? My ...
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Prove if $|z|=|w|=1$, and $1+zw \neq 0$, then $ {{z+w} \over {1+zw}} $ is a real number

If $|z|=|w|=1$, and $1+zw \neq 0$, then $ {{z+w} \over {1+zw}} \in \Bbb R $ i found one link that had a similar problem. Prove if $|z| < 1$ and $ |w| < 1$, then $|1-zw^*| \neq 0$ and $| {{z-w} ...
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Why are complex numbers considered to be numbers?

I've had Dave's Short Course on Complex Numbers on the web since 1999, and I'd like to add a page on why complex numbers are (or should be) considered to be numbers. I'm frequently asked that ...
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How does one find $z\in \mathbb{C}$ such that $\sin z=100?$

I am self-studying Complex Analysis and I am suppose to find $z\in \mathbb{C}$ such that $\sin z=100.$ I know that $$\sin z=\sin x \cosh y+i\cos x\sinh y$$ So I must have $\sin x \cosh y=100.$ I ...
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Limit of complex function

Im trying to find the limit of: $$ \frac{\operatorname{Re}(z) \operatorname{Im}(z)}{z^2}$$ as z tends to zero.
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Why is $\left(e^{2\pi i}\right)^i \neq e^{-2 \pi}$?

Here's my (obviously flawed) proof that $1=e^{-2 \pi}$: $$ 1^i=1\\ e^{2 \pi i} = 1\\ \left(e^{2\pi i}\right)^i = 1^i\\ e^{-2 \pi} = 1 $$ What's the issue? I understand that exponentiation is not ...
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Non-integer powers of negative numbers

Roots behave strangely over complex numbers. Given this, how do non-integer powers behave over negative numbers? More specifically: Can we define fractional powers such as $(-2)^{-1.5}$? Can we ...
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Deriving an expression for $\cos^4 x + \sin^4 x$

Derive the identity $\cos^4 x + \sin^4 x=\frac{1}{4} \cos (4x) +\frac{3}{4}$ I know $e^{i4x}=\cos (4x) + i \sin (4x)=(\cos x +i \sin x)^4$. Then I use the binomial theorem to expand this fourth ...
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A difficult inequality involving complex numbers

Suppose that $z_1,\ldots,z_n$ are complex numbers with the property that there is some constant $C$ such that $$\big|z_1^r+\cdots+z_n^r\big|\leqslant C$$ for all integers $r\geqslant0$. Show that ...
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Invariant under transformation $i\mapsto -i$ implies real?

When one has an expression in terms of $i$, one can send $i$ to $-i$ and, if the expression remains unchanged, one can conclude that the expression is, in fact, real. Analogous statements hold for ...
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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 ...
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How to visualize $f(x) = (-2)^x$

Background I teach Algebra and second year Algebra to middle school students. We are currently studying Exponential, Power, and Logarithmic functions. We study exponential functions (of the form ...
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How do I completely solve the equation $z^4 - 2z^3 + 9z^2 - 14z + 14 = 0$ where there is a root with the real part of $1$.

I would please like some help with solving the following equation: $$z^4 - 2z^3 + 9z^2 - 14z + 14 = 0$$ All I know about the equation is that there is a root with the real part of $1$. My approach ...
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How to find the center of the circle that contains three given complex numbers?

Suppose $\alpha_1, \alpha_2, \alpha_3 $ are complex numbers which are not collinear. Is it possible to use some geometry to find the center of the circle that contains $\alpha_1, \alpha_2, \alpha_3 $ ...
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Set Theoretic Definition of Complex Numbers: How to Distinguish $\mathbb{C}$ from $\mathbb{R}^2$?

I have spent some time looking for a rigorous, set-theoretic definition of the complex numbers. I have read the book Elements of Set Theory by Herbert Enderton (1977) which does an excellent job of ...
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How to calculate $i^i$ [duplicate]

I've been struggling with this problem, actually I was doing a program in python and did 1j ** 1j(complex numbers) (In python ...
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How to show that $\overline{zw}=\overline{z}\,\overline{w}$?

I thought about first multiplying two complex which aren't in the conjugate form: $$zw=a c+i a d+i b c-b d$$ Then multiply two complex conjugates: $$\overline{z}\,\overline{w}=a c\color{red}{-}i a ...
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Is every complex number the root of a polynomial? (Converse to fundamental theorem of algebra.)

For every polynomial with complex coefficients, the fundamental theorem of algebra guarantees the existence of complex numbers which happen to be roots of it. But is this everything? i.e. is the ...
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Why isn't $\log(-1)=i\pi$?

Reading http://people.math.gatech.edu/~cain/winter99/ch3.pdf, $\log(z)$ is defined as $=\ln|z|+i\arg(z)$. Looking on the Wessel plane, isn't $\arg(-1)=\pi$ (more generally $\pi \pm 2 \pi n$)? And ...
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Why is $x^2$ +$ y^2$ = 1, where $x$ and $ y$ are complex numbers, a sphere?

I've heard $x^2 + y^2$ = 1, where $x$, $y$ are complex numbers, is supposed to be a sphere with two points removed, or also a cylinder. The problem is I've been trying to wrap my head around this for ...
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How does this equality on vertices in the complex plane imply they are vertices of an equilateral triangle?

I've read that if the complex numbers $a_1$, $a_2$ and $a_3$ are the vertices of a triangle in the complex plane such that $$ a_1^2+a_2^2+a_3^2=a_1a_2+a_2a_3+a_1a_3 $$ then the vertices are actually ...
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Is it ever $i$ time?

I am asking this question as a response to reading two different questions: Is it ever Pi time? and Are complex number real? So I ask, is it ever $i$ time? Could we arbitrarily define time as ...
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To calculate residue of the function $f(z) = \frac{z^2 + \sin z}{\cos z - 1}$.

I was trying to find the residue of the function $$f(z) = \frac{z^2 + \sin z}{\cos z - 1}.$$ Here is the my attempt: The given function has a pole of order two at $z = 2n\pi$. So, we use the ...
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Connectedness of $\lbrace z\in\mathbb{C} : |z^2+az+b|<r\rbrace$

What are the values of $r$ for which the set $$\lbrace z\in\mathbb{C} : |z^2+az+b|<r\rbrace$$ is connected ? Here $a,b\in\mathbb{C}$ and $r\in\mathbb{R}$.
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Drawing $z^4 +16 = 0$

I need to draw $z^4 +16 = 0$ on the complex numbers plane. By solving $z^4 +16 = 0$ I get: $z = 2 (-1)^{3/4}$ or $z = -2 (-1)^{3/4}$ or $z = -2 (-1)^{1/4}$ or $z = 2 (-1)^{1/4}$ However, the ...
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Product of $ |z^k - 1| $

Problem: Prove the following identity about the product involving the nth roots of unity: $$ \prod_{k=1}^{N-1}|z^k-1| = N $$ where $ z^k $ is the primitive nth root of unity. Attempt: $$ ...
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Does $\exp(2ir\pi)$ equal $1$? What's wrong?

Since $e^{ix}=\cos x+i\sin x$, thus $e^{2\pi i}=\cos2\pi+i\sin2\pi=1$ Now I take arbitrary real number $r$ then $e^{i2\pi r}=(e^{i2\pi})^r=1^r=1?$ But this cannot be true since $\cos2\pi ...
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Inequality relating coefficients and roots of a complex polynomial

While going through some olympiad handouts I stumbled upon a problem related to an upper bound for the Mahler measure, which stated that Given a polynomial $f(x) = x^n + a_{n-1}x^{n-1} + \dots + a_0 ...
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Notation For Complex Numbers

I have seen many different notations used for complex numbers. Does it make a difference which notation is used, or is any one notation more standard than another? I see a+bi at ...
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Proving that $\sum\limits_{n = 0}^{2013} a_n z^n \neq 0$ if $a_0 > a_1 > \dots > a_{2013} > 0$ and $|z| \leq 1$

I'm going to teach a preparation course for the complex analysis qualifying exam from my university (which basically consists of me doing some problems from past exams) and I'm trying to solve some ...
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How to teach a High school student that complex numbers cannot be totally ordered?

I once again need your precious knowledge! I am not sure which is the best pedagogic way to teach a High school student about why complex numbers cannot be totally ordered. When I was in High school ...
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What is the formula for the first Riemann zeta zero?

I found this approximation of which an earlier version I posted in the chat room: $$7 \pi -\text{Log}\left[\frac{7}{2} e^{-7 \pi /2}+\frac{5}{2} e^{-5 \pi /2}+\frac{3}{2} e^{-3 \pi /2}+e^{5 \pi /2}+2 ...
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Is there a “good” way to visualize complex vectors?

We often represent complex numbers as vectors in $\mathbb{R}^2$ with $x$ being the real axis and $y$ being the imaginary axis. We often represent 2-dimensional vectors over $\mathbb{R}$ in a similar ...
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Axiomatic definition of complex numbers

Trying to build axiomatically the set $\mathbb C$ of complex numbers, my first attempt was to define $\mathbb C$ with three structures: addition, multiplication and conjugate: $\langle\mathbb ...
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Why does $\sum_{k=2}^\infty k \left( \sum_{j=2^k}^{2^{k+1}-1} \frac{(-1)^j}{j} \right )+{1\over2}-{1\over3} = \gamma$?

How could one prove that $$x = \sum_{k=2}^\infty k \left( \sum_{j=2^k}^{2^{k+1}-1} \frac{(-1)^j}{j} \right )$$ is such that $x+{1\over2}-{1\over3} = \gamma$ ? I am having problems just calculating ...
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Simplest examples of real world situations that can be elegantly represented with complex numbers

Mathematics could be defined as the study of formally defined abstractions. These abstractions may or may not be useful for describing real world phenomenon. Indeed, Physics could be defined as the ...
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I don't understand $\sqrt{-9i}$.

I try to visualise it on a graph, where x is real numbers and y is the imaginary numbers. $\sqrt{9} = (3,0)$ and $(-3,0)$. $\sqrt{-9} = \sqrt{-1} \times \sqrt{9} = (0,3) $ and $(0,-3)$. ...
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How to show a complex number inequality

A classmate consulted me this problem, after a few moment's thought I found it was difficult, so I wish to try my luck here. Let $z_1,z_2,z_3,z_4\in \mathbb{C}$ such that ...
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How do I find a constant for a polynomial so its roots are reflective around a linear function?

How can I find all complex numbers $w$ so that the roots of the following polynomial are reflected around a linear function $f(x)$ $$p(q) = q^2-4q+w = 0$$ If I want to find all the complex numbers ...