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

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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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What type of numbers are roots of $x^{2} = -1$ themselves?

Are the roots $i, -i$ themselves irrational numbers or complex numbers or left auxiliary so that undefined?
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Prove that the zeros of an analytic function are finite and isolated

Let us assume that the zeros of $f = \{Z_1,\ldots,Z_n,a\}$ are infinite and converge towards $a$. The book which I am reading says that any neighborhood of $a$ will contain infinite zeros. Since $f$ ...
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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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Is a 3D Mandelbrot-esque fractal analogue possible?

I understand that (unlike complex numbers) there's no consistent 3 dimensional number system (even 4D loses some nice properties). Regardless, I'm wondering if there might be a 'trick' to create a 3D ...
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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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Clarify: “$S^0$, $S^1$ and $S^3$ are the only spheres which are also groups”

The zero, one, and three dimensional spheres $S^0$, $S^1$ and $S^3$ are in bijection with the sets $\{a\in \mathbb{K}:|a|=1\}$ for $\mathbb{K} = \mathbb{R}, \mathbb{C}, \mathbb{H}$ respectively. The ...
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How to visualize $\mathbb{C}^2$?

In a homework question I had to do, the rotational matrix $A = \begin{pmatrix} 0&-1\\1&0 \end{pmatrix}$ was given. Its eigenvalues in $\mathbb{C}$ are $i$ and $-i$. The set of all eigenvectors ...
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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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Does it make sense to compare complex numbers in certain circumstances?

I know that $\mathbb{C}$ is an unordered field and that (strictly non-real) complex numbers cannot be 'compared' in the sense that one is less than/greater than another. However, we can compare real ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Visualization of complex functions

How can I find the image of a rectangle $$a<\Re(z)<b \\c<\Im(z)<d$$ under the function $z^3$ , I tried breaking up $z$ into $x+iy$ and cubing it. I got the real and imaginary parts ...
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Is there a complex variant of Möbius' function?

When you're dealing with arithmetic functions, you might have come across the classical Möbius' function $$ \mu(n)=\begin{cases} (-1)^{\omega(n)}=(-1)^{\Omega(n)} &\mbox{if }\; \omega(n) = ...
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Imaginary $\cos^{-1}$ value significance?

When I was bored in AP Psych last year, I jokingly asked myself if there was a cosine inverse of $2$. Curious about it, I tried calculating it as follows: $$ \begin{align*} \cos (x) &= 2 \\ \sin ...
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ln(z) as antiderivative of 1/z

When integrating $$\frac{1}{x}$$ (where $x \in \mathbb{R} $) one gets $$ln|x|+c$$ since for $x>0$ $$(ln|x|+c)'=(ln(x)+c)'=\frac{1}{x}$$ and for $x<0$ ...
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If $f(z)$ is real periodic and $g(z)$ is complex periodic , Can $g(z+f(z))$ be periodic?

Let $A$ be a nonzero real number and let $B$ be a nonreal complex number. Let $z$ be a complex number. Let $f(z)$ and $g(z)$ be non-constant functions defined for all complex numbers $z$ and satisfy ...
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Towards a formula for the Euler $\phi$ function?

$\Phi_n(1)$ and $\Phi_n(-1)$ for the cyclotomic polynomials are well-known. I am now looking for $$\Phi_n(i)$$ and/or $$\Phi_n(-i)$$ with $i$ the complex unit. The reason is : I suppose it is ...
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How does quater-imaginary (and other imaginary/complex bases) work?

So I've been working on a simple base-conversion program, and having given it the ability to convert from decimal to any base $> 1$ or $< 0$, as well as the $p$-adic (bijective, I think?) bases, ...
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Cauchy representation and branch point order

This question is about the nature of branch points which arise in certain Cauchy-integral representations of functions of a single complex argument, $z$. The main application is for dispersion ...
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Natural extension of the divisor function $\sigma$ to the complex integers $\mathbb{Z}[i]$

The divisor function $\sigma$ of a positive integer $n$ is defined as the sum of the positive divisors of $n$. It turns out that this definition is equivalent to ...
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If $(a + ib)^3 = 8$, prove that $a^2 + b^2 = 4$

If $(a + ib)^3 = 8$, prove that $a^2 + b^2 = 4$ Hint: solve for $b^2$ in terms of $a^2$ and then solve for $a$ I've attempted the question but I don't think I've done it correctly: $$ ...
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If three complex numbers $z_k$ have modulus $1$, then $|z_1+z_2+z_3| = |\frac{1}{z_1}+\frac{1}{z_2}+\frac{1}{z_3}|$

Our teacher gave us a hard question (according to her, it is pretty hard for our level): Given that $|z_1| = |z_2|= |z_3|=1,z \in\mathbb{C}$, prove that $|z_1+z_2+z_3| = ...
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How do i find $(1+i)^{100}?$

How do I find $(1+i)^{100}$ without expanding $(1+i)$ 100 times? Is there a quicker way to do this? The hint was to find the modulus and argument of $1+i$ which I've got as $\sqrt{2}$ and $\pi/4$ ...
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Solving complex numbers equation $z^3 = \overline{z} $

We have the following equation: $$z^3 = \overline{z} $$ I set z to be $z = a + ib$ and since I know that $ \overline{z} = a - ib$. I was trying to solve it by opening the left side of the equation. ...
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Prove that $f=(x+i)^{10}+(x-i)^{10}$ have all real roots

We have $f=(x+i)^{10}+(x-i)^{10}$ and we need to prove that $f$ have all the roots in $\mathbb{R}$. Here is all my steps: Suppose that $z\in\mathbb{R}$ is a root of $f\Rightarrow ...
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Extending the set of complex numbers

Mathematics as a science became richer when Cantor invented the real numbers. Then scientists wanted to solve equations which were not solvable in the real numbers so they invented the complex ...
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Picture/intuitive proof of $\cos(3 \theta) = 4 \cos^3(\theta)-3\cos(\theta)$?

Is there a nice geometric, intuitive or picture proof as to why the easily algebraically provable identity $\cos(3 \theta) = 4 \cos^3(\theta)-3\cos(\theta)$ is true? Note I'm not looking for a ...
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Having trouble understanding generalized complex numbers

I'm reading a paper on the generalized complex numbers, but I have trouble in some of its fundamental properties. I have searched wiki but it left me none the wiser. Please see the image below, in ...
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4 dimensional numbers

I've tought using split complex and complex numbers toghether for building a 3 dimensional space (related to my previous question). I then found out using both together, we can have trouble on the ...
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What's the result? $1/i=?$, where $i=\sqrt{-1}$ [duplicate]

I just had my first math class in the university, and I understood everything pretty well, but I think I have misread this one because I read that the result is $-1$. Thanks for your answers!
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An application of Vandermonde determinant

Let $\lambda_1,\ldots,\lambda_n$ be complex numbers such that for each positive integer $k\geq 0$, $$\sum_{i=1}^n \lambda_i^k=0.$$ Here I am supposed to show that $\lambda_i=0$ for each $i\in ...
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Strong characterization of $\mathbb C$ with respect to $\mathbb R$

$\mathbb R^2$ is not a field, but $2$-tuple arithmetic rules like $(a,b)(c,d)=(ac-bd,ad+bc)$ coupled with $\mathbb R^2$ make it a field, but are there other rules than $(a,b)(c,d)=(ac-db,ad+bc)$ ...
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What's the Difference Between a Vector and an Hypercomplex Number?

What's the difference between a vector and an hypercomplex number? For instance a 4-vector and a quaternion. They seem to share many properties. Perhaps this question could be put more generally as: ...
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Complex roots of $z^6 + z^3 + 1 = 0$

The equation I'm trying to solve is $f(z) = 0$ where $$f(z) = z^6 + z^3 + 1$$ I already tried the following: randomly throwing in complex numbers and real numbers, rational root theorem, banging my ...
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Proving complex numbers

Let $z_1,z_2$ be two complex numbers such that $z_1 + z_2$ and $z_1\dot\ z_2$ are each negative real numbers. Prove that $z_1$ and $z_2$ must be real numbers. My attempt at a solution ...
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Are there any calculus/complex numbers/etc proofs of the pythagorean theorem?

I have been looking for proofs for the pythagorean theorem that don't use area calculation but calculus, complex numbers or any other interesting ways to proof it. I would love to see any interesting ...