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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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$e^{i\theta}$ $=$ $\cos \theta + i \sin \theta$, a definition or theorem?

My question is simply whether the well-known formula $e^{i \theta}$ $=$ $\cos \theta$ $+$ $i \sin \theta$ a definition or there is some proof of the result. It seems to me that the formula is a ...
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why is $\sqrt{-1} = i$ and not $\pm i$? [duplicate]

this is something that came up when working with one of my students today and it has been bothering me since. It is more of a maths question than a pedagogical question so i figured i would ask here ...
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Why isn't $\int\sin(ix)~dx$ equal to $i\cos(ix)+C$ ?

I was playing around with imaginary numbers, and I tried to solve $$\int\sin(ix)~dx$$ and ended up getting $$i\cos(ix)+C$$ But apparently the answer is $$i\cosh(x)+C$$ I was just wondering, is this ...
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Multiplying complex numbers in polar form?

Could someone explain why you multiply the lengths and add the angles when multiplying polar coordinates? I tried multiplying the polar forms ($r_1\left(\cos\theta_1 + i\sin\theta_1\right)\cdot ...
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A ‘strong’ form of the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra

Let $ n \in \mathbb{N} $ and $ a_{0},\ldots,a_{n-1} \in \mathbb{C} $ be constants. By the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, the polynomial $$ p(z) := z^{n} + \sum_{k=0}^{n-1} a_{k} z^{k} \in ...
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Does $1^{\frac{-i\ln 2}{2\pi}}$ equal 2?

Just out of curiosity, I would like to know if this derivation is correct or not. Let's assume complex numbers and write $1 = e^{2\pi i n}$, for any $n\in\mathbb{Z}$. Then, by exponentiation we ...
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Is L'Hopitals rule applicable to complex functions?

I have a question about something I'm wondering about. I've read somewhere that L'Hopitals rule can also be applied to complex functions, when they are analytic. So if have for instance: $$ \lim_{z ...
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Why all composite numbers have this property?

Define $f(n)=\sum\limits_{A \in S} f_{1}(n,A),\ n>2,\ n \in \mathbb{Z}$, where $S$ is the power set of $\{\frac{1}{2},\cdots ,\frac{1}{n-1}\}$. Define $\ f_1(n,\varnothing)=1,\ ...
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If $\theta\in\mathbb{Q}$, is it true that $(\cos \theta + i \sin \theta)^\alpha = \cos(\alpha\theta) + i \sin(\alpha\theta)$?

Is the following true if $\theta\in\mathbb{Q}$? $$(\cos \theta + i \sin \theta)^\alpha = \cos(\alpha\theta) + i \sin(\alpha\theta)$$ Is it true if $\alpha\in\mathbb{R}$? In each case, prove or give a ...
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is a one-by-one-matrix just a number (scalar)?

I was wondering. Clearly, we cannot multiply a (1x1)-matrix with a (4x3)-matrix; However, we can multiply a scalar with a matrix. This suggests a difference. On the other hand, I was, for example, in ...
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Complex Exponents

What does it mean to raise a number to a complex exponent, and why? A lot of the explanations that I've seen involve e, why is this? I'm looking for an intuitive answer describing to how ...
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Solve $\cos{z}+\sin{z}=2$

I am trying to solve the question: $\cos{z}+\sin{z}=2$ Where $z \in \mathbb{C}$ I think I know how to solve $\cos{z}+\sin{z}=-1$: $1+2\cos^2{\frac{z}{2}}-1+2\sin ...
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Finding non-negative integers $m$ such that $(1 + \sqrt{-2})^m$ has real part $\pm 1$.

I believe that the integers $m$ with $(1+\sqrt{-2})^m$ having real part $\pm 1$ are $0, 1, 2$ and $5$, but I'm having trouble proving it. Write $$a_m = \Re((1+\sqrt{-2})^m) = \frac{(1 + \sqrt{-2})^m ...
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What is the value of $\ln \left(e^{2 \pi i}\right)$

I know that $$e^{2 \pi i} = 1$$ so by taking the natural logarithm on both sides $$\ln \left(e^{2 \pi i}\right)=\ln (1)=0$$ however, why isn't this $2 \pi i$ as expected? Is it beacuse logarithms ...
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How can people understand complex numbers and similar mathematical concepts?

In mathematics, how does something like complex numbers apply to the real world? Why do complex numbers exist? How can we comprehend addition of complex numbers? For example, addition of natural ...
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$x^2+1=0$ uncountable many solutions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are the solutions of polynomial equations so unconstrained over the quaternions? Coudl someone explain me the following: Why should $x^2+1=0$ have uncountable ...
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Why are primitive roots of unity the only solution to these equations?

I was led by this question to the following problem: Find $n$ complex numbers $\lambda_1\dots\lambda_n\in\mathbb{C}$ that satisfy $$\begin{align} \sum_i\lambda_i & =0\\ \sum_i\lambda_i^2 ...
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How did they simplify this expression involving roots of unity?

Suppose $\omega$ is a primitive seventh root of unity. I would like to find as simple an expression as possible for $$ \sum_{j=0}^6 (1 + \omega^j)^n. $$ The book I am looking at gives $$ 2^n ...
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Two points on circle resulting in 5 equal regions

What values of $Z_1$ and $Z_2$ make the five regions of the unit circle, shown below, equal in area? $\overline{Z_1}$ and $\overline{Z_2}$ are conjugates of $Z_1$ and $Z_2$; in other words they lie ...
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Are there any arguments against the Riemann hypothesis?

We all know the well known Riemann hypothesis that the zeroes of the Riemann-zeta function have real part $1/2$ seems to hold (as far as I know) for all prime numbers. I was curious if there were any ...