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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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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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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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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What is $(-1)^{\frac{2}{3}}$?

Following from this question, I came up with another interesting question: What is $(-1)^{\frac{2}{3}}$? Wolfram alpha says it equals to some weird complex number (-0.5 +0.866... i), but when I try ...
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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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Proving $\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n}\cos(kx)=\frac{1}{2}+\frac{\sin(\frac{2n+1}{2}x)}{2\sin(x/2)}$

I am being asked to prove that $$\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n}\cos(kx)=\frac{1}{2}+\frac{\sin(\frac{2n+1}{2}x)}{2\sin(x/2)}$$ I have some progress made, but I am stuck and could use some help. What I did: ...
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The set of real numbers is a subset of the set of complex numbers?

So, I was taught that $\mathbb{Z}\subseteq\mathbb{Q}\subseteq\mathbb{R}$. But since the set of complex numbers is by definition $$\mathbb{C}=\{a+bi:a,b\in\mathbb{R}\},$$ doesn't this mean ...
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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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Definite integral of even powers of Cosine.

I'm looking for a step-by-step solution to the following integral, in terms of n$$\int_0^{\frac{\pi}{2}} \cos^{2n}(x) \ {dx}$$I actually KNOW that the solution is$${\frac{\pi}{2}} \prod_{k=1}^n ...
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If $f(z)=\cfrac{z+1}{z-1}$ , then find $f^{1991}(2+i)$

If $f(z)=\cfrac{z+1}{z-1}$ , then find $f^{1991}(2+i)$ Forgive me if the question is too short but really I don't know how to do this one. That's what I have done so far: ...
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proof for $\frac{1}{i} = -i$?

My physical chemistry textbook seems to be making the implicit assumption that $\cfrac{1}{i} = -i$. I'm not sure how this is valid. Here is the snippet of relevant steps: ...
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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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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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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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A proper definition of $i$, the imaginary unit [duplicate]

Back when I was in high school, which was a long time ago, I recall my math teacher telling me that the definition of $i$, the imaginary unit, is $\sqrt{-1}$. Knowing little, at the time, I accepted ...
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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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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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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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An “elementary” approach to complex exponents?

Is there any way to extend the elementary definition of powers to the case of complex numbers? By "elementary" I am referring to the definition based on $$a^n=\underbrace{a\cdot a\cdots ...
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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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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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Complex Numbers $\stackrel{?}{=} \mathbb{R}^ 2$

Suppose we have a vector field over real numbers $\mathbb R^2$. In additon to vector field proporties define inner product $(x,y) = x_1\cdot y_1 + x_2\cdot y_2$, where $x_1,x_2,y_1,y_2$ are real ...
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Prove if $|z| < 1$ and $ |w| < 1$, then $|1-zw^*| \neq 0$ and $| {{z-w} \over {1-zw^*}}| < 1$

Prove if $|z| < 1$ and $ |w| < 1$, then $|1-zw^*| \neq 0$ and $| {{z-w} \over {1-zw^*}}| < 1$Given that $|1-zw^*|^2 - |z-w|^2 = (1-|z|^2)(1-|w|^2)$I think the first part can be proven by ...
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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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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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$S1 = 1 + {x^3 \over 3!} + {x^6 \over 6!} + …$

In one of my lecturer's problem sheets we were asked to evaluate the following sums: $$S1 = 1 + {x^3 \over 3!} + {x^6 \over 6!} + \dots $$ $$S2 = {x^1 \over 1!} +{x^4 \over 4!} +{x^7 \over 7!} + ...
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Am I wrong in thinking that $e^{i \pi} = -1$ is hardly remarkable?

I believe my trouble is that the identity, $e^{i \pi} = -1$, comes down to the definition of the exponentiation of $i$, which seems rather obscure to me. This is my current understanding of ...
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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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Complex analysis : If $z =re^{i\theta}$, then prove that $|e^{iz}| =e^{-r\sin\theta}$

Problem : If $z =re^{i\theta}$, then prove that $|e^{iz} | =e^{-r\sin\theta}$ My working : $z = re^{i\theta} = r(\cos\theta + i\sin\theta)$ $\Rightarrow iz = ir(\cos\theta +\sin\theta) $ = ...
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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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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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$e^{i\theta}$ versus $\cos\theta+i\sin\theta$

I am teaching an basic university maths course, and have been thinking about the complex numbers part. Specifically, I was wondering why I should include Euler's formula in my course. This led me to ...
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Is this a sound demonstration of Euler's identity?

Richard Feynman referred to Euler's Identity, $e^{i\pi} + 1 = 0$ as a "jewel." I'm trying to demonstrate this jewel without recourse to a Taylor series. Given $z = cos\theta + i sin\theta\; |\;|z| = ...
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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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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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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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Roots of iterations of polynomials

Let $f \in \Bbb Q[X]$ a polynomial, and let denote by $f^n$ the composition $\underbrace{f \circ \cdots \circ f}_{n \text{ times }}$. Let $R(f^n) \subset \Bbb C$ the roots of $f^n$. I'm interested in ...
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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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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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Non-integral powers of a matrix

Question Given a square complex matrix $A$, what ways are there to define and compute $A^p$ for non-integral scalar exponents $p\in\mathbb R$, and for what matrices do they work? My thoughts ...
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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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Why do Quaternions and octonions exist?

Ok so I have known about imaginary numbers for quite some time now. I also understand why we want them to exist (to have a solution for $x^2=-1$). I also remember reading that the complex numbers are ...
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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 ...