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

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Distribution of roots of complex polynomials

I generated random quadratic and cubic polynomials with coefficients in $\mathbb{C}$ uniformly distributed in the unit disk $|z| \le 1$. The distribution of the roots of 10000 of these polynomials are ...
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Complex Exponential False “Proof” That All Integers Are $0$

The following false "proof" is attributed to Thomas Clausen in 1827, and was stated on page 79 of Nahin's An Imaginary Tale. $e^{i2\pi n}=1$ for all integers $n$. So \begin{align*} ee^{i2\pi ...
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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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What's more common? Re / Im or Fraktur-R / Fraktur-I for real / imaginary part?

Title says it all. What's more common? Is there one to prefere (maybe due to some norm)? This: $\operatorname{\mathfrak{R}} z, \operatorname{\mathfrak{I}} z$ or that: $\operatorname{Re}z, ...
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Complex Numbers vs. Matrix

I have a line starting at the origin, and i extend it to a point $(a,b)$ in the plane. This thing can be called a vector and be represented as $(a,b), [a\text{ }b]^T$ (column vector) or by ...
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Are points on the complex plane sufficient to solve every solvable equation composed of the hyperoperators, their inverses, and complex numbers?

Some background: I'm programming a maths environment. I'm computer science, so please excuse any probable ignorance and lack of precision in my question. It seems $i$ and complex numbers were ...
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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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Primality using $\Gamma(x)$

Wilson's theorem states $n \in \mathbb N$ is prime iff$(n-1)! \equiv -1\pmod n$. $\Gamma$-function extends the usual factorial to complex numbers. What are the complex numbers such that $\Gamma(z)+1 ...
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Why does the Mandelbrot shape show up in other fractals?

In the pictures below, the Collatz map fractal includes parts resembling the Mandelbrot set. Why? Do other fractals do so? The Mandelbrot set From Wikimedia Commons Part of the Collatz map fractal ...
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What are applications of Lagrange's identity?

I recently proved for homework the following identity on $\mathbb{C}$: if $a_1, \ldots , a_n, b_1, \ldots, b_n\in\mathbb{C}$, then $$ \left|\sum_{i=1}^na_ib_i\right|^2 = ...
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Another hard conformal mapping problem

I am trying to construct a conformal map from the region $R$ which is the set of points in the complex plane bounded by the segment connecting $i$ and $1$ and the part of the unit circle in the first ...
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How can I integrate this zeta function expression?

Can you integrate this function: $$f(k)=\exp\left(-\Re\left(\sum\limits_{n=1}^{n=scale} \frac{1}{n} \zeta(1/2+i \cdot k)\sum\limits_{d|n} \frac{\mu(d)}{d^{(1/2+i \cdot k-1)}}\right)\right)$$ with ...
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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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Can you prove that the $13$ first zeros of $(r\zeta(r+\Im i))^2$ have real part $r=\frac{1}{2}$, assuming LeClaire's approximation?

Can you prove using double series reversion that the $13$ first zeros of $(r\zeta(r+\Im i))^2$ have real part $r=\frac{1}{2}$ (as their convergent), with initial guess for the real part $r$ to be ...
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If the product of two analytic functions is zero, then one must be identically zero.

I want to prove this statement: Let $f,g$ be analytic on $D(0,2)$. If $f(z)g(z) = 0$ when $z = 1/n$ for $n \in \mathbb{N}$, then either $f \equiv 0$ or $g \equiv 0$ in $D(0,2)$. My attempt: ...
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Subgroups of $P=\{z\in\mathbb{C} : z^{2n}=1 \;\mbox{for some}\; n\geq 0\}$

Investigate the subgroups of $P$ where $$P=\{z\in\mathbb{C} : z^{2n}=1 \;\mbox{for some}\; n\geq 0\}.$$ In particular, investigate the finitely generated subgroups and the infinite subgroups. ...
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Prove (*) by induction on k.

Challenge: For linear systems with constant coefficients, in some sense we "never need more" than the so-called exponential polynomials, meaning expressions in the form $$\sum_{i=1}^m ...
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Illustrations of a line and a curve intersecting for complex field

Are there nice illustrations on the Net of say $y=a·x+b$ and $y=x^2$ intersecting where x and y are complex? I'm thinking of the amplitude of y being depicted as height above the complex plane with ...
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On the distribution of unimodular matrices generated by the Hermite normal form

A problem I'm currently considering requires me to generate (pseudo-)random Gaussian integer matrices with Gaussian integer matrix inverses. By analogy with an algorithm I know for generating random ...
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A hard Conformal Mapping problem

I am trying to construct a conformal map from $R = \{z \in \mathbb{C} : -1 < Re(z) < 1$ and $Im{(z)} > 0\} \cap \{z \in \mathbb{C} : |z| > 1\}$ to the unit disk $\mathbb{D}$. I am really ...
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Factorial of Complex Values

Since the gamma function is an analytic continuation of the factorial function, we can find the factorial of complex values. How does one go about doing so? I've looked far and wide on the internet ...
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How the total order property of $\mathbb{R}$ is related to not being algebraicaly closed?

The field of real numbers $\mathbb{R}$ is total-ordered and not algebraicaly closed, the field of complex numbers $\mathbb{C}$ is not ordered but is algebraicaly closed. Intuitively how these two ...
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Imaginary number in relativistic speeds

I am layman in field of mathematics but when I was reading about theory of special relativity I have come across speed limit of light and the book said that no one can cross that limit because ...
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Cyclic sum inequality involving five numbers with modulus one and zero sum

When working on this MSE question, I was led to conjecture the following : If $z_1,z_2,z_3,z_4,z_5$ are five complex numbers with modulus $1$, such that $z_1+z_2+z_3+z_4+z_5=0$, then $$ ...
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Complex integral and parametrization of a circle

I am trying to compute the following integral of $$\int \frac{1}{z^3+3} dz$$ over a circle of radius $2$, centerd at $(2,0)$. Thus I am trying to compute the residue and have found that the function ...
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Extension to complex numbers

Is there an extension to the complex numbers in which $zz^* = i$ has a solution? (The star denotes conjugation.) EDIT: I'm mathematically ignorant, but I'm guessing such an extension can't be a ...
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Algebraic Variety compact cohomology and singular cohomology.

Given an algebraic variety $X$ defined over the complex numbers and its compact cohomology $H^i_c(X)$, under what conditions it is possible to compute its singular cohomology $H^i(X)$.
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Real-valued Irreducible Representations of Lie Groups

I'm interested in the real-valued irreducible representations of a number of Lie groups. For concreteness I'll use the group $M(2)$ of Euclidean motions, which can be parameterized as follows: $$ g(t, ...
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Find a holomorphic function that satisfies this equation

Let $f:\mathbb{C}\times\mathbb{C}\rightarrow\mathbb{C}$ denote a function that satisfies the following equation: $$f(w,z+1)=w^{f(w,z)}$$ Is there a unique holomorphic function $f$ that satisfies this ...
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What properties do we lose when moving from the rational numbers to the real numbers?

When we pass from the real numbers to the complex numbers, we lose total ordering. But what do we lose when we move from the rational numbers to the real numbers?
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Accurate computation of arcsec near branch points

The direct numerical implementations of the usual definitions of the complex $\mathrm{arcsec}(z)=\arccos(1/z)$ and similar for $\mathrm{arccsc}(z), \mathrm{arcsech}(z), $ etc are not accurate near ...
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Give an appropriate region on which the function is analytic.

$F(z)=\log(z^4+4i)$ Here is what I did, Let $z=re^{i\theta} \Rightarrow z^4 =r^4e^{i4\theta}=-4i \Rightarrow r^4=4, \theta=\frac{\frac{-\pi}{2}+2\pi k}{4}$ for $k=0,1,2,3$. Now $F$ is analytic on ...
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Find all solutions for a complex equation: $(1+i)z^2 - (6+i)z + 9+7i=0$

There is this math assignment that we've been given to find all the answers for some diffrent math problems. The problem is: $(1+i)z^2 - (6+i)z + 9+7i=0$, find all the solutions and answer in ...
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Complex root notation

Is there a standardized way to distinguish between real and complex roots? In other words, is there a convention about how to I formally write that I expect $\sqrt[3]1$ to be solved in $\mathbb C$, ...
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Complex numbers question (finding the Im)

So I've been wrestling with this for about an hour and am still not sure how to solve it. The task is to find the Im part of the complex number (it has to be as short as possible, or else it'd be ...
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Evaluating integral with branch of log

I'm having trouble understanding what this question even means really. "Let $\gamma$ be the semi-circle from $2i$ to $-2i$ that passes through $2$ in the positive direction. Find $\int_\gamma ...
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Taking the non-relativistic limit of a Lagrangian

This question has to do with question 1 on this sheet. I'm trying to self-learn QFT, please be patient with me! I have problem to get the exact form of the Lagrangian in the non-relativistic limit as ...
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Swap real and imaginary part of a complex number

Say I have some complex number $z=a+ib$ with $a,b\in \mathbb{R}$. Now I want to "swap" its real and imaginary parts, i.e. I want to get $\tilde{z}=b+ia$. While I figure that the appropriate mapping ...
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Number of solutions for $x$ of such form that $\frac{(x-1)^y}{x} = z,\;y>2,\;z \neq 0$

Consider $$\frac{(x-1)^y}{x} = z,\;y>2,\;z \neq 0$$ where $y$ is an integer. In relation to solutions for $x$; How could one prove that: $(1)$: There are $y$ solutions for $x$, in total. ...
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Set of all odd complex polynomials - complex vector space

Is the set of all odd complex polynomials a complex vector space? I'm given the following definition of a vector space: A vector space $V$ over the field $\mathbb F$ is a set $V$ of vectors, a field ...
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First time dealing with limits with complex numbers in it.

I am solving the following problem. Investigate the behavior (convergence of divergence) of $\Sigma a_n$ if $$a_n = \frac{1}{1+z^n}, \quad \text{ for } z \in \Bbb C.$$ First of all, I am ...
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Overdetermined system - showing that there are no roots that satisfy the set of equations

We consider an overdetermined set of equations, consisting of two equations for one complex variable $x$. I want to show that there are no roots for $x$ in the complex unit disc but without the ...
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Is there a finite number of solutions to $\mathrm{Re}(a^n)+\mathrm{Im}(a^n)=b^n$, where $a$ is a Gaussian integer and $b \in \Bbb Z$?

Let $$E_n=\{(x,y,b) \in \mathbb{Z}^*\times \mathbb{Z}^*\times \mathbb{Z}^* ~|~ \gcd(x,y,b)=1 ~ \mathrm{and}~\mathrm{Re}((x+iy)^n)+\mathrm{Im}((x+iy)^n)=b^n \}$$ For $n \geq 3$, is $E_n$ finite or not ...
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Probability distribution of the product of two independent complex gaussian random variables

I have to calculate the pdf of $Z = X*Y$, where $X \in \mathcal{C}(\mu_x,\Sigma_x)$ and $Y \in \mathcal{C}(\mu_y,\Sigma_y)$, where $\mathcal{C}$ is a complex distribution. It can be assumed that ...
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convergence of a sum with zeroes of zeta function

Can it be proved that the sum of this series is smaller than $x$? $$ \sum_{\zeta(a+ib)=0}u_{a,b}(x)\lt x, $$ for all $x$, with $$ ...
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Definition of a complex prime

If there would be such a thing as a complex prime number, how would it be defined? A normal prime is defined as a number only dividable by one or itself.. would that be "1+1i" with complex numbers? ...
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Physical meaning of Fourier transform of complex signal?

I understand what is meaning of Fourier transform over function that returns only real values — it can be thought of function taking time and returning real ...
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Hyperbolic Universal Covering Space

I have been working with Ricci flow in the euclidean and hyperbolic space but have been having considerable trouble determining how to generate a universal covering space for complex hyperbolic ...
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Evaluating the limit $y \to 0^+$

Given $t \in \mathbb{R}$ and $z = x + iy$ and $y>0$. $\lim_{y\to0^+} \frac{1}{t - z} = \frac{1}{t-x} + \pi i \delta(t-x)$ This limit is given in the book Integral Transforms and Their ...
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Do I understand complex differentiability correctly?

I don't use complex analysis much in my "day job", but I'm perusing the materials for personal interest. I just wanted to check with the community about my understanding of complex analytic ...