numbers $z$ such that $z^n=1$ for some natural number $n$; here usually $z$ is in $\mathbb C$ or some other field

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Eigenvalues and roots of unity

Let $A \in \mathcal{M}_{n}(\mathbb{C})$ such that $A^{n} = \mathrm{I}_{n}$ and the family $(\mathrm{I}_{n},\ldots,A^{n-1})$ is linearly independent. I would like to prove that $\mathrm{Tr}(A) = 0$. ...
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How can I find fifth root of unity?

I have no idea to do this question, how can I find the fifth root of unity? Question : Find all the distinct fifth root of unity. Let $\alpha$ be a fifth root of unity such that $\alpha \ne 1$. ...
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summation and product of sin and cos

I wonder how to find summation for $\displaystyle \sum_{k=0}^{n-1}(\cos{\frac{2\pi k}{n}+i \sin\frac{2\pi k}{n}})$ and the same for product $\displaystyle \prod_{k=0}^{n-1}(cos{\frac{2\pi k}{n}+i ...
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Product of roots of unity

Does somebody have a nice proof of the following? $$\prod_{m=1}^{n-1} \frac{e^{2\pi i k m/n} - 1}{e^{2 \pi i m / n} - 1} = \begin{cases} 1 & \text{ if $\gcd(k, n) = 1$} \\ 0 & ...
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What is the value of $\sum_{m=1}^{19} \frac{1}{\zeta^{3m}+\zeta^{2m}+\zeta^{m}+1}$ with $\zeta=e^{2\pi i/19}$?

Given that $\zeta=e^{2\pi i/19}$, how to find the value of $$S=\sum_{m=1}^{19} \dfrac{1}{\zeta^{3m}+\zeta^{2m}+\zeta^{m}+1}$$? All I could think of was to somehow factorize the denominator and apply ...
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Question Primitive Roots of Unity

I am learning about primitive $n$-th roots of unity. I came across this statements while reading and was wondering why these were true: If $z$ is a primitive $n$-th root of unity and $n$ is even, ...
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How to solve $z^6+i=0$

I'm trying to solve $z^6+i=0$. I would have say that it's equivalent to $$z^6=-i\iff |z|^6e^{i6\arg(z)}=e^{i\frac{3\pi}{2}}\iff|z|^6=e^{i\left(\frac{3\pi}{2}-6\arg(z)\right)}$$ But I'm not able to ...
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$p$-adic $n$-th root of unity and $\exp(2\pi i /n)$

Let $n\geq 3$, and let $p$ be a prime number $\equiv 1 $ mod $n$. In complex numbers, we can write a primitive $n$-th root of unity as $\exp(2\pi i/n)$. Also, by Hensel's lemma, we see that $n$-th ...
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When is a sum of consecutive roots of unity an integer

Let $\xi \neq 1$ be an $n$th root of unity. When is a sum of the form $$ 1+\xi+\xi^2+\ldots+\xi^r, \quad 1 \leq r \leq n-1, $$ an integer? What are the possible integers? I suspect that the answers ...
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$z^{10}+\frac{1}{z^{10}}=?$

$z$ is a complex number and $z^2+z+1=0$. $$z^{10}+\frac{1}{z^{10}}=?$$ For the solution: the roots of $z^2+z+1$ are: $z_1=-\frac12+\frac{\sqrt3}{2}i$ and $z_2=-\frac12-\frac{\sqrt3}{2}i$ ...
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Sum of roots of unity an algebraic integer proof

Let S be the sum of a finite number of nth roots of unity (where n is fixed, and the sum is non-zero). How do I go about showing that S is an algebraic integer in the cyclotomic field of order n ?
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Irrational roots of unity?

Is it possible to take irrational roots of unity? For example, say I wanted to solve $f(x)=(x+1)^{\sqrt{2}}=1$. I found that one solution is the obvious $x=0$, and another one can be written nicely as ...
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For which values of $n$, the real part of the $n$-th root of unity is a quadratic irrational?

For which values of $n$, the real part of the $n$-th root of unity is a quadratic irrational? That is, when is it a root of a quadratic polynomial with integer coefficients? I believe that the answer ...
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Complex Number Geometry

Problem: There exist two complex numbers $c$, say $c_1$ and $c_2$, so that $2+2i$, $5+i$, and $c$ form the vertices of an equilateral triangle. Find the product $c_1c_2$. I've been struggling with ...
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The $n^{th}$ root of $1$

How do I prove that the $n^{th}$ root of $1$ forms the vertices of a unit $n$-gon in the complex plane? For example when I graph the $3$ solutions of $\sqrt[3]{1}$ they form the vertices of a unit ...
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Understanding proof for $\sum_{k=1}^{n-1}{\sin{\frac{2\pi k}{n}}} = 0$

(English is not my native language, so I apologize if I fail to use the right technical terms) I am stuck in proving the following. I'll explain how far I got and maybe someone can help me out by ...
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Counting the roots of a polynomial over a finite field

Let $\mathbb{F}_{11}$ be the field of 11 elements and let $\mathcal{K}$ be the splitting field of $x^{3} - 1$ over $\mathbb{F}_{11}$. How many roots does $(x^{2} - 3)(x^{3} - 3)$ have in ...
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Quadratic number fields containing primitive roots of unity

A problem from Michael Artin's Algebra (Second Edition) from Fields: Determine the quadratic number fields $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{d}]$ that contain a primitive $n$th root of unity, for some integer $n$. ...
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Discriminant of $x^n-1$

Question is to find discriminant of polynomial $x^n-1$ I consider $f(x)=x^n-1=(x-a_1)(x-a_2)(x-a_3)\cdots(x-a_n)$ Now, ...
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Textbook says roots of unity is equal to 1

The elements of the set $U_n = \{z \in \mathbb{C} : Z^n =1 \}$ are called the $n^{\text{th}}$ roots of unity. Using the technique of Examples 1.6 and 1.7, we see that the elements of this set are ...
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How to show that $w$ is a $N$th primitive root of unity?

I am studying the discrete Fourier transform. For sequence $x_{0}, \dots, x_{N-1}$ it is defined as $$X_{k} = \sum_{n=0}^{N-1} x_{n}e^{-2\pi ikn/N} \quad 0 \leq k \leq N-1$$ according to Wikipedia. ...
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Singularities at roots of unity

I want to construct a function $f$ with the following properties: $f$ has a singularity at $z=1$, and for any $\zeta = e^{2\pi i\frac{a}{b}}$ with $(a,b)=1$, then $$\lim\limits_{x\to1^-}\frac{f(\zeta ...
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What is the condition for roots of conjugate reciprocal polynomials to be on the unit circle?

Given an Nth order complex polynomial $P(z) = \sum\limits_{n=0}^N a_nz^n$ such that $a_n = a^*_{N-n}$ i.e. conjugate reciprocal, Lakatos and Losonczi mention that a necessary and sufficient condition ...
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Number of elements in sets of roots of unity

Problem: The sets $ A =\{z : z^{18}= 1\} $ and $ B =\{w : w^{48}= 1\} $ are both sets of complex roots of unity. The set $ C =\{zw : z\in A\ \text{and}\ w\in B\} $ is also a set of complex roots of ...
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Equation with binomial coefficients

Problem: Find the roots of $6z^5+15z^4+20z^3+15z^2+6z+1 = 0$. What I found: I realized that the coefficients were the binomial coefficients of $6$. Putting these values in, you would get ...
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Geometrical construction of 7th roots of unity given parabola x^2

Given parabola $x^2$ on plane, how can I construct 7th roots of unity? I was straying with my only idea, that sum of squares of real and imaginary part of roots of 1 equals 1 and belongs to ...
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Proof Check: automorphism sends primitive root to primitive root

I was just wondering if this is a valid proof. I am assuming knowledge that if $\phi$ is an automorphism of a numeric field the $\phi$ fixes $\mathbb{Q}$. Also, if $\phi \in$ ...
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Question about kth root of a reduced ring element.

Let $n > 1$ be a positive integer. Let $k > 1$ be a positive integer. Define the reduced polynomial rings $f_n = \Bbb R[X_n]/(1+(X_n)^{n})$ How do we know if $(X_n)^{1/k}$ is an element of ...
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The existence of primitive algebraic units modulo 3

Consider the problem of computing $$\sqrt{2} \mod 3 $$ Whereas we seek a number $n$ such that $n^2 \equiv 2 \mod 3$ and furthermore it is known that both $n$ and $2n$ will satisfy this property, ...
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Constructibility of sum of $n$-th roots of unity

For $S \subset \{z \in \mathbb{C}: z^{11}=1\}$ we define $z_s= \sum_{s \in S}s$. Let $\zeta \in \mathbb{C}$ be a primitive $11$th root of unity. Is $z_s \in \mathcal{C}(0,1)$, for ...
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Root of unity: Is it true that $w_N = w_N^{(N-1)(N-1)}$ and why?

Is it true that for the $N$th root of unity $w_N = w_N^{(N-1)(N-1)}$ and why?
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Probability a polynomial has a root which is a root of unity

Consider a degree $n$ polynomial $P(x)$ with coefficients $c_i \in \{-1,0,1\}$ chosen uniformly and independently. What is the probability that $P(x)$ has a root which is a root of unity? ...
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$\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[3]{2}, \zeta_{9})$ Galois group

How do I calculate the degree of $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[3]{2}, \zeta_{9})$ over $\mathbb{Q}$. Should it be 18, as $[\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt[3]{2}):\mathbb{Q}] = 3$, and $[\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_{9}):\mathbb{Q}] = 6$? ...
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Why are two statements about a polynomial equivalent?

I am reading a claim that the following two statements are equivalent. One of the roots of a polynomial $v(t)$ is a $2^j$-th root of unity, for some $j$. The polynomial $v(t)$ is divisible either by ...
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How to quickly find a root of unity in a ring?

Lets say we're in a field where multiplication and addition are modded against some prime number P (so it's defined for {0,....,P-1} Lets fix a number N < P, such that a root of unity can be ...
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Finite Trigonometric Sum

I have a dynamical system model whose equilibria depend on the solution of the following finite sum: \begin{align} \sum_{j\neq ...
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Minimal polynomials and degree of field extension

I have a cyclotomic field $\mathbb{Q}(\zeta_3)$, and want to know how I can find a minimal polynomial of $\zeta_{10}$, and $\zeta_{12}$. I have determined that both the polynomials should be of ...
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Why is the reciprocal of an $n$-th root of unity its complex conjugate?

As stated in the Wikipedia article on roots of unity, the reciprocal of an $n$-th root of unity is its complex conjugate. They provide the following proof of this statement: Let $z\in\mathbb{C}$ be a ...
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sum of powers of principal tenth root of unity

Set $w=\cos\frac{\pi}{5}+i\sin\frac{\pi}{5}$. I have to calculate: $$1 + \sum_1^9 w^n$$ I have calculated that the answer is 0. However, I am supposed to arrive at this conclusion without ...
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Automorphism that maps primitive roots of unity.

Let $ w_1,...,w_{ \phi(n)}$ be the primitive $n$th roots of unity of $ t^n -1 \in \mathbb Q[t]$. Show that for each $ 1 \le i \le \phi (n)$, there exists an $ \sigma\in Aut \mathbb Q(w_1)$ satisfies $ ...
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Product of Differences of nth Roots of Unity

I'm trying to show that $$\prod_{j=1}^{n-1}\left(1-e^{2\pi ij/n}\right)=n$$ but am finding it surprisingly difficult. I know by symmetry that $$\prod_{j=1}^{n-1}\left(1-e^{2\pi ...
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Splitting field of $f=X^p -a \in \mathbb{Q}[X]$.

Let $p$ be a prime number, and $a \in \mathbb{Q}$, a number such that there is no integer $k$ satisfying $p^k=a$. Write $f= X^p -a \in \mathbb{Q}[X]$. I have to prove the following statements: The ...
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Isomorphism betwixt a Galois Group and the set of $n$th roots of unity

Let $p \in \mathbb{P}$ and $n \in \mathbb{N}: p \nmid n$; the set of $n$th roots of unity be $W_n$; $\mathbb{F}$ be a field$: char(\mathbb{F}) \in \left\{ {0,p}\right\}, \mathbb{F} \supseteq W_n$ (set ...
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What does root of unity in $\mathbb{Z}_p$ look like?

Let $p$ be an odd prime. Then by Hensel's lemma it's clear that $\mathbb{Z}_p $ contains all $p-1$th root of unity which reduces to $1$, $2$, ... , $p-1$ in $\mathbb{F}_p$. My question is do we know ...
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About the rank of (sub) matrices whose entries are roots of unity

Let $\Omega$ be a matrix with entries $a_{jk}=\omega^{jk}$, where $0\leq j,k\leq n-1$, and $\omega=e^{-2\pi i/N}$, with $N\in \mathbb{N}$, so $\Omega$ looks like $$ \Omega=\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1 ...
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For which $m$ is this sum of roots of unity $0$?

A professor at my university gave me the following problem: For what real values of $m$ do we have $$L=\lim_{N\to\infty}\frac{1}{N}\sum_{k=1}^Ne^{2\pi ik^3m}=0$$ If $m$ is rational, expressed ...
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r a primitive root of unity show, (r-1)/((r^k) - 1) is an algebraic integer in Q(r)

I left out some hypotheses in the title to keep things short, so here is the full form: Let r be a primitive mth root of unity for m>1 and let k be a positive integer such that gcd(m,k)=1. Show (r-1) ...
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Galois Group of $x^n - a$

Homework problem: If the field F contains a primitive nth root of unity, prove that the Galois group of $x^n - a$, for $a \in F$, is abelian. I'm not really sure where to start here and I'm ...
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Proof with roots of unity

Let $m,n \in \mathbb N$ and $d=gcd(m,n).$ Prove that if w is both an m-th root of unity and an n-th root of unity, then w is a d-th root of unity. How would i begin about starting this type of proof? ...
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What primes can ramify and decompose in $k(\mu_{p^m}) \mid k$?

Let $k$ be a number field and $p$ be a rational prime. Then consider the extension $k(\mu_{p^m}) \mid k$ of adjoining all roots of unity of degree $p^m$ to $k$. Assuming that $\mu_{p^m} \cap k$ is ...