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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What's so special about primes $x^2+27y^2 = 31,43, 109, 157,\dots$ for cubics?

While trying to find a closed-form solution for particular cubics as sums of cosines (related to this question), I came across this family with all roots real, $$F(x) = x^3+x^2-mx+N = ...
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Describe the solutions of the equation in terms of roots of unity?

I want to find the solutions of the equation $$\left[z- \left( 4+\frac{1}{2}i\right)\right]^k = 1 $$ in terms of roots of unity. When I try to solve this, I get \begin{align*}z - 4 - \dfrac i2 ...
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A little more on $\sqrt[3]{\cos\bigl(\tfrac{2\pi}7\bigr)}+\sqrt[3]{\cos\bigl(\tfrac{4\pi}7\bigr)}+\sqrt[3]{\cos\bigl(\tfrac{8\pi}7\bigr)}$

Using a special case of an identity by Ramanujan, we find that given the roots $x_i$ of $$x^3 + x^2 - (3 n^2 + n)x + n^3=0\tag1$$ which, since its discriminant is negative, always has three real ...
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Cyclotomic polynomial,

Show that $\displaystyle X^n-1=\prod_{d\mid n}\Phi_d(X)$. We have that $$\Phi_n(X)=\prod_{\underset{\gcd(i,n)=1}{1\leq i\leq n}}(X-\zeta_n^i)$$ where $\zeta_n=e^{\frac{2i\pi}{n}}$ therefore, we ...
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Given three vectors involving trigonometric functions, how many $\theta$ satisfy a particular box product relation?

If $$\vec a =(1+\sin \theta )\hat i+\cos \theta \hat{ j}+\sin2\theta\hat k\\ \vec b =(\sin( \theta +2\pi/3))\hat i+\cos ( \theta +2\pi/3) \hat{ j}+\sin( 2\theta +4\pi/3)\hat k\\ \vec c =(\sin ( \theta ...
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Radical expression for roots of unity

Can somebody point out a reference to the nested radical formula of the complex roots of unity when $n = 2^N$, i.e. in solving $x^n=1$ ?
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Determine whether ${\dfrac{2+i}{2-i}}$ is a root of unity

I need to determine whether ${\dfrac{2+i}{2-i}}$ is a root of unity. At first, I expressed this number as ${\dfrac{3}{5}+\dfrac{4}{5}i}$. Then I tried to use a formula for $\sin{nx}$, where x = ...
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Find all the roots of this complex equation

Let $C$ be the set of complex numbers and $j$ the imaginary unit. Find all the roots(in $z$ $\in$ $C$) of the following equation: $$ 2z^7 + 6z^4 = z^3e^{-j{\frac π7}} + 3e^{-j{\frac π7}} $$ ...
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$\sum_{\zeta^p=1}(\zeta-1)^n$

Given $n\geq0$ let $$ z_n=\sum_{\zeta^p=1}(\zeta-1)^n $$ where $p$ is an odd prime number (summation extended to all $p$-th roots of 1). It is clear that: $z_n\in\Bbb Z$ (it's a Galois invariant sum ...
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Automorphism(Galois groups) and galois theory

I've been stuck on two last parts for two different questions, can someone please help me with these. The first question is: Let $\sigma\in Aut(L/\mathbb{Q})$, where $L$ is some subfield of ...
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Finding the Extension Degree of a Cyclotomic Field

Greetings Mathematics Community. I am having much difficulty in solving the following problem: If $m\equiv 2$ (mod 4), show that $\mathbb{Q(\zeta_m)}=\mathbb{Q(\zeta_{\frac{m}{2}})}$ where $\zeta$ ...
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The sum of finite exponential series with a quadratic phase

How can I prove that: $$ \sqrt \frac K2 + i \sqrt \frac K2=\sum^K_{m=1}\exp\left(i\frac \pi Km^2\right) $$ When $K$ is even.
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Approximating a power of a root of unity to within $\delta$

I have an estimate of $\omega$, a root of unity. I'm really wondering how small the error (in the estimate), which I give as $\epsilon$, has to be, so that when I take my estimate of omega to the ...
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Nth root of Unity

Hi all I am in higher level mathematics and I am taking the IB. We started doing problems associated with nth root of unity. I understand how to find the roots of for example: $$Z^3 - 1 =0$$ and ...
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Norm of an element in cyclotomic extension (Exercises VI.19 Lang's Algebra)

Let $\zeta$ be a primitive $n^{\rm{th}}$ root of unity. Let $K=\mathbb{Q}(\zeta)$. If $n=p^r (r\geq 1)$ is a prime power, show that $N_{K/F}(1-\zeta)=p$ If $n$ is divisible by at least two distinct ...
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Show that complex numbers are vertices of equilateral triangle

1)Show if $|z_1|=|z_2|=|z_3|=1$ and $z_1+z_2+z_3=0$ then $z_1,z_2,z_3$ are vertices of equilateral triangle inscribed in a circle of radius. I thought I can take use from roots of unity here, since ...
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Are conditions equaivalent that they are roots of unity?

If I have conditions that $|z_1|=|z_2|=|z_3|=|z_4|=1$ and $z_1+z_2+z_3+z_4=0$ Is it suffice to state they are roots of unity ?
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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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Question on primitive roots of unity

Let $p$ be an odd prime and $\omega$ be a primitive $p$th root of unity. The question is to prove that: $$(1-\omega)(1-\omega^2) \cdots (1-\omega^{p-1})=p$$ What I have done so far is: I can see ...
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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? ...