I have this messy complex fraction, where the LHS is real. But how can I find the real part of the RHS?

$$ \frac{R277-X115+i(R115+X277)}{R+277+i(115+X)}=300, $$

where $R, X\in \mathbb R$.

  • $\begingroup$ Well, $\Re(300)=300$ $\endgroup$ – gammatester Nov 13 '18 at 10:39
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    $\begingroup$ Does $R277$ mean the same thing as $277R?$ In any event, can't you multiply numerator and denominator by the complex conjugate of the denominator? $\endgroup$ – saulspatz Nov 13 '18 at 10:43

I believe that R=resistance and X=impedance.


$R277−X115+i(R115+X277) = 300 (R+277+i(115+X))$

\begin{cases} R277−X115 = 300 (R+277) \\ R115+X277 = 300 (115+X) \\ \end{cases}

\begin{cases} R277−X115 = 300R+300*277 \\ R115+X277 = 300*115+300X \\ \end{cases}

\begin{cases} R277-300R-X115 = 300*277 \\ R115+X277-300X = 300*115 \\ \end{cases}

\begin{cases} -23R-115X = 300*277 = 83100 \\ 115R+577X = 300*115 = 34500 \\ \end{cases}

\begin{cases} R=-1128613 \\ X= 225000 \\ \end{cases}

But R is negative! Can anybody verify ?


I'm assuming that you flipped right and left (since the real part of $300$ is clearly $300$). In general, to put a complex fraction in standard $x+yi$ form, you can multiply both the numerator and denominator by the conjugate of the denominator (as saulspatz said in their comment) In symbols:

$$ \frac{a+bi}{c+di} ~~=~~ \frac{a+bi}{c+di} \cdot \frac{c-di}{c-di} ~~=~~ \frac{ac+bd + (bc-ad)i}{c^2+d^2}.$$

Therefore, the real part of this fraction is

$$ \frac{ac+bd}{c^2+d^2}. $$

In your case:

  • $a=R277-X115$
  • $b=R115+X277$
  • $c=R+277$
  • $d=X+115$

Plugging these into the formula above, we get


Cancelling terms in the numerator gives


This is still a mess, but it doesn't seem like you can do much better except to write out some of the numbers e.g. $115^2=13225$, and so on.

In the other answer, cgiovanardi assumed that your ultimate goal was to solve this equation, in which case their idea is a lot better. Rather than getting an explicit form for the real and imaginary part of the LHS as a fraction, you can multiply the denominator through to both sides first.

The resulting system is best solved by machine: here's the computation in WolframAlpha.


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