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difficulty of accepting $i^2 = -1$ for first timers [duplicate]

While teaching complex numbers for those who are encounter for the first time (usually 10th grader and 11th grader), I get the question like "Can even squared number give negative results? How ...
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Why is $i^2$ equal to $-1$? [duplicate]

In this KhanAcademy link at 2:25, Sal (the narrator) says that $i^2$ is negative 1 and he didn't explain why. Why is this so? What is the intuition behind it?
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Imaginary Numbers

I imagine there have been many questions about imaginary numbers, so if I am asking a question already answered my apologies. I understand that it is perfectly correct to create new number systems ...
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Refining my knowledge of the imaginary number

So I am about halfway through complex analysis (using Churchill amd Brown's book) right now. I began thinking some more about the nature and behavior of $i$ and ran into some confusion. I have seen ...
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Why does the imaginary number $i$ satisfy $i\times 0=0$?

Why does the imaginary number $i$ satisfy $i\times 0=0$? I mean, we don't really know what $i$ is. How could we be sure about that? I think there's a reason behind why mathematicians decided that.
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Is complex analysis more “real” than real analysis?

In physics, in the past, complex numbers were used only to remember or simplify formulas and computations. But after the birth of quantum physics, they found that a thing as real as "matter" itself ...
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Isomorphism of $\mathbb{Z}/n \mathbb{Z}$ and $\mathbb{Z}_n$

Let $n\in \mathbb{Z}^+$. How do I prove that $\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}_n$? Is there any good homomorphism $\phi$ I could use that graphs $\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ to $\...
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What are complex numbers, actually? [duplicate]

What are complex numbers, actually? You can prove $1=-1$ and a complex cosine function can have value greater than $1$ and so on, there are many unexpected results when we use complex numbers. So, ...
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Regarding uses of $i$ (square root of $-1$) [duplicate]

Are there any uses of 'square root of $-1$' in practical life ; like in Physics ?
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Why is there never a proof that extending the reals to the complex numbers will not cause contradictions?

The number $i$ is essentially defined for a property we would like to have - to then lead to taking square roots of negative reals, to solve any polynomial, etc. But there is never a proof this cannot ...
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What exactly is the complex plane, and how is it useful?

A lot of functions are defined on the complex plane, like the Gamma function: the Lambert W function, etc. But I have no idea about what the complex plane means and how it's useful, or just how ...
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Understanding the quotient ring $\mathbb{R}[x]/(x^3)$.

I am having difficulty in understanding exactly the elements of the set $\mathbb{R}[x]/(x^3)$. I'll explain my thought process. The Quotient Ring is the set of additive cosets, so we have that $$\...
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How can I introduce complex numbers to precalculus students?

I teach a precalculus course almost every semester, and over these semesters I've found various things that work quite well. For example, when talking about polynomials and rational functions, in ...
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The notion of complex numbers

How does one know the notion of real numbers is compatible with the axioms defined for complex numbers, ie how does one know that by defining an operator '$i$' with the property that $i^2=-1$, we will ...
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What is a formal polynomial?

I'm starting to study Field Theory by myself, the books don't say explicitly what a polynomial is, I mean, what the $x$ of $f(x)$ in $F[x]$ is? $x\in F$? When I take $f(\alpha)$ am I taking the ...

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