February 28, 2020
where a is any Real number and is known as the Real part of the Complex number, ,
and b is any Real number multiplied by and is known as the Imaginary part of the Complex number, .
If , then and , which is multiplied by
The set of all Complex Numbers is denoted by .
If in the Complex number , then the number reduces to an ordinary Real number
A number of the form is known as a pure Imaginary number
Equality of 2 Complex Numbers
Complex Numbers in the Complex Plane
Complex numbers are multi-part because of the inclusion of both the Real and Imaginary parts in the whole Complex Number.
As for being 2-Dimensional, we equate the ordered pair with a point in the 2-Dimensional Complex or Argand plane
The Argand Plane
The Complex plane is a plane similar to the -plane, with 2 axes and 4 quadrants. The is treated as an independent dimension and so is the , which has all of its members multiplied by .
In the Complex plane, the is the Real axis and the is the Imaginary axis.
A Real number is represented by a number on the and an Imaginary number is represented by a number on the .
A Complex Number is 2-Dimensional and is represented by a point in the plane.
is the Complex number represented by the point in the 1st Quadrant of the Argand plane
is the Complex number represented by the point in the 3rd Quadrant of the plane
Complex Numbers as Vectors
Multidimensionality gives us the ability to graphically represent a Complex number with a vector quantity and an associated directed angle that the vector makes as measured counterclockwise from the positive , with measured in radians and
The vector associated with each unique Complex number is a vector emanating from the origin and directed to the point in the plane.
is not only the point in the plane, it is also the vector emanating from the origin directed to the point .
We can see geometrically that along this vector, and the associated angle would be or , because a line coincident with the vector cuts the plane into 2 parts at a angle.
Argument of a Complex Number
The angle is called the argument of the Complex number and is denoted by .
We can find the value of the argument by taking the inverse tangent or arctangent of the angle , which is the angle that has a tangent value of
To check that the angle from the previous example is equivalent to , we need to find the angle whose tangent is equal to , because and and their ratio is also equal to
Range of the Argument
All angles will be measured in radians and we limit the range for the directed angle to so as to have a unique angle measure for each vector associated with a unique point, because the angle can have an infinite number of equivalent values past .
The argument is always a reference angle between and and if the angle is larger than we determine the reference angle by subtracting multiples of from the original angle.
If , we must subtract from it to find the argument
If , we know the point is located in the 4th Quadrant because and .
We must always be careful to keep track of minus signs and where exactly the point is located, so as not to confuse angles or quadrants.
An angle is an angle measured clockwise from the positive and it has an equivalent but opposite range from .
An angle measure that is negative, , is equivalent to an angle measure of .
Modulus of a Complex Number
We can resolve any vector into its respective and components and use the Pythagorean Theorem to find its length.
The length of a vector is the distance from the origin to the tip and is known as its magnitude. The magnitude of the vector associated with each Complex number is known as its modulus or absolute value and is found by taking the square root of the sum of the squares of its components
The modulus is always a non-negative Real number
with and and
Magnitude of a Complex Number's Opposite
The magnitude of a Complex number and its negative or opposite are equal in value because the square of a number and the square of its negative are always equal