Complex numbers basic concepts-Defining

A number in the form of a + ib, where a, b are real numbers and is called a complex

Number. A Complex Number can also be defined as an ordered pair of real numbers a and b any

may be written as (a, b), where the first number denotes the real part and the second number

denotes the imaginary part. If z = a + ib, then the real part of z is denoted by Re (z) and the

imaginary part by Im(z). A complex number is said to be purely real if Im(z)= 0, and is said to

be purely imaginary if Re(z) = 0. The complex number 0 = 0 + i0 is both purely real and imaginary.

Two complex numbers are said to be equal if and only if their real parts and imaginary parts are

separately equal i.e. a + ib = c + id implies a = c and b = d. However, there is no order relation

between complex numbers and the expressions of the type a + ib < (or > ) c + id are meaningless

Geometrical representation of complex numbers

A complex number z = x + iy, written as an ordered pair (x, y), can be represented by a point P whose Cartesian coordinates are (x, y) referred to axes OX and OY, usually called the real and the imaginary axes.

The plane of OX and OY is called the Argand diagram or the complex plane. Since the origin O lies on both OX and OY, the corresponding complex number z = 0 is both purely real and purely imaginary.

Modulus and Argument of a Complex Number

We define modulus of the complex number z = x + iy as

Trigonometric ( or polar ) from a Complex Number

Remark : Method of finding the principal value of the argument of a complex number z = x + iy.

Unimodular Complex Number

Algebraic Operations with Complex Number

Geometrical Meaning of Product and Division

Let z1 = x1 + i y1 and z2 = x2 + i y2 be two complex numbers represented by the points P1(x1, y1) and P2(x2, y2) respectively. By definition z1 + z2 should be represented by the point (x1 + x2 , y1 + y2 ). This point is the vertex which completes the parallelogram with the line segments joining the origin with OP1 and OP2 as the adjacent sides.

| z1 + z2 | = OP.

Construction for the point representing the product z1 z2

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Construction for the point representing the quotient z1/z2

Draw the triangle OQ1P directly similar to the triangle OQ2L

The P represents the quotient z1/z2 .

Square Root of a Complex Number

How we get the square root of complex number

Conjugate of a Complex Number

The conjugate of the complex number z = a + ib is defined to be a – ib and i denoted by . In other words is the mirror image of z in the real axis.

Properties of Conjugate, Modulus, Argument

Distance of a complex number z from origin is called the modulus of the complex number z and it is denoted by |z| .

Properties of Arguments

De-Moiver’s Theorem

Application of De Moiver’s Theorem

This is a fundamental theorem and has various applications. Here we will discuss few of these

which are important from the examination point of view

The nth Roots of Unity

Logarithm of Complex Number

CONCEPT OF ROTATION

Geometrical Application

Section Formula

Equation of a straight line

Equation of straight line with the help of coordinate geometry

Equation of Perpendicular Bisector

arg (z – z0) =p represents a line passing through z0 with slope (making angle p with the positive direction of x-axis).

Equation of a circle

Consider a fixed complex number z0 and let z be any complex number which moves in such a way

that it’s distance from z0 is always equals to ‘r’. This implies z would lie on a circle whose centre is

z0 and radius r. And its equation would | z – z0 | = r

Note :

(i) If we take ‘C’ to be mid–point of A2A1, it can be easily proved that CA.CB = (CA1)2 i.e. | z1 – z0 | | z2 – z0 | = r2, where the point C is denoted z0 and r is the radius of the circle.

(ii) If | z1 – z0 | = | z2 – z0 | hence P(z) would lie on the right bisector of the line A(z1)

and B(z2). Note that in this case z1 and z2 are the mirror images of each other with respect

to the right bisector.

Equation of tangent a given circle at a given point

Some important results

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