September 7th, 2017, 05:35 AM  #31  
Global Moderator Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 18,594 Thanks: 1492  Quote:
As this is a basic algebra problem that happens to involve complex numbers, it doesn't belong in the complex analysis section.  
September 7th, 2017, 05:50 AM  #32 
Math Team Joined: Dec 2013 From: Colombia Posts: 7,151 Thanks: 2387 Math Focus: Mainly analysis and algebra  He's not wrong. But for some reason you refuse to accept that your method that took several iterations and a heap of working isn't better. This despite the fact that your approach apparently still hasn't produced the right answer  although I haven't been checking on that. A similar this is/was going on in the recent limit thread. This is a common thread in your posts: an inability to accept when you are incorrect or to accept that ideas contrasting to your own might be better, or at least no worse. 
September 7th, 2017, 09:32 PM  #33 
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Review of skipjack's solution, post #4 1) $\displaystyle z^{2}+2(1+i)z+2=0$ The form suggests a step I wouldn't have taken assuming it just leads to quadratic formula: 2) $\displaystyle [z+(1+i)]^{2}=z^{2}+2(1+i)z+(1+i)^{2}$ Substituting $\displaystyle z^{2}+2(1+i)z=(z+1+i)^{2}(1+i)^{2}$ into 1) gives: $\displaystyle (z+1+i)^{2}=2(i1)$ Now comes the tricky part. Let 3) $\displaystyle a+bi=z+1+i$. and then 4) $\displaystyle (a+bi)^2=2(i1)$ and square a+bi rather than trying to find $\displaystyle [2(1i)]^{\frac{1}{2}}$ Solve for a and b by equating real and imaginary parts of 4). Then find z from 3). At this point the actual algebra is elementary and, in my opinion, a waste of time once you understand how you got here, but it gives for z: $\displaystyle z=1+\sqrt{\sqrt{2}1}+i\left ( 1+\sqrt{\sqrt{2}+1} \right )$ $\displaystyle z=1\sqrt{\sqrt{2}1}+i\left ( 1\sqrt{\sqrt{2}+1} \right )$ Comment: It's nice because it let's you solve for z without having to find $\displaystyle [2(1i)]^{\frac{1}{2}}$. The actual calculation is much simpler algebra than letting z=a+bi and substituting into OP. Unfortunately, I missed the "tricky" part and didn't understand this proof, and assumed it couldn't be right because you couldn't do it without taking square root of a complex number somewhere (assuming it didn't factor into a perfect square), but the same procedure works for the general complex quadratic. So it isn't just a matter of elementary algebra, aside from the trick As for the "simple" comments, no comment. 
September 8th, 2017, 11:12 AM  #34 
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If you get to a point where $\displaystyle (z+z_{1})^{^{2}}=z_{2}$, is there any advantage in letting $\displaystyle z+z_{1}=a+bi$ and writing $\displaystyle a^{2}b^{2}+2bi=z_{2}$ and solving for a and b, over simply writing $\displaystyle z=z_{1}+z_{2}^{\frac{1}{2}}$ which is already the answer in an accepted form? $\displaystyle z_{2}=re^{i \theta }, z_{2}^{\frac{1}{2}}=r^{\frac{1}{2}}e^{i \frac {(\theta+2k\pi)}{2}}, k=0,1 $ What if we had $\displaystyle (z+z_{1})^{3}=z_{2}$? Should you think, then $\displaystyle (a+bi)^{3}=a^{3}+a^{2}biab^{2}b^{3}i+2abi2b^{2}=Rez_{2}+Imz_{2}i$ and solve for a and b, as opposed to $\displaystyle z_{2}=re^{i\theta}, z_{2}^{\frac{1}{3}}$ $\displaystyle =r^{\frac{1}{3}}e^{i\frac{(\theta+2k\pi)}{3}}, k=0,1,2$ The point being, the "trick" is not a preferred solution to $\displaystyle z^{\frac{1}{2}}$ as implied in the thread, but it is an easier calculation than sustituting a+bi into OP, which turns out to be a very awkward calculation. In other words, the "trick" is not a solution at all to OP, it is just a clever algebraic shortcut seen in the course of the solution. 
September 8th, 2017, 11:18 AM  #35 
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Perhaps you should read the original question properly. Why are you so desperate to show that your idea is the only correct one? There are always multiple ways to reach a result. Yes, you can use $\sin\frac38\pi$ and $\cos\frac38\pi$ (or whatever) in your answer, but it's not very informative. Last edited by v8archie; September 8th, 2017 at 11:23 AM. 
September 8th, 2017, 11:36 AM  #36 
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September 8th, 2017, 12:05 PM  #37 
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For the posted problem, $\theta$ can be found quite easily, zylo, but you omitted to explain how in your post. You would later need to calculate $\cos(\theta/2)$ and $\sin(\theta/2)$, and you omitted to explain how to do that. These steps are required, as the problem specifies that the answer is to be given in the form a + bi. You could add these explanations, of course, but they considerably lengthen your method, so that it's no longer "simple".

September 11th, 2017, 06:22 AM  #38  
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1) $\displaystyle z^{2}+k_{1}z+k_{2}=0$ and $\displaystyle z,k_{1},k_{2}$ complex. "Completing the square" $\displaystyle (z+k_{1}/2)^{2}=z^{2}+k_{1}z+k_{1}^{2}/4$ Substitute $\displaystyle z^{2}+k_{1}z$ into 1). Then $\displaystyle (z+k_{1}/2)^{2}=k_{2}+k_{1}^{2}/4=c+di$ Let $\displaystyle a+bi=z+k_{1}/2$ $\displaystyle (a+bi)^{2}=c+di$ $\displaystyle a^{2}b^{2}=c$ $\displaystyle 2ab=d,d=b/(2a))$, Then $\displaystyle 4a^{4}4a^{2}cd^{2}=0$ $\displaystyle t^{2}ctd^{2}/4=0$ $\displaystyle t=[c\pm\sqrt{c^{2}+d^{2}}]/2$ which is always + or . Then $\displaystyle a=\pm\sqrt{t}, b=d/2a, z+k_{1}/2=a+bi$ give both roots. It's a viable procedure. Can't find it on Google or a text book. Is it in new texts, is it "out there," or did you just "see" it? skipjack, why not post the procedure in a new thread for general availability?  
September 11th, 2017, 08:06 AM  #39 
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You slipped up towards the end. The procedure can be found by use of Google. It's described in the textbook Maths: A Student's Survival Guide (subtitled A SelfHelp Workbook for Science and Engineering Students) by Jenny Olive (ISBN: 9780521017077) and it's also described here. 
September 11th, 2017, 10:17 AM  #40 
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So why is the general solution for a cubic equation with real coefficients valid when the coefficients are complex? Without duplicating real solution step by step? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubic_function (Same principle works for OP) EDIT Or a quartic. Last edited by zylo; September 11th, 2017 at 10:20 AM. 

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