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October 26th, 2017, 05:07 AM   #1
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Can I "define" -3 as minus one x 3 like 3i as 3 x root of (-1)?
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Can I "define" -3 as minus one x 3 like 3i as 3 x root of (-1)?
$\displaystyle -3 = (-1)3 = \frac{3}{-1}$

All of these are valid.

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Can I "define" -3 as minus one x 3 like 3i as 3 x root of (-1)?
If I understand your question, then the answer is no.

$-\ 3 = 3(- 1) \ne 3i.$

The reason is that:

$i = -\ 1 \implies i^2 = 1 \text {, but } i^2= -\ 1 \ne 1 \text { by the definition of } i.$
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Can I "define" -3 as minus one x 3 . . .
How are you defining "minus one"?
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I think the OP was asking if we could write a number as a + (-1)b, similar to the concept a + ib.

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I think the OP was asking if we could write a number as a + (-1)b, similar to the concept a + ib.

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But a + ib includes negative a and negative b
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But a + ib includes negative a and negative b
I agree, but you can put any (real) expression into an a + (-1)b format. I'm not arguing the OP's reasoning for doing it, just what I think the OPs question is referring to.

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