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 December 25th, 2017, 08:10 AM #1 Senior Member   Joined: Oct 2015 From: Greece Posts: 137 Thanks: 8 Complex Numbers Calculation Help!!! Can you tell me what I did wrong? I really can't find the mistake! Here is my problem Also if you can't see it Ohms * Amperts = Volts The result should be: 144,3kv * angle(4,93) Last edited by skipjack; December 26th, 2017 at 12:34 PM.
 December 25th, 2017, 11:04 AM #2 Senior Member     Joined: Jul 2012 From: DFW Area Posts: 642 Thanks: 99 Math Focus: Electrical Engineering Applications Hi babaliaris, I think that your calculation for $\large \tan^{-1} \left (\frac{20}{6} \right )$ is incorrect. Using the value that I calculated, I arrived at the given answer.
December 25th, 2017, 11:52 AM   #3
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 Originally Posted by jks Hi babaliaris, I think that your calculation for $\large \tan^{-1} \left (\frac{20}{6} \right )$ is incorrect. Using the value that I calculated, I arrived at the given answer.
Thank you very much!!! The problem was with my new scientific calculator; I wasn't using it correctly.

At least now I know that my logic is correct.

One more question. Can I do this calculation faster?
Our Professor said to us "When you want to add two Complex Numbers, you use the Cartesian form and when you want to multiply you use the polar form."

So every time when I do a calculation I need to convert the numbers from Cartesian form to polar and the opposite depending on what I'm doing.

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December 25th, 2017, 12:42 PM   #4
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 One more question. Can I do this calculation faster? Our Professor said to us "When you want to add two Complex Numbers, you use the cartesian form and when you want to multiply you use the polar form."
Maybe someone has a better way, but I just do it as your Professor says.

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December 25th, 2017, 01:03 PM   #5
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 Originally Posted by jks Maybe someone has a better way, but I just do it as your Professor says.
Yeah, probably this is the only way, but anyway thank you for your help!!!

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December 26th, 2017, 12:28 PM   #6
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 Originally Posted by babaliaris Thank you very much!!! The problem was with my new scientific calculator; I wasn't using it correctly. At least now I know that my logic is correct. One more question. Can I do this calculation faster? Our Professor said to us "When you want to add two Complex Numbers, you use the Cartesian form and when you want to multiply you use the polar form." So every time when I do a calculation I need to convert the numbers from Cartesian form to polar and the opposite depending on what I'm doing.
You can use the Cartesian form for all arithmetic operations. Unless you are multiplying many numbers together, it is just as fast as polar. On the other hand, polar is very hard (if not impossible) for addition.

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