1. ## Factorisation

This isn't urgent, but I'd like explanations + working out so I can understand the question. THanks!

Factorise:

2z^2 + 2(z-2)z +3/2 - 6i

2. Originally Posted by phgao
This isn't urgent, but I'd like explanations + working out so I can understand the question. THanks!

Factorise:

2z^2 + 2(z-2)z +3/2 - 6i
This is a complex quadratic, so you can proceed by completing the square,
or using the quadratic formula to find its roots $a$ and $b$ then the
factorisation is:

$(z-a)(z-b)$.

So lets simplify the equation a bit:

$2z^2 + 2(z-2)z +3/2 - 6\bold{i}=4z^2-4z+(3/2 - 6\bold{i})$

The only problem will be finding the square root of the discriminant.
In this case the discriminant is:

$16(6 \bold{i}-1/2)=8(12\bold{i}-1)$

We need the square root of this. We proceed by converting the discriminant
to polar form, then finding the square root by square-rooting the modulus and
halving the argument. Or as MathWorld would put it:

$\sqrt{x+iy}=$ $\pm(x^2+y^2)^{1/4}(\cos(1/2\ \mbox{atan} (y/x))+\bold{i} \sin(1/2\ \mbox{atan} (y/x)))$,

Which should allow you to complete the factorisation.

RonL