# Thread: Simplify i

1. ## Simplify i

$= (i^3)^7$
$=-i$

Also can someone help me fill in my i chart that my teacher started...

$i^1 = ?$
$i^2 = -1$
$i^3 = i^2 * i = -i$
$i^4 = i^2 * i^2 = 1$
$i^5 = i^4 * i = i$
$i^6 = i^3 * i^3= ?$
$i^7 = i^4 * i^3= ?$
$i^8 = i^4 * i^4= ?$
$i^9 = i^5 * i^4= ?$
$i^10 = i^5 * i^5= ?$
$i^11 = i^5 * i^6= ?$
$i^12 = i^5 * i^7= ?$
$i^13 = i^5 * i^8= ?$

2. Originally Posted by fluffy_penguin

$= (i^3)^7$
$=-i$
that's incorrect $i^{21} = i \cdot i^{20} = i \cdot \left( i^2 \right)^{10} = i$

see here, they have a nice list of rules, it will also help you check the answers for your chart

3. Also can someone help me fill in my i chart that my teacher started...

$i^1 = ?$
$i^2 = -1$
$i^3 = i^2 * i = -i$
$i^4 = i^2 * i^2 = 1$
$i^5 = i^4 * i = i$
$i^6 = i^3 * i^3= ?$
$i^7 = i^4 * i^3= ?$
$i^8 = i^4 * i^4= ?$
$i^9 = i^5 * i^4= ?$
$i^10 = i^5 * i^5= ?$
$i^11 = i^5 * i^6= ?$
$i^12 = i^5 * i^7= ?$
$i^13 = i^5 * i^8= ?$
just reuse the previous values.

for instance, $i^6 = i^3 \cdot i^3$

so look up in your chart for $i^3$, we see that $i^3 = -i$

thus, $i^6 = i^3 \cdot i^3 = -i \cdot -i = i^2 = -1$

continue the same way. and use the link i gave you to check your answers

4. Thanks.

5. Hello, fluffy_penguin!

Can someone help me fill in my chart that my teacher started...

$\begin{array}{ccccccc}i^1 & = & & & & &{\color{blue}i} \\i^2 & = & & & & & {\color{blue}\text{-}1} \\i^3 & =& \;\,i^2\cdot i \;&= & (\text{-}1)i &=& {\color{blue}\text{-}i} \\i^4 &=& \;\,i^3\cdot i \;& = & (\text{-}i)(i) &=& {\color{blue}1}\end{array}$
$\begin{array}{ccccccc}i^5 &=& i^4\cdot i &=& (1)(i)& = & {\color{red}i} \\i^6 &=& i^5\cdot i &=& (i)(i ) &=& {\color{red}\text{-}1} \\i^7 &=& (i^6)(i) &=&(\text{-}1)(i) &=& {\color{red}\text{-}i} \\i^8 &=& (i^7)(i) &=& (\text{-}i)(i) &=& {\color{red}1}\end{array}$
Don't you see the pattern?

The successive powers are: . $i,\;-1,\;-i,\;1$ . . . . . over and over.

Simplify: . $i^{21}$
We know that: . $i^4 \,=\,1$

So we have: . $i^{21} \:=\:i^{20}\cdot i \;=\;(i^4)^5\cdot i \;=\;(1)^5\cdot i \;=\;i$