# Complex numbers/find a and b

• Feb 21st 2009, 02:51 AM
Complex numbers/find a and b
Find real numbers a and b such that

(a+bi)(1+bi) = 17-19i

Thank you very much,
• Feb 21st 2009, 04:55 AM
james_bond
$(a+bi)(1+bi) =a-b^2+(ab+b)i= 17-19i$ So $a-b^2=17$ and $ab+b=-19$. You can solve for $a$ and $b$. I've got only one real solution: $a=18$, $b=-1$.
• Feb 21st 2009, 04:59 AM
Plato
$\left( {a + bi} \right)\left( {1 + bi} \right) = \left( {a - b^2 } \right) + \left( {ab + b} \right)i$