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  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Dec 2008

    Complex Numbers

    I have to find (i)^1/3 and have no idea where to begin.

    This is a multiple choice question. My choices are a. Sq. root of 3/2 - 1/2i; b. -sq.rootof 3/2 + 1/2i; c. sq.rootof 3/2 + 1/2i; d.1/2 + sq.rootof 3/2i

    I have tried this a few different ways and canot get any of these answers. What am I doing wrong? Thank you for your help.
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  2. #2
    Super Member

    May 2006
    Lexington, MA (USA)
    Hello, Joanie!

    I have to find i^{\frac{1}{3}}

    This is a multiple-choice question. .My choices are:

    . . (a)\;\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2} - \frac{i}{2} \qquad(b)\;-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2} + \frac{i}{2} \qquad(c)\;\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2} + \frac{i}{2} \qquad (d)\;\frac{1}{2}+ \frac{i\sqrt{3}}{2}

    Since it is a multiple-choice question, you can work backwards.

    Cube each of the choices and see which one give you i.

    If you do it correctly, you'll find that it is choice (c).
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