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    Fing the range of alpha for equation to have solution?

    Find the range of real number \alpha for which the equation z + \alpha|z - 1| + 2i = 0 ; z = x + iy, has no solution. Also find the solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fardeen_gen View Post
    Find the range of real number \alpha for which the equation z + \alpha|z - 1| + 2i = 0 ; z = x + iy, has no solution. Also find the solution.
    If \alpha is real then z+2i = -\alpha|z-1|, which is real. So the imaginary part of z must be –2i. Write z = x–2i. Then x = -\alpha|(x-1)-2i| and so x^2 = \alpha^2\bigl((x-1)^2+4\bigr). The condition for that quadratic to have real roots is \alpha^2\leqslant 5/4. So the original equation has no solution for z if |\alpha|>\sqrt5/2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opalg View Post
    If \alpha is real then z+2i = -\alpha|z-1|, which is real. So the imaginary part of z must be –2i. Write z = x–2i. Then x = -\alpha|(x-1)-2i| and so x^2 = \alpha^2\bigl((x-1)^2+4\bigr). The condition for that quadratic to have real roots is \alpha^2\leqslant 4/5. So the original equation has no solution for z if |\alpha|>2/\sqrt5.
    Am I doing it correct if I say that, for the equation to have a solution, -\frac{\sqrt{5}}{2}\leq \alpha \leq \frac{\sqrt{5}}{2} and the solution in that case is:
    Z = \frac{2\alpha \pm \alpha\sqrt{5 - 4\alpha^2}}{\alpha^2 - 1} - 2i,\ \alpha\neq \pm 1;\ Z = \frac{5}{2} - 2i, \alpha = \pm 1
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    Quote Originally Posted by fardeen_gen View Post
    Am I doing it correct if I say that, for the equation to have a solution, -\frac{\sqrt{5}}{2}\leq \alpha \leq \frac{\sqrt{5}}{2} and the solution in that case is:
    Z = \frac{2\alpha \pm \alpha\sqrt{5 - 4\alpha^2}}{\alpha^2 - 1} - 2i,\ \alpha\neq \pm 1;\ Z = \frac{5}{2} - 2i, \alpha = \pm 1
    Yes, the condition for a solution to exist is -\frac{\sqrt{5}}{2}\leq \alpha \leq \frac{\sqrt{5}}{2} (I carelessly wrote 2/\sqrt5 in my previous comment—now corrected—where it should have been \sqrt5/2.) But you should check your answer to the quadratic equation again. I get z = \frac{\alpha^2 \pm \alpha\sqrt{5-4\alpha^2}}{\alpha^2-1}.
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