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    Complex number question

    If z=x+yi find the values of x and y such that \frac{z-1}{z+1}=z+2

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    \frac{x-1+yi}{x+1+yi}=x+2+yi\Rightarrow x-1+yi=x^2+3x-y^2+2+i(2xy+3y)\Rightarrow

    \Rightarrow\left\{\begin{array}{ll}x^2+3x-y^2+2=x-1\\2xy+3y=y\end{array}\right.\Rightarrow\left\{\be  gin{array}{ll}x^2-y^2+2x=-3\\2y(x+1)=0\end{array}\right.

    Now, you have to solve the system. Can you do that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stroodle View Post
    If z=x+yi find the values of x and y such that \frac{z-1}{z+1}=z+2

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    \frac{z-1}{z+1}=z+2\Rightarrow z-1=z^2+3z+2 \Rightarrow 0 =z^2+2z+3 \Rightarrow z=\frac{-2\pm \sqrt {4-12}}{2} =\frac{-2\pm \sqrt {-4\cdot 2}}{2}=-1 \pm i\sqrt{2}
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    Awesome. THanks for your help guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamma View Post
    \frac{z-1}{z+1}=z+2\Rightarrow z-1=z^2+3z+2

    How did you get from there-to-there, to-there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Smith View Post
    How did you get from there-to-there, to-there?
    Multiplying both sides of the equation by z + 1.
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