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    Complex arctan

    I found these two questions in a textbook and they are driving me nuts.

    How can you derive from (1+i)(2+i)(3+i)=10i that \arctan1+\arctan\frac{1}{2}+\arctan\frac{1}{3}=\fr  ac{\pi}{2}?

    Similarly, how can you with the help of (1-2i)^4 = -7+24i show that 4\arctan2=\pi+\arctan\frac{24}{7}
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mondreus View Post
    I found these two questions in a textbook and they are driving me nuts.

    How can you derive from (1+i)(2+i)(3+i)=10i that \arctan1+\arctan\frac{1}{2}+\arctan\frac{1}{3}=\fr  ac{\pi}{2}?
    1+ i can be written, in polar form, as \sqrt{2}(cos(\theta_1)+ i sin(\theta_1) where tan(\theta_1)= 1/1= 1 (and, of course, \theta_1= \pi/4). 2+ i can be written as \sqrt{5}(cos(\theta_2)+ i sin(\theta_2)) where tan(\theta_2)= 1/2. 3+ i can be written as \sqrt{10}(cos(\theta_3)+ i sin(\theta_3) where tan(\theta_3)= 1/3.

    By DeMoivre's formula, their product is (\sqrt{2})(\sqrt{5})\sqrt{10}(cos(\theta_1+ \theta_2+ \theta_3)+ i sin(\theta_ 3+ \theta_2+ \theta_3)).

    The fact that the product is 10 i tells you that cos(\theta_1+ \theta_2+ \theta_3)= 0 and cos(\theta_1+ \theta_2+ \theta_3)= 1 or that \theta_1+ \theta_2+ \theta_3= \pi/2.

    Similarly, how can you with the help of (1-2i)^4 = -7+24i show that 4\arctan2=\pi+\arctan\frac{24}{7}
    1- 2i= \sqrt{5}(cos(\theta+ i sin(\theta) where tan(\theta_1)= 2 and, again by DeMoivre's formula, that is equal to 25(cos(4\theta)+ i sin(4\theta)). -7+ 24i can be written as 25 (cos(\phi)+ i sin(\phi)) where tan(\phi)= 24/7.
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    What about the \pi part in the last problem?
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    Consider which quadrant you are in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HallsofIvy View Post
    1+ i can be written, in polar form, as \sqrt{2}(cos(\theta_1)+ i sin(\theta_1) where tan(\theta_1)= 1/1= 1 (and, of course, \theta_1= \pi/4). 2+ i can be written as \sqrt{5}(cos(\theta_2)+ i sin(\theta_2)) where tan(\theta_2)= 1/2. 3+ i can be written as \sqrt{10}(cos(\theta_3)+ i sin(\theta_3) where tan(\theta_3)= 1/3.

    By DeMoivre's formula, their product is (\sqrt{2})(\sqrt{5})\sqrt{10}(cos(\theta_1+ \theta_2+ \theta_3)+ i sin(\theta_ 3+ \theta_2+ \theta_3)).

    The fact that the product is 10 i tells you that cos(\theta_1+ \theta_2+ \theta_3)= 0 and cos(\theta_1+ \theta_2+ \theta_3)= 1 or that \theta_1+ \theta_2+ \theta_3= \pi/2.


    1- 2i= \sqrt{5}(cos(\theta+ i sin(\theta) where tan(\theta_1)= 2 and, again by DeMoivre's formula, that is equal to 25(cos(4\theta)+ i sin(4\theta)). -7+ 24i can be written as 25 (cos(\phi)+ i sin(\phi)) where tan(\phi)= 24/7.

    Wow this problem is confusing. It took me a little bit to figure it out.

    HallsofIvy you have a typo when you said


    cos(\theta_1+ \theta_2+ \theta_3)= 1

    it should be

    sin(\theta_1+ \theta_2+ \theta_3)= 1

    Thanks for working it out though. It really did help me figure out my mistake.


    I kept working out

    4\arctan(-2)=\pi+\arctan\bigg(-\frac{24}{7}\bigg)

    Since the original problem was in the second quad. Didn't notice the tan had been changed to positive value changing the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 11rdc11 View Post
    Wow this problem is confusing. It took me a little bit to figure it out.

    HallsofIvy you have a typo when you said


    cos(\theta_1+ \theta_2+ \theta_3)= 1

    it should be

    sin(\theta_1+ \theta_2+ \theta_3)= 1
    Yes, thanks for the correction.

    Thanks for working it out though. It really did help me figure out my mistake.


    I kept working out

    4\arctan(-2)=\pi+\arctan\bigg(-\frac{24}{7}\bigg)

    Since the original problem was in the second quad. Didn't notice the tan had been changed to positive value changing the problem.
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