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    e^z=4?

    How do I solve e^z=4 and e^z=1, where z is complex number?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hohoho00 View Post
    How do I solve e^z=4 and e^z=1, where z is complex number?
    write e^z as e^{x + iy} = e^x \cdot e^{iy}

    now note that you can write 4 = 4e^{i(2k \pi)} and 1 = e^{i(2k \pi)} for some integer k.

    so your first equation is: e^x \cdot e^{iy} = 4e^{2k \pi i}

    and your second equation is: e^x \cdot e^{iy} = e^{2k \pi i}

    can you finish?
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    So, here's what I'm having trouble with:

    so for e^x+1=0, I knew that if I let e^x = 1 and e^(iy) or (cosy+ isiny) = 2(pi)n, I can have solutions. But how do I know that is the only solutions? That is, how do I know that there aren't some e^x(cosy) =1 that aren't listed by above method? For example, some e^x bigger than 1 and some cosy smaller than 1 and somehow make up the number 1? ... Oh wait... I think I just answered my own question.
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