1. Z_{1}=z_{2}

Suppose $\displaystyle z_1=r_1(\cos(\theta_1)+i\sin(\theta_1))$ and $\displaystyle z_2=r_2(\cos(\theta_2)+i\sin(\theta_2))$. If $\displaystyle z_1=z_2$, then how are $\displaystyle r_1 \ \mbox{and} \ r_2$ related? How are $\displaystyle \theta_1 \ \mbox{and} \ \theta_2$ related?

If $\displaystyle z_1=z_2$, then $\displaystyle a_1=a_2 \ \mbox{and} \ b_1=b_2$. Therefore, $\displaystyle r_1=r_2$ and $\displaystyle \theta_1=\theta_2$ since $\displaystyle a^2+b^2=r^2 \ \mbox{and} \ \theta=\tan\frac{b}{a}$.

Is this correct?

2. I don't think your answer takes into account fully the ambiguities inherent in polar coordinates. You have negative radii possibilities, as well as changing the angle by certain well-defined amounts. How does this change your picture?

3. But by definition, $\displaystyle z_1=z_2$ iff. $\displaystyle a_1=a_2 \ \mbox{and} \ b_1=b_2$. Why can't I use that fact?

4. Sure, but that's cartesian coordinates. As soon as you start talking about radii and angles (i.e., polar coordinates), the game is different. Example:

$\displaystyle -2\cos(\pi/4)=2\cos(5\pi/4).$

In fact, in polar coordinates, the point $\displaystyle -2\,\text{cis}\,\pi/4$ is the same point as $\displaystyle 2\,\text{cis}\,5\pi/4.$

So from this, you can see that setting

$\displaystyle r_{1}\cos(\theta_{1})=r_{2}\cos(\theta_{2})$ is simply not going to imply that $\displaystyle r_{1}=r_{2}$ and $\displaystyle \theta_{1}=\theta_{2}.$

Even if you throw in the other equation (the y equation), you're not going to resolve all the ambiguities.