# Complex Mappings

• Nov 18th 2010, 05:36 PM
dwsmith
Complex Mappings
According to the Remarks in Section 2.5, since $f(z)=\frac{1}{z}$ is its own inverse function, the mapping $w=\frac{1}{z}$ on the extended complex plane maps the circle $|z-\frac{1}{2}|=\frac{1}{2}$ to the line Re(w) = 1. Verify this.

I am not sure how to do this without working backwards which isn't an easy method. Does anyone know how this can be done in a more efficient manner?

Dustin.
• Nov 18th 2010, 10:52 PM
CaptainBlack
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Originally Posted by dwsmith
According to the Remarks in Section 2.5, since $f(z)=\frac{1}{z}$ is its own inverse function, the mapping $w=\frac{1}{z}$ on the extended complex plane maps the circle $|z-\frac{1}{2}|=\frac{1}{2}$ to the line Re(w) = 1. Verify this.

I am not sure how to do this without working backwards which isn't an easy method. Does anyone know how this can be done in a more efficient manner?

On the circle you may put $z=\frac{1}{2}(1+e^{i\theta}), \theta \in [0,2\pi)$
Now compute $w=\frac{1}{z}$ and show that its real part is equal to $1$ and its imaginary part takes every real value for some $\theta \in [0,2\pi)$