I need help with this problem:

Let Zk (k = 1, ... , n) be complex numbers lying on the same side of a straight line passing through the origin. Show that

z1 + z2 + ... + zn ≠ 0 and

1/z1 + 1/z2 + ... + 1/zn ≠ 0

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- March 9th 2011, 06:47 PMPorter1Complex numbers lying on the same side of a straight line passing through the origin.
I need help with this problem:

Let Zk (k = 1, ... , n) be complex numbers lying on the same side of a straight line passing through the origin. Show that

z1 + z2 + ... + zn ≠ 0 and

1/z1 + 1/z2 + ... + 1/zn ≠ 0 - March 9th 2011, 09:09 PMTinyboss
Multiply everything by some unimodular complex number (i.e. rotate everything) so that the line becomes the real axis. The result should be easy to show in that setting--then divide by the same number to get the result you want.