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    Equivalence Classes

    Hello, Im having problems with equivalence classes.

    The relation R is defined for complex numbers z=x+yi and w=a+bi. zRw if and only if x+b=y+a

    I am asked to give the elements of the equivalence class containg [i]

    I have wrote, [i]={xeC:xRi}={xeC:x-i} to begin finding the equivalence classes, but am stuck trying to find the elements
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    Is this true (0+1\cdot i)\mathcal{R}(1+0\cdot i)?
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    No, because you can't relate the real numbers to the imaginery numbers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwish123 View Post
    No, because you can't relate the real numbers to the imaginery numbers?
    What are imaginary numbers?
    Are they ghosts of dearly departed real numbers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plato View Post
    What are imaginary numbers?
    Are they ghosts of dearly departed real numbers?
    The real numbers are a subset of the complex numbers. a+ib is a complex numbers, so imaginary numbers can be added or subtracted to the realnumber to form a complex number.

    I know i^2 is -1

    So the equivalence class containing i will just be those elements congruent to i? So the elements would be the complex numbers. Or is this chasing the wrong argument?
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