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    Senior Member I-Think's Avatar
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    Summation of complex numbers

    Given that  w_n=3^{-n}cos2n\theta for n=1,2,3... use De Moivre's Theorem to show that

    1+w_1+w_2+w_3+...+w_{N-1}=\frac{9-3cos2\theta+3^{-N+1}cos2(N-1)\theta-3^{N+2}cos2N\theta}{10-6cos2\theta}

    I am really hopelessly lost on this question.
    Help is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by I-Think; November 2nd 2009 at 02:03 PM.
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    Let S_1=1+\frac{1}{3}\cos 2\theta+\frac{1}{3^2}\cos 4\theta+\ldots+\frac{1}{3^n}\cos 2n\theta

    and S_2=\frac{1}{3}\sin 2\theta+\frac{1}{3^2}\sin 4\theta+\ldots+\frac{1}{3^n}\sin 2n\theta

    Then S_1+iS_2=1+\frac{1}{3}(\cos 2\theta+i\sin 2\theta)+\frac{1}{3^2}(\cos 4\theta+i\sin 4\theta)+\ldots+\frac{1}{3^n}(\cos 2n\theta+i\sin 2n\theta)

    Let z=\frac{1}{3}(\cos 2\theta+i\sin 2\theta)

    Then S_1+iS_2=1+z+z^2+\ldots+z^n

    Now use the sum of a geometric progression and put the right hand member in the form A+Bi. Then S_1=A, \ S_2=B
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