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    Fun with complex numbers

    By considering {\Sigma_{n=1}^{N}} z^{2n-1} where z=e^i\theta, show that
    \Sigma_{n=1}^{N} cos(2n-1)\theta=\frac{2N\theta}{2sin\theta}

    My attempt
    Let X be equal to the sum
    X=z+z^3+...+z^{2N-1}
    \frac{X}{z^2}=z^{-1}+x+...+z^{2N-3}

    X-\frac{X}{z^2}=z^{2N-1}-z^-1
    X=\frac{z^{2N+1}-z}{z^2-1}

    Now
    \Sigma_{n=1}^{N}cos(2n-1)\theta + \Sigma_{n=1}^{N}isin(2n-1)\theta=X

    X=\frac{cos(2N+1)\theta+isin(2N+1)\theta-cos\theta-isin\theta}{cos2\theta+isin2\theta-1}

    Rationalizing with (cos2\theta-1)-isin2\theta)

    numerator of X=cos(2N+1)\theta{cos2\theta} -cos(2N-1)\theta+isin(2N+1)\theta{cos2\theta} -isin(2N+1)\theta-cos\theta{cos2\theta} +cos\theta-icos2\theta{sin2\theta}+isin\theta-icos(2N+1)\theta{sin2\theta} +sin{2N+1)\theta{sin2\theta}+icos\theta{sin2\theta  }-sin\theta{sin2\theta}}

    Collecting the real terms
    cos(2N+1)\theta{cos2\theta}+sin(2N+1)\theta{sin2\t  heta}-(cos\theta{cos2\theta}+sin\theta{sin2\theta} -cos(2N+1)\theta-cos(2N-1)\theta+cos\theta
    which becomes
    cos(2N-1)\theta-cos(2N-1)\theta-cos\theta+cos\theta=0
    Needless to say, I've hit a little snag, so help is politely requested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Think View Post
    By considering {\Sigma_{n=1}^{N}} z^{2n-1} where z=e^i\theta, show that
    \Sigma_{n=1}^{N} cos(2n-1)\theta=\frac{2N\theta}{2sin\theta}

    My attempt
    Let X be equal to the sum
    X=z+z^3+...+z^{2N-1}
    \frac{X}{z^2}=z^{-1}+x+...+z^{2N-3}

    X-\frac{X}{z^2}=z^{2N-1}-z^-1
    X=\frac{z^{2N+1}-z}{z^2-1}

    Now
    \Sigma_{n=1}^{N}cos(2n-1)\theta + \Sigma_{n=1}^{N}isin(2n-1)\theta=X

    X=\frac{cos(2N+1)\theta+isin(2N+1)\theta-cos\theta-isin\theta}{cos2\theta+isin2\theta-1}

    Rationalizing with (cos2\theta-1)-isin2\theta)

    numerator of X=cos(2N+1)\theta{cos2\theta} -cos(2N-1)\theta+isin(2N+1)\theta{cos2\theta} -isin(2N+1)\theta-cos\theta{cos2\theta} +cos\theta-icos2\theta{sin2\theta}+isin\theta-icos(2N+1)\theta{sin2\theta} +sin{2N+1)\theta{sin2\theta}+icos\theta{sin2\theta  }-sin\theta{sin2\theta}}

    Collecting the real terms
    cos(2N+1)\theta{cos2\theta}+sin(2N+1)\theta{sin2\t  heta}-(cos\theta{cos2\theta}+sin\theta{sin2\theta} -cos(2N+1)\theta-cos(2N-1)\theta+cos\theta
    which becomes
    cos(2N-1)\theta-cos(2N-1)\theta-cos\theta+cos\theta=0
    Needless to say, I've hit a little snag, so help is politely requested.
    Note that

    \sum_{n = 1}^N{z^{2n - 1}} = \sum_{n = 1}^N{e^{i(2n - 1)\theta}}

    which is a geometric series, with N terms, a = e^{i\theta} and r = e^{2i\theta}.


    So \sum_{n = 1}^N{e^{i(2n - 1)}} = \frac{e^{i\theta}(1 - e^{2Ni\theta})}{1 - e^{2i\theta}}.


    Now convert this to real and imaginary parts and everything should fall into place.
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