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Complex Exponentiation -- from Wolfram MathWorld
I cannot find method, or figure one out, to raise a non-zero integer to a complex number power. Example 1: 2 raised to the 2 +3i power. Example 2: -3 raised to the 2 + 3i power. Example 3: 1/4 with the 4 raised to the 3 + 4i power. Can someone enlighten me as to how this is done, preferable in a general manner that can be applied to all problems of this nature.
Gusbob -- Thank you for replying to my question. However, you have not answered it. Wolfram MathWorld section titled "Complex Exponentiation" starts off by saying, "A complex number may be taken to the power of another complex number. . . ."
1. This is not what I am asking. Rather, it is: If you have a not-zero integer (1, 2, 3,. . . or -1, -2, -3,. . .), how do you raise it to a complex power. If I want to raise the postive integer 2 to the complex number power 2 + 2i, how do I do it?
2 Also, I realize that I am also asking that if you have a non-zero rational number (i.e., a fraction) how do you raise the divisor to a complex power. This is basically the same as No. 1 above.
a + bi where a and b are real numbers and i is square root of -1
If b = 0, then a + bi is a real number
If a = 0, then a + bi is an imaginary number
The precalculus textbook I have gives general methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing complex numbers, and how to find the roots of negaive numbers.
What I am looking for is the General Method for raising a non-zero integer to a complex number power. Is there such a thing? Or, can you refer me to a book I might purchase (say at Amazon.com) that can, in fact, provide me with a General Method for doing this?
For example: (+ or minus x) where x is any integer (or, for that matter, any real number) ^ (a + bi) where a and b are any real number and i is the square root of -1
Can you help -- as I am "lost?"
Plato: I would do a MHF "official" thank you, but I am a "Newbie" and, as yet don't know how to do this.
Otherwise: Yikes! Back to the mental "drawing board" for me! Do you know of a Website (and location therein) where I might find more detailed information on my question? And, could you recommend a book or textbook I might purchase from, say, Amazon.Com that would help me -- in, frankly, what seems to be "an impossible quest"
You no doubt have surmised -- I am a "Newbie" with regards to Mathematics as well as MHF. But, since I was about 10 years old I have always had a deep and sincere interest, but almost totally unpursed, in Mathematics. My question -- the first here in MHF -- related to my (no doubt what will be very long term) desire to understand the Reimann Hypothesis.
Any help you (or other members of this forum) can provide deeply appreciated (and very much needed).
Plato (Or Others) --
1. Is the "e" you refer to the natural base e, the irrational number equal to approx. 2.71828?
2. If it is, when you say, "You need to know how to raise e to a complex number.," what do you mean? That is, how do you "raise" an irrational number to a complex power? I am really confused!
3. From your two examples it seems that to answer my question (to myself) I need to thoroughly know and understand --
b. Polar Coordinates.
c. DeMoivre's Theorem.
Regarding 3 above, is "a," "b," and "c" a correct assumption on my part?
4. Is there anything else additional I need to know before I am equipped to raise an integer or a real number to a complex power?
2. The reason is because all complex exponentiation stems from manipulating Euler's formula . Any other base can be turned into a base of , since .
3. I agree.
4. I have just shown you that yes, there are other things you need to know.
Anyway, to answer your original question, when doing any complex function analysis, you need to know how to write a function as , where and are real functions of and .
So in your case:
One thing you will need to know is that .
Can you see now it's written as ?
I ordered this book from Amazon.com after reading your post. As for your remark that MHF is "not an instructional Website" -- as a matter of fact, even though I am a very new visitor/member I find it to be very instructional. However, I take it that you mean that I should "do my homework" first and then submit questions related to specific mathematical problems. Sorry if I offeneded you. Such was not my intention.
Prove It --
Thank you for at least showing me, so-to-speak, how far I have to go before I prove (or disprove) the Reimann Hypothesis. Just kidding (sort of)! Seriously, thank you for taking so much time to delineate what I have to master before I can raise integers to complex powers. The question -- the how to do it -- is very important to me.
However, I will not post again regarding this question until and if I have specific question(s) about your entry. In other words, "mum" is the word until I know (or think I know) what I (and you) are talking about!