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    Ugh, blanking out --- complex numbers, exponents...

    solve (1-i)^{2009}

    Attempt:

    r = \sqrt{2}

    tan \Theta = -1 \rightarrow tan \Theta = \frac{7\pi}{4}

    so...

    (1-i)^{2009} = \sqrt{2}^{2009}(cis \frac{2009 \cdot 7\pi}{4})

    \sqrt{2}^{2009} = \sqrt{2} \cdot 2^{1004}

    so... (1-i)^{2009} = \sqrt{2} \cdot 2^{1004}(cis \frac{2009 \cdot 7\pi}{4})

    can someone please tell me what I do with (cis \frac{2009 \cdot 7\pi}{4})

    Thanks. I'm blanking out...
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    Try to compute first:

    (1-i)^2
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    Try to compute first:

    (1-i)^2
    I know the question is much easier and quicker that way, but I want to try and solve the question with De Mouvre's (or wtvr his name is) equation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayshizwiz View Post
    solve (1-i)^{2009}

    Attempt:

    r = \sqrt{2}

    tan \Theta = -1 \rightarrow tan \Theta = \frac{7\pi}{4}

    so...

    (1-i)^{2009} = \sqrt{2}^{2009}(cis \frac{2009 \cdot 7\pi}{4})

    \sqrt{2}^{2009} = \sqrt{2} \cdot 2^{1004}

    so... (1-i)^{2009} = \sqrt{2} \cdot 2^{1004}(cis \frac{2009 \cdot 7\pi}{4})

    can someone please tell me what I do with (cis \frac{2009 \cdot 7\pi}{4})

    Thanks. I'm blanking out...
    Note that \frac{2009 \cdot 7\pi}{4} = 3514 \pi + \frac{7 \pi}{4} ....
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    Write the given problem as

    (1-i)^{2009} = (\sqrt{2})^{2009}[cos(-\frac{\pi}{4}) + sin(-\frac{\pi}{4})]^{2009}

    = (\sqrt{2})^{2009}[cos(-\frac{2009\pi}{4}) + sin(-\frac{2009\pi}{4})]

    =  (\sqrt{2})^{2009}[cos(-\frac{(2008 + 1)\pi}{4}) + sin(-\frac{(2008 + 1)\pi}{4})]

    = (\sqrt{2})^{2009}[cos(-\frac{\pi}{4}) + sin(-\frac{\pi}{4})]

    Now proceed.
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