Thread: Unit circle help

1. Unit circle help

So we are given this complex number z=1+0i...we put it on the graph on in a unit circle and we see that is on the unit circle...what happens if the modulus of a complex number is > 1 or <1..?of course then the root of the complex number will be out or inside the unit circle.but how could i prove it or is there any way of stating it, any formula or whatever...

2. Originally Posted by domenfrandolic
So we are given this complex number z=1+0i...we put it on the graph on in a unit circle and we see that is on the unit circle...what happens if the modulus of a complex number is > 1 or <1..?of course then the root of the complex number will be out or inside the unit circle.but how could i prove it or is there any way of stating it, any formula or whatever...
Do you know how to find the modulus(absolute value) of a complex number?
$z = a + bi\, \Rightarrow \,\left| z \right| = \sqrt {a^2 + b^2 }$
If $|z|>1$ then any root is exterior to the unit circle and interior if
$|z|<1$

If fact, any $n^{th}$ root of $z$ is on a circle centered at the origin and radius $\sqrt[n]{{\left| z \right|}}$.