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    A few complex number problems

    I have attempted to solve it but arrive at either no solution or a solution much different from the textbook's.

    1. If w = \frac{z + 1}{z - 1} and |z| = 1, find Re(w).

    I plugged in a + bi for z and attempted to simplify.
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    Re: A few complex number problems

    Use that \textrm{Re}(w)=\frac{1}{2}(w+\bar{w}) and |z|^2=z\bar{z}=1 .
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    Re: A few complex number problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Lemons123 View Post
    I have attempted to solve it but arrive at either no solution or a solution much different from the textbook's.

    1. If w = \frac{z + 1}{z - 1} and |z| = 1, find Re(w).

    I plugged in a + bi for z and attempted to simplify.
    If If w=\frac{z + 1}{z - 1} then w(z-1) = z+1. Solve that for z to get z = \frac{w+1}{w-1}. If |z|=1 it follows that |w+1| = |w-1|. Thus w is equidistant from 1 and 1, and so Re(w) = 0.
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    Re: A few complex number problems

    Or (using z\bar{z}=1) :

    \textrm{Re}(w)=\frac{1}{2}(w+\bar{w})=\frac{1}{2} \left(\frac{z+1}{z-1}+\frac{\bar{z}+1}{\bar{z}-1} \right)=\frac{1}{2}\dfrac {0}{(z-1)(\bar{z}-1)}=0
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