Complex number and exponents

Hello everyone,

I need to perform the following operation: (1+2i)^214. Can I just follow the same guideline as if I didn't have a real part, ie (1+2i)^((53x4)+2) = (1+2i)^2 = -3+4i, or does this little trick only apply when the exponent is attached only to the imaginary part?

If I cannot perform the operation this way, how should I proceed about it?

Many thanks!

Egoyan

Re: Complex number and exponents

You have to start by expressing the number in exponential or polar form.

Re: Complex number and exponents

Re: Complex number and exponents

It's just a question there is in a math homework I have.

Right, I should have thought about that. I expressed the number in polar form and it was indeed pretty easy from there. Thanks guys.