# Complex Number Question

• Nov 16th 2008, 09:14 PM
acevipa
Complex Number Question
On an Argand diagram, the points P and Q represent z1 and z2 respectively. OPQ is an equilateral triangle. Show that z1² + z2² = z1z2

• Nov 17th 2008, 12:42 AM
Kiwi_Dave
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Originally Posted by acevipa
On an Argand diagram, the points P and Q represent z1 and z2 respectively. OPQ is an equilateral triangle. Show that z1² + z2² = z1z2

Since the sides of an equlateral triangle all have the same length sides we know:

|z1|=|z2|=|z1-z2|

The internal angles of the triangle are all 60 degress so we also know:

arg(z1) = arg(z2) + 60

And

$\displaystyle |z1^2|=|z2^2|$

And

arg(z1^2)=arg(z2^2) + 120

So if z1=$\displaystyle r\angle\theta$ then z2=$\displaystyle r\angle(\theta+60)$ and $\displaystyle z2^2=r^2\angle(2\theta+2*60)$
$\displaystyle z1^2+z2^2=r^2\angle2\theta + r^2\angle(2\theta+120)=r^2(1\angle2\theta+1\angle( 2\theta+120))=r^2(-1\angle(2\theta-120))$$\displaystyle =r^2(1\angle(2\theta+60))=r\angle\theta(r\angle(\t heta+60))=z1z2$