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    De Moivre's Theorem

    I have the problem: (1+i)/\5 (One plus i, raised to the 5th). I know r= square root of 2 and arctan= pi/4. Then we have square root of 2 raised to the 5th. This is where I run into a problem. How exactly does this work out. For example i know how to get the cube 8 by 8/\(1/3). I just don't know how to raise an nth power to something that is squared.
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    (\sqrt{2})^5 = (2^{1/2})^5 = 2^{5/2}

    Or you can write this as \sqrt{2^5} = \sqrt{32}

    And simplifying you can get = 4\sqrt{2}

    But as far as I know it doesn't really matter which way you write it...
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    Hello Struggle_Through
    Quote Originally Posted by Struggle_Through View Post
    I have the problem: (1+i)/\5 (One plus i, raised to the 5th). I know r= square root of 2 and arctan= pi/4. Then we have square root of 2 raised to the 5th. This is where I run into a problem. How exactly does this work out. For example i know how to get the cube 8 by 8/\(1/3). I just don't know how to raise an nth power to something that is squared.
    Thanks.
    You don't actually say what it is you have to do with (1+i)^5, but I hope you may find this helpful:

    (1+i)^2 = 1 +2i + i^2 = 2i

    \Rightarrow (1+i)^4 = (2i)^2 = -4

    \Rightarrow (1+i)^5 = -4(1+i)

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    If you have to use Moivre's Formula:

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(1+i)^5=\sqrt{2^5} ( \frac {\sqrt{2}} {2}+i \frac {\sqrt{2}} {2} )^5=<br />

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=\sqrt{2^4\cdot2}(cos\frac{\pi}{4}+isin\frac{\pi}{  4})^5=4\sqrt{2}(cos\frac{5\pi}{4}+isin\frac{5\pi}{  4})<br />

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=4\sqrt{2}(-\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}-i\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2})=-4-4i=-4(1+i)<br />

    Moivre's Formula is:
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(cos(x)+isin(x))^n=cos(nx)+isin(nx)<br />
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