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Complex Numbers

By M Bourne

Chapter Contents

1. Basic Definitions of imaginary and complex numbers - and where they come from.

2. Basic Operations - adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing complex numbers.

3. Graphical Representation of complex numbers.

4. Polar Form of complex numbers

5. Exponential Form of complex numbers

6. Products and Quotients - more multiplying and dividing

fractal image
Fractals are computer-generated art using complex numbers.
See more at: Fractals.

7. Powers and Roots of complex numbers

8. AC Circuit Definitions - an electronics application of complex numbers

9. Impedance and Phase Angle - using complex numbers in AC circuits

10. Reactance and Angular Velocity - important when creating alternating currents

11. AC Circuit Exercises

12. Parallel AC Circuits with exercises

How Complex can Numbers Get?

AC circuit

What are complex numbers ? What are they good for?

Application: You are designing a simple AC circuit and you need to know the voltage across different parts of the circuit.

Perhaps you need to know what AC voltage to apply to the circuit, given that the current in the circuit needs to be 10 A.

Survival Tips

Before trying to study complex numbers, it's a good idea to go back over these topics:

Quadratic Equations

Radicals (also called surds), especially Addition and Subtraction and Multiplication and Division of surds.

Radians (an alternative way of measuring angles).

Helpful Vocabulary

For a complete list of vocabulary in this section (this includes words you have met already and new words that you will learn in this section), go to:

Complex Numbers Vocabulary.

How do you do it? What do you need to know?

To solve this problem, you need to know about complex numbers. When you finish studying this section, you will know a lot about complex numbers and their applications.

[You can see how to solve this electronics problem starting at AC Circuit Definitions.]

The chapter begins with Basic Definitions »

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