Here, we use represent the real part of ; and represent the imaginary part of .
If , we say that is pure imaginary; on the contrary, if , we say that is real.
We often denote an element of the complex number as and the real number is denoted by .
We represent Equation.(2) in a two-dimensional coordinate system and we call it Complex plane. See below.
In the above image, the horizontal axis represents the real number, and the vertical axis represents the imaginary number.
From the above image we can see that , , and .
Obviously, , where n is any integer and the quadrant has to be specified, so as to be able to determine whether or .
So, can be written in the polar form
Also, the radius is
- is the length of the vector associated with and is often referred to as the modulus of .
- The angle is called the argument of . It is denoted by
- If , there is a in the interval where is an arbitrary number; others differ by integer multiples of
For example if , then
The polar exponential is defined by:
From Equation.(3) we know that can be written in
From the properties of standard properties of elementary calculus, we have the following forms:
As shown in the following:
If , then the complex conjugate
So, two complex numbers are equal if and only if their real and imaginary parts are respectively equal. Besides, the complex conjugate of is found in the Gaussian complex plane by reflecting with respect to the real axis.
This is useful for the division of two complex numbers:
Theorem 1.1 For any , we have , and .