Calculus: Early Transcendentals 8th Edition

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285741552
ISBN 13: 978-1-28574-155-0

APPENDIX H - Complex Numbers - H Exercises: 24

Answer

$-\frac{1}{4}\pm\frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}i$

Work Step by Step

$z^{2}+\displaystyle \frac{1}{2}z+\frac{1}{4}=0$ First we multiply through by 4: $4z^{2}+2z+1=0 $ Next, we solve using the quadratic formula (a=4, b=2, c=1): $x=\frac{-b\pm\sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}$ $z=\displaystyle \frac{-2\pm\sqrt{2^{2}-4(4)(1)}}{2(4)}$ $=\frac{-2\pm\sqrt{4-16}}{8}$ $=\frac{-2\pm\sqrt{-12}}{8}$ $=\frac{-2\pm\sqrt{-1*3*4}}{8}$ We use the fact that $\sqrt{-1}=i$: $=\frac{-2\pm 2\sqrt{3}i}{8}$ $=-\frac{1}{4}\pm\frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}i$
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