Intermediate Algebra (12th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321969359
ISBN 13: 978-0-32196-935-4

Chapter 7 - Section 7.7 - Complex Numbers - 7.7 Exercises: 67

Answer

$1+i$

Work Step by Step

$\bf{\text{Solution Outline:}}$ To divide the given expression, $ \dfrac{2}{1-i} ,$ multiply both the numerator and the denominator by the complex conjugate of the denominator. $\bf{\text{Solution Details:}}$ Multiplying both the numerator and the denominator by the complex conjugate of the denominator, the expression above is equivalent to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} \dfrac{2}{1-i}\cdot\dfrac{1+i}{1+i} \\\\= \dfrac{2(1+i)}{(1-i)(1+i)} .\end{array} Using the product of the sum and difference of like terms which is given by $(a+b)(a-b)=a^2-b^2,$ the expression above is equivalent \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} \dfrac{2(1+i)}{(1)^2-(i)^2} \\\\= \dfrac{2(1+i)}{1-i^2} .\end{array} Since $i^2=-1,$ the expression above is equivalent to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} \dfrac{2(1+i)}{1-(-1)} \\\\= \dfrac{2(1+i)}{1+1} \\\\= \dfrac{2(1+i)}{2} \\\\= \dfrac{\cancel2(1+i)}{\cancel2} \\\\= 1+i .\end{array}
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