Precalculus (6th Edition) Blitzer

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Chapter 6 - Section 6.5 - Complex Numbers in Polar Form; DeMoivre's Theorem - Exercise Set - Page 767: 20


$$z=4 \left ( \cos \pi +i \sin \pi \right )$$

Work Step by Step

We plot the complex number $z=-4$ the same way we plot $(-4,0)$ in the rectangular coordinate system. Please note that the complex number $z=a+bi$ is written in polar form as$$z=r(\cos \theta +i \sin \theta ),$$where $a=r\cos \theta$, $b=r\sin \theta$, $r=\sqrt{a^2+b^2}$, and $\tan \theta = \frac{b}{a}$, $0 \le \theta \lt 2\pi $. So, for the complex number $z=-4$, we have$$r=\sqrt{(-4)^2+0^2}=\sqrt{16}=4, \\ \cos \theta =\frac{a}{r}=\frac{-4}{4}=-1.$$ So$$\theta =\pi $$Thus, the complex number has the polar form$$z=4 \left ( \cos \pi +i \sin \pi \right ).$$
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