## AlgebraicNumber to simple number in Mathematica

Hello,

From some matrix operations I get "AlgebraicNumber[-4 I, {0, -(1/16)}]" as output.

I need to get i/4 and I don't know how. If I write "N[AlgebraicNumber[-4 I, {0, -(1/16)}]]",
I get 0. + 0.25 i but it is not what I want neither. I would like to get just i/4 as output.

Can anybody help?

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 Quote by zplot From some matrix operations I get "AlgebraicNumber[-4 I, {0, -(1/16)}]" as output. I need to get i/4 and I don't know how.
That seems odd because this
http://reference.wolfram.com/mathema...aicNumber.html
"AlgebraicNumber objects representing integers or rational numbers are automatically reduced to explicit integer or rational form."
Perhaps that implies that complex are not automatically reduced to explicit form.

What do you get with Im[AlgebraicNumber[-4 I, {0, -(1/16)}]]

What do you get with Simplify[AlgebraicNumber[-4 I, {0, -(1/16)}]]

 Thank you Bill. With Im[AlgebraicNumber[-4 I, {0, -(1/16)}]] I get Im[AlgebraicNumber[-4 I, {0, -(1/16)}]] and with Simplify[AlgebraicNumber[-4 I, {0, -(1/16)}]] I get AlgebraicNumber[-4 I, {0, -(1/16)}] so no solution yet. Any other idea? Thanks a lot.

## AlgebraicNumber to simple number in Mathematica

Unfortunately I can't test that for you at the moment and that severely restricts what I can find.

You might post it here
http://forums.wolfram.com/student-su...discussions/4/

This is very very odd and looks like a limitation that should not be there.
The URL I posted previously seemed like it said Im should have worked.

 Thank you

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