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Calculating complex number

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[SOLVED] calculating complex number

Homework Statement



Calculate [tex]{i}^{\frac{3}{4}}[/tex]

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The Attempt at a Solution



I tried with

[tex]i=cos\frac{pi}{2}+isin\frac{\pi}{2}[/tex]

[tex]i^3=cos\frac{3pi}{2}+isin\frac{3\pi}{2}[/tex]

[tex]i^3=-i[/tex]

[tex]\sqrt[4]{i^3}=\sqrt[4]{-i}[/tex]

I don't know where I should go out of here. Please help!
 

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Dick
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Why don't you just go all the way at once? i=e^(i*pi/2). So i^(-3/4)=(e^(i*pi/2))^(-3/4). Now use laws of exponents. Notice this answer isn't unique. i is also equal to e^(i*(pi/2+2pi)=e^(i*5pi/2). This is the same sort of nonuniqueness you get with square roots.
 
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Thanks. I solve it.
 

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