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BomboshMan

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I know if we have a complex number z written as z = x +iy , with a and real, the complex conjugate is z* = x - iy. Also if we write a complex function f(z) = u(x,y) + iv(x,y), with u and v real valued, then similarly the complex conjugate of this function is f(z)* = u(x,y) - iv(x,y).

And if we have some complex numbers around a circle like z = i + exp(iΘ) then the conjugate of these numbers is z* = exp(-iΘ) - i.

It always seems like the way to conjugate something complex is to literally just 'put a minus in front of the i's ' ...but is this always the case?

Surely if we had some complicated function like g(x + iy) = [sin(x+iy) + iexp(cos(x-y))]^(-1) , we couldn't just replace the i's with (-i)'s? Seems like we'd have to convert the above to the form a + ib first.

If not - if it really is that elegant - is there a proof or something that it works in every case?

Thanks,

Matt