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Homework Help: Complex Logarithms

  1. Jan 21, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    If

    tan-1z = (1/2i)ln[(1+iz)/(1-iz)]

    then find

    tan-1[(2sqrt(3) - 3i)/7]



    3. The attempt at a solution

    I haven't gotten very far, but this is what I have so far:

    tan-1[(2sqrt(3) - 3i)/7]

    = (1/2i)ln[(i2sqrt(3) + 10)/(i2sqrt(3) + 4)]

    Where do you go from there? I'm not completely familiar with the rules of complex logarithms. Can you split it into real and imaginary parts?
     
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  3. Jan 21, 2010 #2

    Dick

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    You should check what you already have. I think you've already got a sign wrong. But you want write the expression inside the log in the form a+bi with a and b real, so you can find it's magnitude and angle. You know how to do that with a ratio using complex conjugates, right?
     
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