# Complex number problem

Hi All,

I've been asked to determine the values of z that obey the equation

e^z = 1 + sqrt(3)i

I'm still not sure the concept of this question. Could someone point me in the right direction?

Thanks

matt grime
Homework Helper
z=x+iy, put it in, e^x is then the modulus, and is uniquely determined, y isn't, but you can work out all the possibilities.

well you can use the folowing direction:

e^(a+bi)=(e^a)*( cos(b)+sin(b)i)

Now you need to find a and b according to the result you want.
please notice that there are infinity number of solution to that !

Best
Moshek

Thanks for the info...

So based on the first 2 replies:

e^(x+iy) = 1 + sqrt(3)i
e^x.e^iy = e^x*(cos(y)+sin(y)i) = 1 + sqrt(3)i

therefore e^x = sqrt(1*1 + sqrt(3)*sqrt(3))

so e^x = 2. which is unique.

Now I just need to find y right?

so am I on the right track?

Thanks

matt grime
Homework Helper
Yes, you're on the right track, you need to find the arguments.

ok so next ...

tan(y) = b/a
tan(y) = sqrt(3)/1
y= PI/3

you talked about infinite solutions, so then

y = PI/3 + (PI*n) where n is an integer.

so now is have

x = ln 2
and
y= PI/3 + (PI*n)

so now do I just subsitute x and y into this eqn?
e^x*(cos(y)+sin(y)i) = 1 + sqrt(3)i

HallsofIvy