How do you evaluate this type of problem:
Have you considered raising both sides to the power of 2? Or writing both sides in polar form?
Yes, but when you do that the i value on the left disappears and you get
21 = x+iy
which suggests that there is no imaginary part of the solution (?)
I haven't tried writing both sides in polar form, i'll try that now
No, since (5 + 2i)^2 is NOT equal to 5^2 + (2i)^2.
(5 + 2i)^2 = (5 + 2i)(5 + 2i) = 5*5 + 5*2i + 2i*5 + 2i*2i = 25 + 10i + 10i - 4, etc.
it works fine in polars as well
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