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I Euler's equation not making sense

  1. Jul 23, 2016 #1
    Given: e^(i*pi) = -1 and e^(2*i*pi)=1

    Adding we get: e^(i*pi) + e^(2*i*pi) = (-1+1) = 0

    Factoring gives e^(i*pi) * [ 1 + e^(i*pi) ] = 0

    so setting the second factor = to 0 gives 1 + e^(i*pi) = 0 which gives e^(i*pi)=-1

    Okay so far, but setting the first factor = to 0 does not work.

    e^(i*pi) = -1 It does not equal 0.

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    So what am I missing here?
     
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  3. Jul 23, 2016 #2

    fresh_42

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  4. Jul 23, 2016 #3
    Of course! Thanks for the response and the link.
     
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