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Exponential functions, and complex numbers

  1. Sep 10, 2009 #1
    hey im doing some questions outta a txt book, i sorta understand complex numbers, like multiplying and dividing, ..

    The question asks to rearrange for z,
    e^(iz) = i - 1

    im not sure what to do with the exponential function.

    thanks for the help
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  3. Sep 10, 2009 #2
    Are you familiar with the log function for complex variables?
  4. Sep 10, 2009 #3
    hmmm no... that sounds like that could help
  5. Sep 10, 2009 #4
    .. does any 1 no how i could solve this?
  6. Sep 10, 2009 #5
    You want to take the log of both sides of the equation. Look in your text book for more information.

    Note: some books use ln instead of log.


  7. Sep 10, 2009 #6
    hmm ok so that gives...

    z = ln(i - 1)/i
    it cant be that easy?

    what about... since e^(iz) = cos(z) + isin(z)

    cos(z) + isin(z) = i - 1
    Then how would i solve for Z?
  8. Sep 10, 2009 #7


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    Think about where the line segment between i - 1 and 1 intersects the unit circle. Use trigonometry since exp(z)=exp(x+y*i)=exp(x)*[cos(y)+i*sin(y)]
  9. Sep 10, 2009 #8


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    z = ln(i - 1)/i
    is right, it depends on the form you want the answer in

    solving this will work but z will be complex
    cos(z) + isin(z) = i - 1

    write i-1=sqrt(2)(i*sqrt(2)/2-sqrt(2)/2)
    then solve
    cos(y) + isin(y)=(i*sqrt(2)/2-sqrt(2)/2)
    y real so
  10. Sep 10, 2009 #9
    hmm ok .. just a question, when its iz = ln|i-1|

    wouldnt i go z = ln(i-1) * (0+i)
    (0 - i) * (0+i)
    because im just remembering when you divide complex numbers thats all.
  11. Sep 10, 2009 #10
    opps that didnt post right
    wouldnt i go z = ln(i-1)/(0 - i) *(0+i)/(0+i)
  12. Sep 10, 2009 #11


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    take log
    log cancels exp
    divide by i
    that is the priciple value , there are others
  13. Sep 11, 2009 #12
    oh, ok thanks.
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