Help with Complex Exponentials

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In summary, the conversation discusses the multiplication of a complex number by ejθ and how it can be described as a positive rotation through the angle θ of the vector without altering its length. The conversation also discusses using exponential form to represent the complex number and using trigonometry to prove the rotation.
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Homework Statement



Hello all, I'm currently reading through "Vibrations and Waves" by A.P French. I'm not very used to these type of books, so I could use a little bit of help right now:

Show that the multiplication of any complex number z by e is describable, in geometrical terms, as a positive rotation through the angle θ of the vector by which z is represented, without any alteration of its length.

Homework Equations



z = a + jb

j = an instruction to perform a counterclockwise rotation of 90 degrees upon whatever it precedes.

cosθ + jsinθ = e

j2 = -1

The Attempt at a Solution



so z(e)
= (a + jb)(cosθ + jsinθ)
= acosθ + (asinθ + bcosθ)j - bsinθ
= (acosθ - bsinθ) + (asinθ + bcosθ)j

Now I'm supposed to show that the above equation is a positive rotation through the angle θ of the vector by which z is represented, without any alteration of its length.

First, I'm going to prove that the length was not altered:

Original length of z, Lo:

Lo2 = a2 + b2
Lo = √(a2+b2)

Length of new z, L1:

L12 = (acosθ - bsinθ)2 + (asinθ + bcosθ)2
L12 = a2 + b2
L1 = √(a2+b2)

Therefore Lo = L1

Now, How do I prove the rotation? I'm not too strong with trig, maybe that's the problem? Can somebody help me out? Thank you!
 
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Have you considered that your complex number can also be described in exponential form using the same relationship:

cosθ + jsinθ = e

if R = |a2 + b2| is the magnitude of the complex number, and ##\phi## = atan(b/a) is the argument of the complex number (equivalent vector's direction angle), then the vector r for the complex number can also be represented by:

r = R(cos##\phi## + jsin##\phi##) = R ej##\phi##

Now go ahead and multiply by your e :wink:
 

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1. What are complex exponentials?

Complex exponentials are mathematical expressions of the form z = a+bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is the imaginary unit. They are used in various fields of science and mathematics, including signal processing, quantum mechanics, and electrical engineering.

2. How do you represent complex exponentials?

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