Is 0 an imaginary number?

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The two definition of “imaginary numbers” depend on the context.

On is a member of the complex field defined by the operations:
(a,b)+(c,d) = (a+c,b+d)
(a,b)(c,d) = (ac-bd,bc+ad)

where a,b,c, and d are reals. In this case (0,0) = 0 is clearly a member


The other is a complex number (a number in the form of a+bi) where a=0. Cleary 0 again satisfies this since 0 = 0+0i

So I would say yes.
Then you have completely misunderstood the question! You are saying that 0 is clearly a complex number. Of course it is- every real number is a complex number. The question was whether or not 0 is an imaginary number.

That has already been answered: A real number is a complex number, of the form a+ bi with b= 0. An imaginary number is a complex number, of the form a+ bi, with a= 0. The number 0 is both real and imaginary.
 

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That has already been answered: A real number is a complex number, of the form a+ bi with b= 0. An imaginary number is a complex number, of the form a+ bi, with a= 0. The number 0 is both real and imaginary.
Yes, I think Jon was just lending his support.
 

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