Linear Algebra - what is Re and Im for complex numbers??

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I don't even know what these are, it is not outlined in my textbook. I'm assuming Im is image? But how do you calculate image even?

As far as I'm concerned Im has to do wtih linear transformations - i have no clue how to calculate it. I am looking around online but I can't even find guidance.
 

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Re is the real part, and Im is the imaginary part:
$$
\textrm{Re}(a + i b) = a \\
\textrm{Im}(a + i b) = b
$$
(assuming ##a,b \in \mathbb{R}##).
 
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Re is the real part, and Im is the imaginary part:
$$
\textrm{Re}(a + i b) = a \\
\textrm{Im}(a + i b) = b
$$
(assuming ##a,b \in \mathbb{R}##).

Oh! That makes this easy then. Is this notation common then? They could have saved me the trouble of typing out a few more characters... :)
 
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DrClaude
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The notation is quite common. Another common notation is ##\Re## and ##\Im##.
 
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