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Maximum/mimimum of a complex function

  1. Aug 22, 2009 #1
    Hi, I have the following problem

    given a function f(k) defined on the reals and a complex constant z0, what is the maximum of the following function?


    The maximum of the module is clearly the value k such that


    right? because when you take the module, the squares of the real and imaginary parts are maximum and hence the module is maximum.

    But what happens when you cannot factorize the complex constants? e.g., given the following fuction

    [tex]g(k)=\sqrt{z_1+z_2\sin k}[/tex]

    where k is real, and z1 and z2 are complex constants. Can we still derivate g, make it equal to 0 and still say we can find a critical point? i.e., does solving
    gives you a critical point?

    thanks in advance for the help :shy:
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  3. Aug 26, 2009 #2
    Well, first of all, you seem to want the maximum of the absolute value. In this case, you'll need to find the critical points not of [tex]z_0f(k)[/tex] (or for the second case, g(k)), but of [tex]|z_0f(k)|[/tex] (or for the second case, |g(k)|).
  4. Aug 26, 2009 #3
    I didn't write it down correctly, but the question is

    does solving |g(k)|'=0 and g'(k)=0 give the same critical points?
  5. Aug 26, 2009 #4
    Have you tried finding the critical points of each and comparing them?
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