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Proving complex with hyperbolic

  1. Dec 9, 2007 #1
    i have a problem in my engineering maths which says as follows:

    show that if z is a complex number then

    2 cos (x) = z + 1 / z

    and 2 j sin (x) = z - 1/z

    given that cosh (jy) = cos (y) and sinh (jy) = j sin(y)

    I can solve the problem without using the hyperbolics but that last statment induces that hyperbolics should be involved.

    does anyone know how to use the hyperbolics to solve this problem?
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  3. Dec 9, 2007 #2


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    First, when asking for help on a problem like this, it would be a really good idea to specify that z= x+ iy!

    Use the fact that cosh(t)= [itex](e^t+ e^{-t})/2[/itex] and sinh(t)= [itex]e^t- e^{-t}[/itex]. Those, together with [itex]e^{jy}= cos(y)+ j sin(y)[/itex] should do it.

    (I can't tell you how much it hurt to write "j" instead of "i". I just cringe at jmaginary numbers!)
  4. Dec 9, 2007 #3
    thanks hallsofivy. i now understood the question.

    (i am sorry to inflict you pain with j but we engineers are not allowed to call it i)
  5. Dec 10, 2007 #4


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    Union regulation?
  6. Dec 10, 2007 #5
    No.. just for not creating any fights between currents and complex.....which can turn in a very dangerous situation
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