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Real parameter given complex variable modulus

  1. Jan 17, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Suppose z is complex number with |z| = 1 (also assume that z is not 1 + 0*i)
    Let z = a + b*i where a and b are real numbers.

    Find a real parameter, t, such that

    z = (t-i)/(t+i), where i = sqrt(-1)

    2. Relevant equations

    |z| = sqrt(a^2+b^2)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Since we are given |z| = 1, this implies that a^2 + b^2 = (a+b*i)*(a-b*i) = 1.
    Also, (t-i)/(t+i) can be expressed as [1/(t^2+1)]*[(t^2-1)+(-2*t)*i].

    Despite my efforts, I end up at two deadends: I reduce an equation to a tautology like 0 = 0 or I reduce to an expression for t that involves i (thereby making t imaginary instead of real).

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
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  3. Jan 17, 2011 #2


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    First off find c(t),d(t) such that:
    Then use the fact that c(t)^{2}+d(t)^{2}=1
  4. Jan 17, 2011 #3


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