# Whats wrong here?

1. May 1, 2006

### fargoth

$$sin(z)=2$$
$$e^{iz}-e^{-iz} = 4i$$
$$e^{2iz}-4ie^{iz} = 1$$
$$iz \ln (e^{iz}-4i) = 0$$
$$z=0$$

when solving it by
$$w = e^{iz}$$
$$w^2-4wi-1 = 0$$
i get one more solution, why is the first way not as good as the second way?

2. May 1, 2006

### HallsofIvy

Staff Emeritus
ln(ab)= ln(a)+ ln(b), not ln(a)*ln(b).

If $$e^{2iz}-4ie^{iz} = 1$$
then $$e^{iz}(e^{iz}- 4i)= 1$$
so $$iz+ ln(e^{iz}- 4i)= 0$$
NOT $$iz \ln (e^{iz}-4i) = 0$$

3. May 2, 2006

### fargoth

hehe, right, that was a dumb mistake
thank you for pointing it out.