Deriving and Graphing Complex Roots of Unity 
Deriving and Graphing Complex Roots of Unity
by Bethel / Bill Kinney
Video Lecture 22 of 26
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Date Added: July 29, 2017

Lecture Description

Complex Analysis, Video #22 (Complex Arithmetic, Part 22).

When you find roots of complex numbers, you get more than one answer (roots are "multi-valued functions"). We're focusing at the moment on finding roots of "unity" (one). The notation 1^(1/3), for instance, represents all possible cube roots of one. We get more than one answer because of the multiplicity of polar representations of complex numbers. Using the polar form of a possible root, we can easily derive the roots. In this video, the main example is to find the 12th roots of unity, 1^(1/12). Find the 12 distinct roots in polar form and then use ListPlot and Table to plot the roots. Also use Graphics and Line along with Table to graph line segments from the origin to the roots. Notice that they are all 30 degrees apart, which makes sense because 360/12 = 30. Also note that we could connect successive roots and get a regular 12-gon (dodecagon).

Course Index

  1. The imaginary unit and how to add complex numbers
  2. Complex Addition and the Parallelogram Law. Use ListPlot on Mathematica to make the plot.
  3. Complex Number Addition and the Parallelogram Law. Use of Mathematica to create vectors.
  4. Complex Number Addition, Parallelogram Law, Triangle Inequality, and Manipulate on Mathematica
  5. Modulus of a Complex Number, Triangle Inequality, Manipulate and Locator on Mathematica
  6. Complex Number Subtraction in terms of Vectors, Manipulate and Locator on Mathematica
  7. Introduction to Multiplying Complex Numbers and Geometrically Interpreting the Product
  8. Complex Multiplication in terms of Moduli and Arguments. Use Mathematica to illustrate.
  9. Confirm the Geometry of Complex Number Multiplication with Manipulate and Locator. Principal Value.
  10. Complex Number Reciprocals (Multiplicative Inverses), approached Algebraically
  11. Complex Multiplicative Inverses, Complex Division, and Complex Conjugates
  12. Complex Conjugates, Complex Division, and Visualization on Mathematica.
  13. Introduction to the Polar Form of a Complex Number and Complex Multiplication
  14. Polar Form of Complex Numbers, both with "Cis" & with "e" (Euler's Formula)
  15. De Moivre's Formula and Trigonometric Identities (mistake at the end...see description below)
  16. De Moivre, Trig Identities, Sine and Cosine in Terms of Exponentials
  17. A Real Integral done using Complex Arithmetic (Euler's Formula)
  18. Check the use of Cosine as an Exponential to the Evaluation of an Integral.
  19. Powers of Complex Numbers (and an intro to "Table" on Mathematica).
  20. Using Mathematica to Visualize Powers of Complex Numbers
  21. Dynamic Behavior of Powers of Complex Numbers, Intro to Roots and Multi-Valued Functions
  22. Deriving and Graphing Complex Roots of Unity
  23. Graphing Complex Roots with Mathematica
  24. More on Visualizing Complex Roots with Mathematica
  25. Introduction to Basic Topology of the Complex Plane (Define an Open Disk)
  26. Open Sets in the Complex Plane and illustrating the definition with Mathematica

Course Description

This is a mini crash course providing all you need to know to understand complex numbers, and study Complex Analysis. Mathematica is used to help visualize the complex plane.


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