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w = x x 2 + y 2 + - y x 2 + y 2 i .

We then have

z × w = ( x + y i ) × ( x x 2 + y 2 + - y x 2 + y 2 i = x 2 x 2 + y 2 - - y 2 x 2 + y 2 + ( x - y x 2 + y 2 + y x x 2 + y 2 ) i = x 2 + y 2 x 2 + y 2 + 0 x 2 + y 2 i = 1 + 0 i = 1 ,

as desired.

Prove parts (1) and (2) of [link] .

One might think that these kinds of improvements of the real numbers will go on and on. For instance, we might next have to create and adjoin another object j so that the number i has a square root; i.e., so that the equation i - z 2 = 0 has a solution. Fortunately and surprisingly, this is not necessary,as we will see when we finally come to the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra in [link] .

The subset of C consisting of the pairs x + 0 i is a perfect (isomorphic) copy of the real number system R . We are justifiedthen in saying that the complex number system extends the real number system, and we will say that a real number x is the same as the complex number x + 0 i . That is, real numbers are special kinds of complex numbers. The complex numbers of the form 0 + y i are called purely imaginary numbers. Obviously, the only complex number that is both real and purely imaginary is the number 0 = 0 + 0 i . The set C can also be regarded as a 2-dimensional space, a plane, and it is also helpful to realize that the complex numbers form a 2-dimensional vector space over the fieldof real numbers.

If z = x + y i , we say that the real number x is the real part of z and write x = ( z ) . We say that the real number y is the imaginary part of z and write y = ( z ) .

If z = x + y i is a complex number, define the complex conjugate z ¯ of z by z ¯ = x - y i .

The complex number i satisfies i 2 = - 1 , showing that the negative number - 1 has a square root in C , or equivalently that the equation 1 + z 2 = 0 has a solution in C . We have thus satisfied our initial goal of extending the real numbers. But what about other complex numbers?Do they have square roots, cube roots, n th roots? What about solutions to other kinds of equations than 1 + z 2 ?

  1. Prove that every complex number has a square root. HINT: Let z = a + b i . Assume w = x + y i satisfies w 2 = z , and just solve the two equations in two unknowns that arise.
  2. Prove that every quadratic equation a z 2 + b z + c = 0 , for a , b , and c complex numbers, has a solution in C . HINT: If a = 0 , it is easy to find a solution. If a 0 , we need only find a solution to the equivalent equation
    z 2 + b a z + c a = 0 .
    Justify the following algebraic manipulations, and then solve the equation.
    z 2 + b a z + c a = z 2 + b a z + b 2 4 a 2 - b 2 4 a 2 + c a = ( z + b 2 a ) 2 - b 2 4 a 2 + c a .

What about this new field C ? Does every complex number have a cube root, a fourth root, does every equation have a solution in C ? A natural instinct would be to suspect that C takes care of square roots, but that it probably does not necessarily have higher order roots.However, the content of the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, to be proved in [link] , is that every equation of the form P ( z ) = 0 , where P is a nonconstant polynomial, has a solution in C . This immediately implies that every complex number c has an n th root, for any solution of the equation z n - c = 0 would be an n th root of c .

The fact that the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra is true is a good indication that the field C is a “good” field. But it's not perfect.

In no way can the field C be made into an ordered field. That is, there exists no subset P of C that satisfies the two positivity axioms.

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