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+ | Let <math>z=a+bi</math>, like above. Therefore, <math>z = a+bi = i\overline{z} = i(a-bi) = ai+b</math>. We move some terms around to get <math>bi-b = ai-a</math>. We factor: <math>b(i-1) = a(i-1)</math>. We divide out the common factor to see that <math>b = a</math>. Next we put this into the definition of <math>|z| = a^2 + b^2 = a^2 + a^2 = 2a^2 = 25</math>. Finally, <math>a = \pm\sqrt{\frac{25}{2}}</math>, and <math>a</math> has two solutions. | ||
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Latest revision as of 17:57, 16 May 2021
Problem
A function is defined by , where and is the complex conjugate of . How many values of satisfy both and ?
Solutions
Solution 1
Let , so . By definition, , which implies that all solutions to lie on the line on the complex plane. The graph of is a circle centered at the origin, and there are intersections.
Solution 2
We start the same as the above solution: Let , so . By definition, . Since we are given , this implies that . We recognize the Pythagorean triple so we see that or . So the answer is .
Solution by franzliszt
Solution 3
Let , like above. Therefore, . We move some terms around to get . We factor: . We divide out the common factor to see that . Next we put this into the definition of . Finally, , and has two solutions.
See also
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