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Using De Moivre's Theorem again, we have <math>z^6 = {cos (\frac{k\pi}{2}) + i sin (\frac{k\pi}{2})}</math> | Using De Moivre's Theorem again, we have <math>z^6 = {cos (\frac{k\pi}{2}) + i sin (\frac{k\pi}{2})}</math> | ||
− | For <math>z^6</math> to be real, <math>sin(\frac{k\pi}{2})</math> has be equal <math>0</math> to negate the imaginary component. This occurs whenever <math>\frac{k\pi}{2}</math> is a multiple of <math>\pi</math> | + | For <math>z^6</math> to be real, <math>sin(\frac{k\pi}{2})</math> has be equal <math>0</math> to negate the imaginary component. This occurs whenever <math>\frac{k\pi}{2}</math> is a multiple of <math>\pi</math>, requiring that <math>k</math> is even. There are exactly <math>\boxed{12}</math> even values of <math>k</math> on the interval <math>0 \leq k<24</math>, so the answer is <math>\boxed{(D)}</math>. |
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Revision as of 02:10, 9 February 2017
Contents
Problem
There are different complex numbers such that . For how many of these is a real number?
Solution
Note that these such that are for integer . So
This is real iff is even. Thus, the answer is the number of even which is .
Solution 2
By Euler's identity, , where is an integer.
Using De Moivre's Theorem, we have , where .
Using De Moivre's Theorem again, we have
For to be real, has be equal to negate the imaginary component. This occurs whenever is a multiple of , requiring that is even. There are exactly even values of on the interval , so the answer is .
See Also
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