Posted by kevin on Friday, November 3, 2006 at 8:24pm.
z^4 + 81 = 0 (solve)
change it to polar, then take the root.
z= 3@180/4 + n90 where n=0, 1, 2, 3
z= 3@180/4 + 3*90=3@315
you can check it at the other roots also.
this is what i did:
z^4 = - 81
z (81 cis 180)^1/4
81 ^ 1/4 cis 1/4 * 180
3 cis 45 therefore 360/4 = 90*
3 cis 45*
3 cis 135*
3 cis - 135*
3 cis - 45*
That is it. You get four roots, the same as mine. I did not use positive and negative angles, just positive. That is a preference I have. It is easier for me to think of rotation in one direct, so your -45 is 315 for me.
thanks for the help, a bit confusing trying to read explanations for maths over the internet but hey we got the right answers. :)
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