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ok i have to divide complex numbers:

question is: 1-2i+i^3/1+i

this is what i did:

1-2i+i(-i)/1+i
1-2i-i^2/1+i
1-2i-i(-1)/1+i
1-2i+i/1+i
1-3i/1+i*1-i/1-i
1-i-3i+3i^2/1-i+i-i^2
1-i-3i+3(-1)/1-i^2
1-i-3i-3/1-(-1)
1-4i-3/2
-2-4i/2
my answer is -2i-1

is that right?

  • math help people lik really desperate!! - ,

    Be more specific with parentheses. Does the 1+i divide into only the i^3 term? Or does it divide into 1 - 2i + i^3?

  • math help people lik really desperate!! - ,

    from what you showed in your work I will asssume you meant
    (1-2i+i^3)/(1+i)

    you messed up in your first line.
    remember i^3 = i(i^2) = i(-1) = -i

    so
    (1-2i+i^3)/(1+i)
    = (1-2i - i)/1+i)
    = (1-3i)/(1+i)
    now multiply top and bottom by 1-i to get
    (1-4i - 3i^2)/(1 - i^2)
    = (4-4i)/2
    = 2 - 2i

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