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For my system of equations, the procedure described in Solving complex equations of using Reduce works no more. How can I separate the real and imaginary part of the equations? Because then I could use Solve[equations, vars, Reals]. Nevertheless I hope for a simpler way to overcome this issue.


Vector = {v1, v2, v3, v4};
Matrix = {{c11, c12, c13, c14}, 
          {c21, c22, c23, c24}, 
          {c31, c32, c33, c34}, 
          {c41, c42, c43, c44}};
Reduce[Table[0 == Sum[Matrix[[r, k]] Vector[[k]], {k, 4}], {r, 4}] && 
 Element[{v1Real, v1Complex, v2Real, v2Complex, v3Real, v3Complex, v4Real, v4Complex}, Reals],
 {v1Real, v1Complex, v2Real, v2Complex, v3Real, v3Complex, v4Real, v4Complex}] /. 
 {v1 -> v1Real + I v1Complex, v2 -> v2Real + I v2Complex, v3 -> v3Real + I v3Complex, v4 -> v4Real + I v4Complex}
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We could likely provide something more useful to you if on;y you'd explicitly mention what your "system of equations" are. –  Guess who it is. May 2 '13 at 12:05
The way you defined the equations you can only expect trivial solutions. Try to check eq = (# == 0) & /@ (matrix . vector);Solve[eq, vector, Complexes]. Also be careful with the fact that initiating symbols with capital letters are avoided in Mathematica. –  PlatoManiac May 2 '13 at 12:41
I want to introduce some symmetry properties into the vector as in my case the vector represents the density matrix, i.e. Complexes is no intuitive option! –  strpeter May 2 '13 at 14:10
It's a linear system. You can use LinearSolve. Then, if you must, separate the symbolic solution into real and imaginary parts using Re and Im. –  Daniel Lichtblau May 2 '13 at 14:44

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