Questions about using complex numbers in Mathematica. This includes basic arithmetic, functions of complex numbers, plotting complex functions, and dealing with branch cuts.

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How to declare a function as real in order to get rid of Conjugate in front of the expressions?

I have a complicated complex function containing some other ones that are real, f=f(A,B,C,...) ,where A=A(r) and it is real, for ...
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Please explain this unexpected code snippet behavior [duplicate]

Consider a function that maps a complex function z->f(z) to it's multivariable counterpart (x,y)->f(x,y) ...
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Factoring the imaginary unit

Suppose you have this: Collect[2 u + I + 2 + I,I] It gives the same. Is it possible to factor I in elegant way (not ...
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How to express $f(x,y) = u(x,y) + i\, v(x,y)$ as $f(z)$ [closed]

The $f(x,y)$ is actually a series with complex parts. I'd prefer not working this out by hand.
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Why does FreeQ seem not to work with complex numbers?

I guess I do not understand how Mathematica evaluates this simple expression inside FreeQ ...
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Plotting a set of points given by a complex expression [closed]

A have the set consisting of the complex numbers $1+3r \cosθ−ir \sinθ$, where $r∈[0,1]$ and $θ$ may vary between $0$ and $2π$. This is my first encounter with Mathematica, and am having difficulty ...
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How to calculate residues using different branches of the logarithm

My goal is to be able to compute the residues of something like $z^{\alpha} R(z)$ where $0 < \alpha < 1$, $R(z)$ is rational, and the exponential can be chosen with any branch. I found a way to ...
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How can I find all solutions of a complicated expression in a desired interval with Mathematica?

I have an expression which is a combination of Bessel functions: ...
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Plotting complex function

(9 Tanh[x]^8 (1 - 2 Tanh[x]^2)^2 (1 - Tanh[x]^2))/(1 + 3 I Sqrt[2/13])^2 How can I plot the function with the range of x {-10,10}?
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Wrong result after Simplify of a complex variable with assumptions satisfying an inequality

Using Mathematica 10,Simplify[a\[Conjugate], Assumptions -> {(a + a\[Conjugate]) > 0}] returns a, i.e. treats ...
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Discrepancy in the series expansion of $\log(z/(z-1))$ in Mathematica 5

When I calculate the series expansion of $\log\frac{z}{z-1}$ around $0$ in Mathematica 5.2, I obtain: ...
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Applying ReplaceAll to I (imaginary unit) [closed]

Why does I/.I->-I return -I but Exp[-I]/.I->-I yields ...
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Compute and Plot the element of a complex sequence

I'm new tho mathematica. I have a complex sequence ${z_n}$ with $z_0:=c$ $z_{n+1}=(z_n)^2+c$ for all $n\in N$ where c is some complex number, I need to plot the first 20 terms of this sequence ...
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Conjugate of I \[Phi] [closed]

I have a bigger expression of which I have to take the conjugate. But this is in itself perplexing. When I write ComplexExpand[Conjugate[I\[Phi]]] I just get ...
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Plotting the image of a curve under a complex polynomial using Mathematica

I would be able to plot the image of a curve (say the circle with radius $1$ centered at $1+i$) under a complex polynomial (say $p(z)=z^2$) using Mathematica. I know how to find the level curves of ...
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How to plot the solution of a Partial Differential Equation?

My attempt. I need to solve numerically the Complex Ginzburg-Laudau Equation (CGLE): $$ \frac{\partial A}{\partial t}=\epsilon A-(1+i\beta)|A|^2A+(1+i\alpha)\nabla^2A $$ I'm using a uniform initial ...
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Contour Integration along a contour containing two branch points

I need to compute following contour integrations: $$f(u)=\oint_\alpha dz \sqrt{z^3+z+u} \qquad ; \qquad g(u)=\oint_\beta dz \sqrt{z^3+z+u}$$ In which $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are two contours in ...
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Real part of a sum

I would like to take the real part of the following expression: Sum[(a[i] + I b[i]) r^i/(r^2 + z^2)^i, {i, 0, 2 n}] where all of ...
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How to plot the graph of the equation F[x,y]=0 if y is real number, x is complex? [closed]

I have an equation F(x,y;a,b,c,...)=0, where x and y are variables, a,b,c,... - parameters. y is a real number, x - complex. For every given y I need to solve this equation, i.e. to find Im(x) and ...
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Complex numbers from two arrays with Real and Imaginary parts

I have two arrays, containing the real and imaginary parts of a list of complex numbers. Re = {{Re_number1},{Re_number2},...} Im = {Im_number1},{Im_number2},...} ...
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How to get the modulus of following complex number

I want to get the modulus of following (1+(x+I*y)/2+(x+I*y)^2/12)/(1-(x+I*y)/2+(x+I*y)^2/12) I use ...
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Polar color coding for complex function plots?

Having browsed this Q on plotting complex functions and the Zeta page, I don't see anything as nice as this plot from Matilde Marcolli's slides "Geometry and physics of numbers". Looks like ...
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Strange behavior of Limit in Mathematica 9 and 10 (bug?)

fixed in 10.1 Consider a complex logarithm where the branch cut is defined along the negative axis. Then for $r$ and $\eta$ real and positive we can write $ \lim_{\eta \to 0} \log(-r+ i \eta) = ...
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Complex conjugate

How do I complex conjugate a vector? ...
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Working with derivative of conjugate of a complex number

I have a complex function, lets say $g(x)$. I want to take its and its conjugate's derivative. I need the solution of derivative which must be symbolically and computationally efficient. Lets take an ...
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Factor bivariate polynomial over the complex numbers

This is very much like Factoring polynomials to factors involving complex coefficients except that I'm concerned about bivariate polynomials, not univariate polynomials. Take for example the ...
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How to calculate the phase spectrum

I have the following frequency characteristics in the Fourier domain: $$H(\omega)=\frac{-\omega^2}{63170s^{-2}-\omega^2+355.1s^{-1}i\omega}$$ How do I find the phase spectrum from this? I should ...
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For the same function, why does /. give a complex result?

I define a very simple function like this, g[k_] := 1. + 2 Sum[1/(1 + (2 n)^2), {n, 1, k}] g[50] give the result is: 1.70279. But g[n] /. n -> 50 give aother result: ...
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Optimizing complex functions

I am trying to optimize a function containing complex numbers, however I keep running into errors. Consider the simple optimization problem: ...
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How to obtain Laurent series coefficients of an (almost) arbitrary function?

I have observed that Series in Mathematica assumes that the given function is smooth in the point around which one wants to perform series expansion. For instance: ...
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Pattern matching with Complex. Feature or a bug?

fixed in 10.1 (windows) I have run into some strange behavior while doing some pattern matching. First, this works as expected: ...
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Plotting Complex Numbers - Functions of Complex Numbers [duplicate]

So I have to generate a few different plots with z, where z is a complete number... z[x_, y_] := x + y*I F[z_] := (25*Pi*z*I)/(1 + 10*Pi*z*I) First, I need to ...
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Complex number plot with inequalities [duplicate]

I need to plot the function where z is a complex number: $$S = {z:|z + 0.15|<0.6} \wedge {z:Pi/4<=arg(z)<=Pi}$$ I can do this: ...
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Differentiation of an unknown function

I have to take the partial differentiation of an unknown function. For example, take the unknown function to be $g(x)$. Then it's derivative w.r.t $x$ is $g'(x)$. By default, Mathematica ...
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Trying to get Arg[1 + I a] -> ArcTan[a]

Can Mathematica evaluate Arg[1+ I a] when a is a positive real in order to get ArcTan[a]? ...
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Singularity on a simple Plot

While solving quartic equation ...
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NIntegrate and Integrate giving different results for ill-behaved function

I'm trying to integrate the following function with Mathematica 8: $$ I(a,b)= \int_0^1 \mathrm{d}x\int_0^1\mathrm{d}y \,\theta(1-x-y) \frac{1}{x a^2-y(1-y)b^2},$$ where $\theta$ is the Heaviside ...
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How to prevent tiny complex errors in Integrate?

Integrate is adding a tiny imaginary error to an easy result. Why? And how can I stop it? ...
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Why is PolyLog[] giving weird answers for ordinary values? [duplicate]

Possibly related to this question, but it seems slightly different: Strange behaviour of PolyLog Function Wikipedia says that for real s, z<1 should be real. So I was confused when MMa returned: ...
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Plot of the set complex numbers [duplicate]

I want to show this set (eigenvalues of my matrix): ...
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Complex input for Compile makes it slow

I asked a question here and then tried to use Compile for the solution to gain even more speed. Inside Compile there is a loop ...
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Matrix form of complex numbers [closed]

Complex numbers have matrix form. But some 2x2 matrices while differ, represent the same complex number. To compare complex numbers one has to transform the matrices to the form \begin{pmatrix} a ...
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Is it possible to have Logarithm with base 1 or 0? [closed]

I am wondering is there any definition that allows logarithm to have base 0 or 1 in real or complex fields (considering Euclidean space)?? Out-coming question is if you can define a logarithm with ...
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Evaluating the real part of an expression

I want to get the Real part of this expression - shouldn't be too hard to evaluate. Why is Mathematica not evaluating but returning the same code? ...
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How to tell Mathematica that certain variables are real/imaginary, integer-valued, etc

I'm trying to expedite some quantum mechanical calculations by running them through Mathematica. Expectation values and stuff like that. When I say, for example, ...
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How do I declare that a variable represents a real number?

How do I tell Mathematica that a variable is a real number. I searched for this question here and in Google and nothing that was suggested seems to work for me. I must be missing something. My code is ...
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Problem on limit involving complex numbers

I have $${\frac{(6 k+1)^{k}}{(2 k+5)^{k}}}*(z-2 i)^k$$ and I need to find it's limit for $k$ approaching infinity. ...
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Why is it so complicated to simplify a complex conjugate? [closed]

My question is very simple. I would like to multiply a complex number by its conjugate. Unfortunately, this seems to be extremely complicated in Mathematica. Consider the very basic example: ...
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Simplification of a complex-valued expression with purely real components

(I'm including all the information here, as I'm not sure how much of it is necessary to solve the problem. For a tl;dr skip to the bottom) I've been working on a problem involving calculating ...
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How find solve the equation complex conjugate? [closed]

Tried solving it with every function I know but couldn't z*=z^2