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 can I draw a hyperbola of a complex form

How can I use Mathematica to draw locus of point in complex plane given by $||z-i|-|z+i||=1.$ I have tried few codes, but not succeed.
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Problem with complex conjugation of series data in mathematica 10

ComplexExpand in Mathematica 10 doesn't work with series data: Taylor = Series[Exp[I x], {x, 0, 4}]; ComplexExpand[Taylor\[Conjugate]] gives 1+I x-x^2/2-(I ...
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Integrating sinc function over discontinuity

I would like to analytically integrate the sinc function. First of all, if I just perform the integration the following way, everything is as expected: ...
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FiniteDifferenceDerivative of complex function in 2D--bug?

I want to compute partial derivatives of complex functions via finite difference approximation on two dimensional grid using NDsolve`FiniteDifferenceDerivative ...
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Finding consecutive residues of large expression?

I have given a large expression expr (has LeafCount of 2772, you can find it in this file or ...
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Plotting Riemann Surface of $w(z)=\sqrt{1-z^{2}}$

I'm working in the plotting the Riemann surface of two functions, namely: $$ w_{1}(z)=\sqrt{1-z^{2}} \,, $$ and $$ w_{2}(z)=\tanh\left(k\sqrt{1-z^{2}}\right)-2iz\frac{\sqrt{1-z^{2}}}{1-2z^{2}}\,, ...
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Translating syntax of a pure function

I have a matrix in complex exponential form. I want to factor out the complex exponential form and then express the inside in the a+i*b form. For example: \begin{bmatrix} e^{i \frac{\pi}{4}} ...
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What is the reason that $zz^*$ is not written as $ |z|^2$ sometimes?

For a general (complex) number $z$ I sometimes get terms that explicitly writes (for instance) $$2zz^*+|z|^2. $$ I should add that these expressions come from long calculations involving packages ...
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Plotting complex functions to find solutions

Is ParametricPlot3D the best way to plot complex functions to find solutions? The algebra for $e^z = 2 i$ tells me that there are infinite solutions at $\frac{\pi}{2} + 2 n \pi$ for all $n \in ...
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Non-algebraic equation in the set of complex numbers

The following equation in $\mathbb{C}$: $4z^2+8|z|^2-3=0$ is not algebraic and has 4 solutions : $\pm\frac{1}{2}$ and $\pm i\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}$. The Solve function in Mathematica only returns the 2 ...
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Problem with imaginary/real parts of a complex function

I have a problem with this code: ...
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Find regions in which the roots of a third degree polynomial are real

I have to find the roots of a third degree polynomial in $\phi$ that depends from 3 parameters, namely $t,s,w\in \mathbb R$. In order to do that I've used the command ...
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Why does Mathematica give this ArcSin[2] result?

The code N[ArcSin[2]] evaluates to 1.5708 − 1.31696 I but it should be undefined instead because it is on the branch ...
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Simplify not working for a real part of a complex expression [closed]

When I try to get the real part of a term, for example: $\qquad \Re\left(\frac{e^{-i k} \left(2 k^2+\pi ^2 \left(-1+e^{i k}\right)\right)}{\pi ^2-k^2}\right)$ Mathematica will output the same thing ...
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Problem with Identifying Complex Components

I am trying to isolate out the real and complex terms in a fairly large expression. During the process, I have made several assumptions that last throughout the entire process. ...
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Confusion regarding the incomplete elliptic integral of the first kind

I am trying to manipulate a conformal map from the half-plane to a square $z \rightarrow w(z)$ defined by: $$ w(z) = \int \limits^{z} dx \frac{1}{\sqrt{(1-x^2)x}} = \sqrt{2} \; ...
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Exception with GatherBy: gathering complex conjugates

I want to gather the complex-conjugates that are in a list, but with an exception: only if the imaginary part isn't zero. For example: ...
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Exclude one point from the RegionPlot

I'd like to ask you about the way of excluding just one point from this example: ...
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Simplifying an expression with complex variables

The other day I was trying to simplify the following expression of $w \in \mathbb{C}$ and $|w| < 1$: $$f(w) = \left|\frac{2}{(\frac{w+1}{1-w}+1)^2}\right|^{-\Delta} \cdot \frac{1}{\left|{\rm ...
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FullSimplify on complex numbers seems inconsistent

FullSimplify[c Conjugate[c]] returns Abs[c]^2 while FullSimplify[2 c Conjugate[c]] ...
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Plot $\arg(z)$ in an Argand diagram and display the angle

I'd like to ask you about the way to show the $\arg(z)$ annotation about the angle. My point is to show $\frac{2\pi}{3}$ and $\frac{5\pi}{6}$ on the image. What I mean: Is there any way to ...
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How to plot two lists in the same graph maintaining the scale of the points?

I need to plot two lists of complex numbers in the same graph to show some results, so I'm using the following lists to do that: ...
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Schwarz-Christoffel toolbox [closed]

Is there a toolbox for working with Schwarz-Christoffel transformations in Mathematica? More generally, is there a toolbox for visualizing conformal mappings in the complex plane? There are a lot of ...
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About taking limit of an integral on Wolfram Alpha/Mathematica [closed]

I tried computing this quantity on Wolfram Alpha, but I couldn't get any answer: ...
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Why `Chop` does not make the real part of machine complex numbers an exact zero? [duplicate]

The documentation says Chop does not make the real part of machine complex numbers an exact zero: In[2]:= Chop[10.^-12 + 2. I] Out[2]= 0. + 2. I Why does ...
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How would you calculate a contour integral? [duplicate]

How would you be able to calculate a contour integral of 1/(((z-1)^2)*(z-i)) over the contour |z-1| = 1? Not sure how to type ...
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Simplifying complex fractions

How can I simplify a complex fraction in order to get something of the shape (a + I b)/(c + I d)? Note that I would not like Mathematica to further simplify it ...
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Plot Two Circles and color their difference

I am trying to plot two circles with radius 1 and another with radius 9. Both are centered at $(0,-1)$. I then want to color in the distance between the circle of radius 9 and the circle of radius 1. ...
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Defining a General Complex Number

I am trying to compute the Complex conjugate of two complex numbers multiplied together. However, when I go to define my complex numbers as $a+b I$ and $c+dI$ it does not like $b$ and $d$ because they ...
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Finding extremums of Abs[complex function]

We have a function same as f[x_]=Cos[x] Cos[2 x] + I Sin[x] Sin[2 x] The final objective is to find all extremums of Abs[f[x]] in [0,2 pi]. But in the first ...
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Solve for when two symbolic complex numbers are equal

I'd like Mathematica to to show that two complex numbers $a + b i$ and $c + d i$ (with real coefficients $a, b, c, d$) are equal if and only if $a = c$ and $b = d$. The obvious thing does not quite ...
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How to test if elements of an array are real or complex?

I am new to Mathematica and I have to select the elements in an array that only contain real numbers and eliminate the ones that have complex parts. Basically the code that I have is an array of ...
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My evaluation is taking a lot of time

I was evaluating the roots of a transcendental equation, when I noticed that Mathematica never finishes but stays in the running state. The following is the code that I was using: ...
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Solving a differential equation with a complex (independent) varible

I'm trying to plug in complex values in the numerical solutions of ODEs without success. For instance y[I] /. NDSolve[{y'[x] == 0, y[0] == 3}, y, {x, -10, 10}] ...
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How to solve coupled complex-valued equations faster and get simplified solution

I have six coupled equations. How to solve these equations symbolically faster in Mathematica. In these equations, variables p,q,x,y are ...
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Returning all branches of a multiple-valued function

This question and answer was inspired by this closed as duplicate question. One possible definition of the n-th order root of x ...
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Derivative of conjugate multivariate function

I have a problem with Mathematica, taking the derivative of the conjugate of some function. I know that a similar question has been posed before here, but the solution did not work for multivariate ...
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Mathematica does not distribute conjugation when used with Assuming sometimes?

If I input: Assuming[$x_{-} \in$ Reals, FullSimplify[Conjugate[$e^{i x_1}x_2$]]] Then the output is: $e^{-ix_1}x_2$ As it should be. And if instead I do: Assuming[$x_{-} \in$ Reals, ...
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How do you force Mathematica to list all values of some multi-valued complex function at some point? [duplicate]

Let's say I have a complex-valued function $f(z) = \sqrt{z}$. When I plug $z = 1$ into it, it returns 1. I need it to return a list $\{-1,1\}$. Is it possible to force Mathematica to do that? I know ...
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Plotting a dispersion curve with complex wavevectors [duplicate]

I want to reproduce a dispersion curve from P. Zou's thesis found here: http://www.ipd.anl.gov/anlpubs/2001/06/39620.pdf on Pg. 31, Eq. 2.13. The problem is, the code below only gives values for the ...
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Reading from a file: complex number with small imaginary part

I'm trying to read a matrix from the next file: 1+1e-18i 24 42 23.43e-23i using u=Import["file.dat","Table"]; and then find, ...
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Evaluating Real and Imaginary parts in a dispersion equation via ContourPlot [closed]

I want to reproduce a dispersion curve from P. Zou's thesis found here: http://www.ipd.anl.gov/anlpubs/2001/06/39620.pdf on Pg. 31, Eq. 2.13. The problem is, the code below only gives values for the ...
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Order of a pole

Is there a simple way to determine the order of the poles of a rational function? I have a difficult function where I need Mathematica to find the poles. It would be interesting to also know what the ...
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Equality of expressions containing complex numbers [closed]

I am using Mathematica to test the equivalence of symbolic expressions. I run into what appears to be a bug when I test the equivalence of expressions involving an imaginary number taken to a complex ...
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Summing complex numbers

Maybe it is a very stupid question but I am having trouble with summing complex numbers in Mathematica. I have q = l1 E^(2 π I t1) + l2 E^(2 π I t2) where ...
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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 ...