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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Compiling Error functions of complex values

According to List of compilable functions Erf and Erfc are compilable functions. However, I want to make a compiled version of ...
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Complex line integral

Can someone recommend an online article or introductory tutorial that will show me how to do real and complex line integrals using Mathematica?
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Contour plot doesn't look right

I have an implicit function expression ...
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Adding multiple Complex Numbers in Euler form

Say I have a series of $n$ complex numbers of the form $A_k e^{(I \ \theta_k x)} $ where $A_k$ is a real number and so is $\theta_k$ and $k$ runs from $1$ to $n$. $x$ is an algebraic symbol. ...
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Solving cubic equation for real roots

I'm looking to solve the following cubic equation for x: $\beta\, x^3 - \gamma \,x = c$. I have plugged in some sample values ($\beta = 2$, $\gamma = 5$ and $c = 2$). When I try to solve this ...
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Forcing FindRoot to return only real solutions

FindRoot documentation reports that if the equation and the initial point are reals, the solutions are searched in the real domain. However, in the following case I ...
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How to eliminate the zero real part of a purely imaginary number?

In Mathematica 9, a purely imaginary number, e.g. 0.9 I, will display as 0. + 0.9i in the output form. How can I eliminate the ...
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Manipulate[]'ing complex roots of an equation using a 2D slider [closed]

I want to make a demonstration of how the complex roots of a polynomial change when I alter the coefficients. Here is my attempt: ...
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Show does not combine the plots

i've the following problem: because it's not possible to plot complex numbers (or is it?) i created my own "function": ...
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Why am I not getting Indeterminate for f[1] when f[x_] = (x - 1)/(x - 1)? [closed]

In Mathematica 9 If I write: f[x_] = (x - 1)/(x - 1) I get 1 And if then I write: ...
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How can I convert a complex number a+b I to the exponent form A Exp(I phi)?

When I have an expression such as: (1/4 + I/4) ((1 - 2 I) x + Sqrt[3] y) it is hard to get an intuition of the number. So I want to convert it to the complex ...
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Linear equation with complex numbers

I have to solve an equation of the type $$a z+b \overline{z}=c$$ with $a,b,c\in\mathbb{C}$. My approach is to set $F(z)=a z+b \overline{z}-c$ transform $z$ to $x+i y$ and then get a real linear ...
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Bifurcation diagrams for multiple equation systems

I am interested in constructing a bifurcation diagram for some of my parameters (especially for β and γ) in the dynamical system given in the code below. I want to see how parameter changes affect the ...
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Plotting an Argand Diagram

I have the function: $F(\omega) = \frac{5\; - \;i\;\omega}{5^2\; +\; \omega^2}$ When $\omega$ has the values : $\{ -7, -2,\; 0,\; 2,\; 7\}$ How would I plot the Argand diagram in Mathematica? Or ...
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Exporting/Importing a Table of complex numbers

I'm generating a long table of list of the form: PN={{1,2,1+i},{3.5,2.6,2}...},{...},... Using: Export["PN.dat", PN, "Table"] ...
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Why does Mathematica choose branches as it does in this situation?

Consider these integrals: ...
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Moving the location of the branch cut in Mathematica

According to the documentation, Mathematica chooses the branch cut for $\log(z)$ to lie along the negative real axis. It it possible to change this so that it lies along the positive axis or elsewhere ...
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Eigensystem, Eigenvalue doesn't output nonreal eigenvalues

Basically I have a matrix and when I used either Eigenvalue or Eigensystem, it doesn't output nonreal eigenvalues, instead it ...
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Testing for primality in quadratic rings?

Testing for primality in $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-1}]$ in Mathematica is easy: PrimeQ[n, GaussianIntegers -> True] But how can I test for primality in, say, ...
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Symbolic Integration along contour: branch cut problem?

Context Following this question on path integrals in the complex plane, having defined again a numerical and symbolic integrator along a path as ...
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Dual complex integral over implicit path using contour plot

Context I am interested in doing double contour integral over paths which are defined implicitely. For the sake of debugging, let's assume its $$\oint_{\cal C}\oint_{\cal C} \frac{1}{u\, x} d u d x$$ ...
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Symbolic integration in the complex plane

Context While answering this question, I defined (symbolic and numerical) path integrations as follows ...
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Finding residues of multi-dimensional complex functions

Say I have a function $f$ of $n$ complex variables, $\{ z_i \}_{i=1}^{i=Nc}$. And then I want to contour integrate the expression such that for each $z_i$ its an integration on an unit circle about ...
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Is Abs[z]^2 a bad way to calculate the square modulus of z?

For a numerical quantity z, Abs[z] returns the square root of the sum of the squares of the real and imaginary parts of ...
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Is there a way to solve the Apollonius Circle problem in Mathematica?

Assuming x, a, and b are complex numbers, is there a way to reduce the equation Abs[x - a] == k Abs[x - b] to something like ...
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How can I plot the complex graph of $x^x$ in Mathematica? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to plot imaginary part of a function Plotting Complex Quantity Functions For example, this Wolfram Alpha query shows this graph: But it does not show the code for ...
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Simple contour integral with a parameter gone wrong

I run into the following problem, I tried to evaluate a very simple integral: Assuming[ a > 0 , Integrate[Sin[a*s]/(s - I)^2, {s, -Infinity, Infinity}]] ...
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Complex number operations: telling Mathematica variables are real

I want to do Conjugate[a + b*I], but when I do that, the solution is Conjugate[a] - I*Conjugate[b]; when for me, a and b are ...
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Mathematica Plotting of complex and convolution integrals

I was trying to plot the following: ...
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How can I generate this “domain coloring” plot?

I found this plot on Wikipedia: Domain coloring of $\sin(z)$ over $(-\pi,\pi)$ on $x$ and $y$ axes. Brightness indicates absolute magnitude, saturation represents imaginary and real magnitude. ...
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How to reduce expressions with complex coefficients in the form of a+0.*I

I'm trying to get an eigenvalue equation in Mathematica, and the result is an expression with coefficients of the form a + 0. I. For example, Is there any clever ...
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Plotting complex Sine

I've got another plotting problem. I want to plot Sin[z] where z is complex. So, I've tried the following: ...
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Get Mathematica to simplify $\cosh(i x)$ [closed]

I want Mathematica to simplify Cosh[I x] to Cos[x] if I tell Mathematica that x is Real. I ...
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Is it possible to set a variable as a positive one in the whole notebook?

I'm having issues during integration due to the fact that Mathematica doesn't know if an undefined variable is positive or not (it gives me complexes which bothers me in the end). For example I do ...
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Solving complex equations

I feel like I am missing a basic, but key point when using Mathematica's Solve or Reduce. ...
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Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments?

Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments? ...
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Is there a simple way to plot complex numbers satisfying a given criteria

I think this should be straightforward, but I cannot seem to find a good source on how to do it after searching around, so I'm trying to sketch sets of complex numbers that meet a given for criteria. ...
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Visualizing a Complex Vector Field near Poles

I've been playing around with a visualization technique for complex functions where one views the function $f: \mathbb{C} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ as the vector field $f: \mathbb{R^2} \rightarrow ...
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Finding real roots of negative numbers (for example, $\sqrt[3]{-8}$)

Say I want to quickly calculate $\sqrt[3]{-8}$, to which the most obvious solution is $-2$. When I input $\sqrt[3]{-8}$ or Power[-8, 3^-1], Mathematica gives the ...
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Derivative of real functions including Re and Im

When deriving functions using Re, Im or Arg (and probably some other functions as well), ...
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Plotting Complex Quantity Functions

Trying to plot with complex quantities seems not to work properly in what I want to accomplish. I would like to know if there is a general rule/way of plotting when you have complex counterparts in ...
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presenting a real number as real instead of imaginary

I have an equation which results in an answer of the form $\frac{i a}{\sqrt{c-d}}$ is there any way to get Mathematica to present it in it's real form? like $\frac{a}{\sqrt{d-c}}$ I know that I ...
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How to specify assumptions before evaluation?

If I request mathematica evaluate an integral for me, I'll often get a more general ConditionalExpression than I want. Example : ...
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RootSearch for complex or multiple equations

First the background. I'm trying to solve for the roots of a rather messy complex equation. This is not the exact equation, but it's a decent (simpler) stand in: ...