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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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: ...