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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When does the real part of Zeta vanish on the critical line?

This seems to be a quite a simple problem but I cannot make it work. I am trying to find all values within a given range for which the real part of the Zeta function vanishes on the line: ...
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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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Factoring a two variable polynomial in a special way

Let $$f=x^9-x^6+4x^5y+2x^3y^2-y^4$$ I would like to factorize $f$ into form: $$(y-F_1(x))\cdots(y-F_k(x))$$ over complex numbers. How can I do it with Mathematica?
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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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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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How does Mathematica understand branchcuts of the complex logarithm?

Say I have the function $f(x) = x \tanh(\pi x) \log (x^2 +a^2)$ where $a$ is some positive real number. Then it seems to be me that Mathematica when given such a ...
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How to calculate contour integrals with Mathematica?

How to calculate the integral of $\frac{1}{\sqrt{4 z^2 + 4 z + 3}}$ over the unit circle counterclockwise for each branch of the integrand?
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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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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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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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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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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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Draw the image of a complex region

I'm working on a complex question that asks that I determine a function that maps the complement of the region $D=\{z:|z+1|\le 1\}\cup\{z: |z-1|\le 1\}$ onto the upper half plane. That is, $f$ must ...
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Conjugating symbolic expression

I am trying to conjugate a symbolic expression, and I have explicitly stated the real terms. However, I simply can't get it to work: ...
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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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What can I do to eliminate the error FindFit::nrjnum:?

I am testing the "Power Law with finite-time singularity" hypothesis for world population growth for a project. The data I'm using (same behaviour should also be exhibited by the stock market, thats ...
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Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments?

Does the Im function work with symbolic arguments? ...
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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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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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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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Image of first quadrant under $f(z)=(z+i)/(z-i)$

I'm able to plot the region where Im[z] > 0 and Re[z] > 0: ...
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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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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 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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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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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 there is a small imaginary part [closed]

I encountered a problem. I have a eigenvector eigvsI[1] ...
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Plotting a complex function [duplicate]

What does it mean if this message appears: {Im[(1-E^Times[<<3>>] f)/(1-Power[<<2>>] f)]-0,Im[(1-E^Times[<<3>>] f)/(1-Power[<<2>>] f)]-0} must be a list of equalities or ...
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Conjugate and simplify

I want to get a cosine from taking the real part of a complex exponential: $cos(x) = Re(exp(i x))$. What I do in Mathematica is ...
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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 ...