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#1 2006-05-10 01:48:18

MATHSKITZO
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i

Can someone explain exactly why and how this is true? 

i^0 = 1
i^1 = i
i^2 = -1
i^3 = -i
i^4 = 1
i^5 = i

Thank you.


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#2 2006-05-10 03:07:39

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Re: i

Start out at i^1, which of course is just i.  Now what's i^2?  Well, another way to write (i)^2?  We know i is √-1, so i^2 is (√-1)^2, which of course is just -1.

Continue this pattern.  What's i*-1?  i*i*-1?  And so on...


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#3 2006-05-10 05:13:48

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Re: i

Ohhhhh, I see it now, I was thinking illogically about the fourth power.   I should have wrote it down and thought about it.

Thanks.


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