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#1 2007-01-31 13:38:41

MathsIsFun
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Real and Imaginary Numbers

I thought I should give Real and Imaginary Numbers their own pages, so here they are:

Real Numbers

Imaginary Numbers

I have tried to express the ideas simply, so please let me know:
* if it is easy to understand
* if I have over-simplified
* or any ideas you might have for improving


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#2 2007-01-31 18:42:36

Toast
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Re: Real and Imaginary Numbers

Hmmm that's pretty cool, good job on those pages smile. Aren't imaginary*real numbers complex, and not imaginary?

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#3 2007-02-02 05:22:07

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Re: Real and Imaginary Numbers

Nice page math teacher finds it useful


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#4 2007-02-02 07:22:58

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Re: Real and Imaginary Numbers

Very nice pages. I can't see any errors on there, and everything is very well explained, as always. You've got me intrigued by the non-real numbers that mathematicians like to play with though.

To Toast, multiplying a real and an imaginary number together will indeed get you a complex number, but only because every number ever is complex. The result will also be imaginary. You get exclusively complex numbers by adding real and imaginary ones.


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#5 2007-02-02 09:14:10

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Re: Real and Imaginary Numbers

Thanks, mathsy. Example: Hyperreals are an extension of Reals that include infinites and infinitesimals.

And, yes, complex numbers include imaginary, real and combinations of imaginary and real. I should write a page, hey?


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