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Unformatted text preview: 1 APPENDIX 1: COMPLEX NUMBERS AND PROBABILITY A. Complex numbers and wave interference The number i satisfies i 2 = 1. Let us write a general complex number in cartesian and polar forms as z = x + iy = re i , where x = Re ( z ) and y = Im ( z ) are real numbers, called the real and imaginary parts of z , respectively; r is the modulus and the argument (or phase) of z . The complex conjugate of any complex expression is found by replacing i i in the expression, e.g., z = x iy is the complex conjugate of z . Since by simple geometry in the Argand plane x = rcos and y = rsin, we have e i = cos + isin . By using this formula and its complex conjugate we find the important results, e i + e i = 2 cos and e i e i = 2 isin . Modulus : Recall  z  2 = zz . In terms of the cartesian representation,  z  =  x + iy  = radicalbig x 2 + y 2 . The modulus of a product is the product of the moduli,  z 1 z 2  =  z 1  z 2  (check:  re i  =  r  e i  = r 1 , as it should.) The modulus of a sum of complex numbers is important in understanding interference of waves, i.e., the principle of superpositionof a sum of complex numbers is important in understanding interference of waves, i....
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 Fall '10
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