So what exactly is a complex number?
ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand
Sat Sep 1 05:37:19 CEST 2007
In message <46d89ba9$0$30380$9b4e6d93 at newsspool4.arcor-online.net>, Wildemar
> Tim Daneliuk wrote:
>> One of the most common uses for Complex Numbers is in what are
>> called "vectors". In a vector, you have both an amount and
>> a *direction*. For example, I can say, "I threw 23 apples in the air
>> at a 45 degree angle". Complex Numbers let us encode both
>> the magnitude (23) and the direction (45 degrees) as a "number".
> 1. Thats the most creative use for complex numbers I've ever seen. Or
> put differently: That's not what you would normally use complex numbers
But that's how they're used in AC circuit theory, as a common example.
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