GRE Subject Test: Math : Imaginary Roots of Negative Numbers

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Example Question #1 : Imaginary Roots Of Negative Numbers

Evaluate: 

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Explanation:

We can set  in the cube of a binomial pattern:

Example Question #3 : Imaginary Numbers

Simplify the following product:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Multiply these complex numbers out in the typical way:

and recall that  by definition. Then, grouping like terms we get

which is our final answer.

Example Question #12 : Number Theory

Simplify:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Start by using FOIL. Which means to multiply the first terms together then the outer terms followed by the inner terms and lastly, the last terms.

Remember that , so .

Substitute in  for 

Example Question #2 : Imaginary Roots Of Negative Numbers

Simplify:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Start by using FOIL. Which means to multiply the first terms together then the outer terms followed by the inner terms and lastly, the last terms.

Remember that , so .

Substitute in  for 

Example Question #14 : Number Theory

Simplify:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Start by using FOIL. Which means to multiply the first terms together then the outer terms followed by the inner terms and lastly, the last terms.

Remember that , so .

Substitute in  for 

Example Question #3 : Imaginary Roots Of Negative Numbers

Solve for  and

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Explanation:

Remember that 

So the powers of  are cyclic. This means that when we try to figure out the value of an exponent of , we can ignore all the powers that are multiples of  because they end up multiplying the end result by , and therefore do nothing.

This means that 

Now, remembering the relationships of the exponents of , we can simplify this to:

Because the elements on the left and right have to correspond (no mixing and matching!), we get the relationships: 

No matter how you solve it, you get the values .

Example Question #4 : Imaginary Roots Of Negative Numbers

Simplify: 

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None of the Above

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Explanation:

Step 1: Split the  into .

Step 2: Recall that , so let's replace it.

We now have: .

Step 3: Simplify . To do this, we look at the number on the inside.

.

Step 4: Take the factorization of  and take out any pairs of numbers. For any pair of numbers that we find, we only take  of the numbers out.

We have a pair of , so a  is outside the radical.
We have another pair of , so one more three is put outside the radical.

We need to multiply everything that we bring outside: 

Step 5: The  goes with the 9...

Step 6: The last  after taking out pairs gets put back into a square root and is written right after the 

It will look something like this: 

Example Question #5 : Imaginary Roots Of Negative Numbers

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

There are two ways to simplify this problem: 

Method 1: 

Method 2: 

 

 

Example Question #7 : Imaginary Numbers & Complex Functions

 

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Example Question #6 : Imaginary Roots Of Negative Numbers

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