6.6: The Product & Quotient Theorems
Learning Objectives
 Determine the quotient theorem of complex numbers in polar form.
 Determine the product theorem of complex numbers in polar form.
 Solve everyday problems that require you to use the product and/or quotient theorem of complex numbers in polar form to obtain the correct solution.
The Product Theorem
Multiplication of complex numbers in polar form is similar to the multiplication of complex numbers in standard form. However, to determine a general rule for multiplication, the trigonometric functions will be simplified by applying the sum/difference identities for cosine and sine. To obtain a general rule for the multiplication of complex numbers in polar from, let the first number be and the second number be . The product can then be simplified by use of three facts: the definition , the sum identity , and the sum identity .
Now that the numbers have been designated, proceed with the multiplication of these binomials.
Therefore:
Quotient Theorem
Division of complex numbers in polar form is similar to the division of complex numbers in standard form. However, to determine a general rule for division, the denominator must be rationalized by multiplying the fraction by the complex conjugate of the denominator. In addition, the trigonometric functions must be simplified by applying the sum/difference identities for cosine and sine as well as one of the Pythagorean identities. To obtain a general rule for the division of complex numbers in polar from, let the first number be and the second number be . The product can then be simplified by use of five facts: the definition , the difference identity , the difference identity , the Pythagorean identity, and the fact that the conjugate of is .
In general:
Using the Product and Quotient Theorems
The following examples illustrate the use of the product and quotient theorems.
Example 1: Find the product of the complex numbers and
Solution: Use the Product Theorem, .
Note: Angles are expressed unless otherwise stated.
Example 2: Find the product of
Solution: First, calculate and
Example 3: Find the quotient of
Solution: Express each number in polar form.
Now, plug in what we found to the Quotient Theorem.
Example 4: Find the quotient of the two complex numbers and
Solution:
Points to Consider
 We have performed the basic operations of arithmetic on complex numbers, but we have not dealt with any exponents or any roots of complex numbers. How might you calculate or ?
 How might you calculate the power or root of a complex number?
Review Questions
 Multiply together the following complex numbers. If they are not in polar form, change them before multiplying.
 Part c from #1 was not in polar form. Mulitply the two complex numbers together without changing them into polar form. Which method do you think is easier?
 Use the Product Theorem to find .
 The electric power (in watts) supplied to an element in a circuit is the product of the voltage and the current (in amps). Find the expression for the power supplied if volts and amps. Note: Use the formula .
 Divide the following complex numbers. If they are not in polar form, change them before dividing. In
 Part c from #5 was not in polar form. Divide the two complex numbers without changing them into polar form. Which method do you think is easier?
 Use the Product Theorem to find . Hint: use #3 to help you.
 Using the Quotient Theorem determine .
Review Answers

 Without changing complex numbers to polar form, you mulitply by FOILing. The answer is student opinion, but they seem about equal in the degree of difficulty.

 Again, this is opinion, but in general, using the polar form is “easier.”
 From #3, . So,
 Even though 1 is not a complex number, we can still change it to polar form.