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Product Theorem

Simplified way to multiply complex numbers.

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What if you were given two complex numbers in polar form, such as 2(cosπ2+isinπ2),7(cos3π2+isin3π2) and asked to multiply them? Would you be able to do this? How long would it take you?

After completing this Concept, you'll know the Product Theorem, which will make it easier to multiply complex numbers.

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In the first part of this video you'll learn about the product of complex numbers in trigonometric form.

James Sousa: The Product and Quotient of Complex Numbers in Trigonometric Form

Guidance

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 r1(cosθ1+isinθ1) and the second number be r2(cosθ2+isinθ2). The product can then be simplified by use of three facts: the definition i2=1, the sum identity cosαcosβsinαsinβ=cos(α+β), and the sum identity sinαcosβ+cosαsinβ=sin(α+β).

Now that the numbers have been designated, proceed with the multiplication of these binomials.

r1(cosθ1+isinθ1)r2(cosθ2+isinθ2)r1r2(cosθ1cosθ2+icosθ1sinθ2+isinθ1cosθ2+i2sinθ1sinθ2)r1r2[(cosθ1cosθ2sinθ1sinθ2)+i(sinθ1cosθ2+cosθ1sinθ2)]r1r2[cos(θ1+θ2)+isin(θ1+θ2)]

Therefore:

r1(cosθ1+isinθ1)r2(cosθ2+isinθ2)=r1r2[cos(θ1+θ2)+isin(θ1+θ2)]

We can use this general formula for the product of complex numbers to perform computations.

Example A

Find the product of the complex numbers 3.61(cos56.3+isin56.3) and 1.41(cos315+isin315)

Solution: Use the Product Theorem, r1(cosθ1+isinθ1)r2(cosθ2+isinθ2)=r1r2[cos(θ1+θ2)+isin(θ1+θ2)].

3.61(cos56.3+isin56.3)1.41(cos315+isin315)=(3.61)(1.41)[cos(56.3+315)+isin(56.3+315)=5.09(cos371.3+isin371.3)=5.09(cos11.3+isin11.3)

Note: Angles are expressed 0θ360 unless otherwise stated.

Example B

Find the product of 5(cos3π4+isin3π4)3(cosπ2+isinπ2)

Solution: First, calculate r1r2=53=53 and θ=θ1+θ2=3π4+π2=5π4

53(cos5π4+isin5π4)

Example C

Find the product of the numbers r1=1+i and r2=3i by first converting them to trigonometric form.

Solution:

First, convert 1+i to polar form:

r1=12+12=2θ1=arctan11=π4

And now do the same with 3i:

r2=32+(1)2=2θ2=arctan13=π6

And now substituting these values into the product theorem:

r1×r2=(2)(2)(cos(π6+π4)+isin(π6+π4))(2)(2)(cos(π12)+isin(π12))

Guided Practice

1. Multiply together the following complex numbers. If they are not in polar form, change them before multiplying.

256,7113

2. Multiply together the following complex numbers. If they are not in polar form, change them before multiplying.

3(cosπ+isinπ),10(cos5π3+isin5π3)

3. Multiply together the following complex numbers. If they are not in polar form, change them before multiplying.

2+3i,5+11i

Solutions:

1. 256,7113=(2)(7)(56+113)=14169

2. 3(cosπ+isinπ),10(cos5π3+isin5π3)=(3)(10)cis(π+5π3)=30cis8π3=30cis2π3

3. 2+3i,5+11i change to polar

x=2,y=3r=22+32=133.61tanθ=32θ=56.31x=5,y=11r=(5)2+112=14612.08tanθ=115θ=114.44
(3.61)(12.08)(56.31+114.44)=43.61170.75

Concept Problem Solution

Since you want to multiply

2(cosπ2+isinπ2),7(cos3π2+isin3π2)

where r1=2,r2=7,θ1=π2,θ2=3π2,

you can use the equation

r1r2[cos(θ1+θ2)+isin(θ1+θ2)]

and calculate:

(2)(7)[cos(π2+3π2)+isin(π2+3π2)]

This simplifies to:

14[cos(2π)+isin(2π)]=14[1+i0]=14

Explore More

Multiply each pair of complex numbers. If they are not in trigonometric form, change them before multiplying.

  1. 3(cos32+isin32)2(cos15+isin15)
  2. 2(cos10+isin10)10(cos12+isin12)
  3. 4(cos45+isin45)8(cos62+isin62)
  4. 2(cos60+isin60)12(cos34+isin34)
  5. 5(cos25+isin25)2(cos115+isin115)
  6. 3(cos70+isin70)3(cos85+isin85)
  7. 7(cos85+isin85)2(cos40+isin40)
  8. (32i)(1+i)
  9. (1i)(1+i)
  10. (4i)(3+2i)
  11. (1+i)(1+4i)
  12. (2+2i)(3+i)
  13. (13i)(2+i)
  14. (1i)(1i)
  15. Can you multiply a pair of complex numbers in standard form without converting to trigonometric form?

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