## Complex Numbers

## Complex Numbers-

Complex numbers come into existence when the square of a number is negative because we know it very well that the square of a number will always be positive doesn’t matter whether the number is positive or negative.

In cases like or here, if we solve, we find the square of x=-1. We say that x is not real here. Generally, these types of cases are considered as Complex numbers. Complex numbers were first observed by mathematician** Girolamo Cardano** (1501-1575). In his book **Ars Magna**, he discussed the mechanics of complex numbers in details and thus he started Complex Algebra.

**Standard form of Complex Numbers-**

Complex numbers are defined as expressions of the form a + ib where a,b R & i =

It is denoted by Z i.e. z= a + ib.

‘a’ is called as real part of z= (Re z)

and ‘b’ is called as imaginary part of z =(Im z).

i** or IOTA- **iota is a unique symbol. it’s the ninth letter of Latin alphabet. It’s used to denote imaginary numbers whose square root is -1.

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