HS Math Concept: The Complex Number System

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The Complex Number System

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Perform arithmetic operations with complex numbers.
HSN-CN.A.1. Know there is a complex number i such that i2 = –1, and every complex number has the form a + bi with a and b real. tools-icon
HSN-CN.A.2. Use the relation i2 = –1 and the commutative, associative, and distributive properties to add, subtract, and multiply complex numbers. tools-icon
HSN-CN.A.3. (+) Find the conjugate of a complex number; use conjugates to find moduli and quotients of complex numbers.  tools-icon
Represent complex numbers and their operations on the complex plane.
HSN-CN.B.4. (+) Represent complex numbers on the complex plane in rectangular and polar form (including real and imaginary numbers), and explain why the rectangular and polar forms of a given complex number represent the same number.  tools-icon
HSN-CN.B.5. (+) Represent addition, subtraction, multiplication, and conjugation of complex numbers geometrically on the complex plane; use properties of this representation for computation. For example, (–1 + √3 i)3 = 8 because (–1 + √3 i) has modulus 2 and argument 120°.  tools-icon
HSN-CN.B.6. (+) Calculate the distance between numbers in the complex plane as the modulus of the difference, and the midpoint of a segment as the average of the numbers at its endpoints.  tools-icon
Use complex numbers in polynomial identities and equations.
HSN-CN.C.7. Solve quadratic equations with real coefficients that have complex solutions.  tools-icon
HSN-CN.C.8. (+) Extend polynomial identities to the complex numbers. For example, rewrite x2 + 4 as (x + 2i)(x – 2i).  tools-icon
HSN-CN.C.9. (+) Know the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra; show that it is true for quadratic polynomials.  tools-icon