First of all, this is not a math course, and we will not spend much time dealing with mathematical details. The course is based on intuition, not mathematical details. That being said, here are some math review material that you might find useful in conceptualizing some of the material in this class.
Pi, Sin, Cos
Besides for basic operations like addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, we also need to worry about trigonometry. These mostly revolve around the value of Pi, and functions Sin and Cos.
The value of Pi (first ~1000 digits) is:
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Pi is an irrational number (meaning that you can't write it down exactly, as a fraction). The best you can do is approximate it.
The value of Pi is actually how many diameters it takes to go around a circle.
A useful graphic to remember is the unit circle:
You can imagine the X axis being the Cos, and Y axis being the Sin. (ie: Cos(0) = 1, and Sin(0) = 0). Here's the Sin function:
And here's the Cos function:
(notice that they're mostly the same, except for the phase shift).
Imaginary numbers aren't really imaginary. Or to put it another way, all numbers are imaginary, so we might as well not think of imaginary numbers as anything magical. An imaginary number is just sqrt(-1). That's it. Often (to be confusing?) people write it as i.
So for example, if you have something like sqrt(-25), then you can write it as sqrt(25)*sqrt(-1), which nicely translates into 5*sqrt(-1) or 5i.
Well, obviously you can't compute sqrt(-1), but you can still use these things in your calculations, and once you start working with them, interesting things start to happen. For example, what's i squared? ie: sqrt(-1)*sqrt(-1) is... -1.
Notice that the pattern continues to repeat. You can visualize it as a circle:
A complex number is just a `real' number plus an imaginary number. It is often seen as a tuple, with a real part and an imaginary part. ie: (a + bi), where a is a real part, and bi is the imaginary part. Notation for complex numbers often avoids the + sign; just write: (a, bi).
There really isn't anything `complex' about complex numbers (just like there isn't anything `imaginary' about imaginary numbers). Both are just often convenient number systems.
How would you define addition/subtraction of complex numbers? (btw: It is best not to try to memorize this.)
Lets add (a+bi) and (c+di). What would be the result? For `easier' handling, we can `expand' that into: (a+b*sqrt(-1)) and (c+d*sqrt(-1)).
Drop the parenthesis: a + b*sqrt(-1) + c + d*sqrt(-1), and you end up with: a+c + (b+d)*sqrt(-1), or simply a+c + (b+d)i.
So, to put it simply, addition is defined as: (a, bi) + (c, di) = (a+c, (b+d) i). For example, to add (5, 7i) and (8, 3i), you'd get: (5+8, (7+3)i), or simply (13, 10i). Easy, isn't it? Now come up with subtraction...
Multiplication is a bit more involved, but follows the same idea (again, don't memorize the equation; memorize how we get it): Lets say we want to multiply (a+bi) and (c+di). Let us `expand' it for clarity: (a+b*sqrt(-1)) and (c+d*sqrt(-1)).
So what we want to do is: (a + b*sqrt(-1)) * (c + d*sqrt(-1)).
Now you just multiply it out:
Division is even more involved, and won't be described here.
Now, something really interesting starts to happen when we move to polar coordinate system; what we end up with is this:
You can view the number (a, bi) as a location x,y, where x=a and y=b.
The angle of the `line' to that point is calculated by arctan(a/b), or tan-1(a/b), whichever notation you prefer. The radius of the line is just the distance to that point, which is sqrt(a2 + b2)
Going back is easy too... a = radius * cos(angle), and b = radius * sin(angle).
And now for the interesting bit: If you do multiplication in polar
coordinates, it turns out into addition of angles, and multiplication of
Now, consider that the radius is always 1 (like above picture). We can now easily find what are called nth root of unity. For example, slice up the circle into n equal sized chunks. Lets say n=8, so each chunk is 45 degrees. Now, if you multiply out all those 8 distinct `numbers' (on the circle) then you'll end up with (1, 0) - since all the angles will add up to 2Pi, which is equivalent to angle 0.
Roots of unity are useful when calculating Fourier Transforms.