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Find all cube roots of 8i.

Express each root in the form a+bi, where "a" and "b" are real numbers.

Jan 26, 2022

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There are 3 roots each 2pi/3 = 4pi/6 apart

$$\sqrt[3]{8i}=-2i$$

-2i  has a anticlockwise angle of    $$\frac{3\pi}{2}=\frac{9\pi}{6}\\$$

$$\frac{9\pi}{6}-\frac{4\pi}{6}=\frac{5\pi}{6}\\ \frac{5\pi}{6}-\frac{4\pi}{6}=\frac{9\pi}{6}-\frac{4\pi}{6}=\frac{5\pi}{6}\\~\\ \text{so the 3 cubic roots are }\quad \\ 2e^{(\frac{\pi}{6})i},\quad 2e^{(\frac{5\pi}{6})i},\quad 2e^{(\frac{3\pi}{2})i}\\ \sqrt[3]{8i}=2(cos\frac{\pi}{6}+isin\frac{\pi}{6}),\;2(cos\frac{5\pi}{6}+isin\frac{5\pi}{6}),\;2(cos\frac{3\pi}{2}+isin\frac{3\pi}{2})\\ etc$$

checked:

https://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i2d=true&i=Surd%5B8i%2C3%5D

LaTex:

\frac{9\pi}{6}-\frac{4\pi}{6}=\frac{5\pi}{6}\\
\frac{5\pi}{6}-\frac{4\pi}{6}=\frac{9\pi}{6}-\frac{4\pi}{6}=\frac{5\pi}{6}\\~\\

\text{so the 3 cubic roots are }\quad \\