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What number must we add to $3-5i$ to get $2+7i$? Here $i$ denotes the imaginary unit $\sqrt{-1}$.

 May 15, 2019
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Let the unknown (complex) number be a + bi

 

Then  3 - 5i + a + bi = 2 + 7i

 

Subtract 3 - 5i from both sides:   a + bi = 2 + 7i - 3 + 5i or a + bi = -1 + 12i  

 

Equating real and imaginery parts we have:  a = -1,  b = 12. 

 May 15, 2019
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So what number do you have to add?

 May 15, 2019
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The number you add is the complex number a + bi, which here is -1 + 12i.

Alan  May 15, 2019
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Oops sorry I got it

 May 15, 2019

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