The complex numbers z and w satisfy |z| = |w| = 1 and zw is not equal to -1.

(a) Prove that \overline{z} = {1}/{z} and \overline{w} = {1}/{w}.

(b) Prove that {z + w}/{zw + 1} is a real number.

Can you please explain in detail? I'm trying to understand this. Thank you for your time.

Guest Dec 10, 2020

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(a) Let w = a + bi and z = c + di. The rest is expanding.

(b) Let w = a + bi and z = c + di. Then

\(\dfrac{w + z}{1 + wz} = \dfrac{a + c + bi + di}{1 + (a + bi)(c + di)}\)

To express this in rectangular form, we can multiply the numerator and denominator by the conjugate:

\(\dfrac{a + c + bi + di}{1 + (a + bi)(c + di)} = \dfrac{(a + c + bi + di)((1 - (a + bi)(c + di))}{(1 + (a + bi)(c + di))(1 - (a + bi)(c + di))}\)

The denominator simplifies to (1 - (a^2 + b^2)(c^2 + d^2)), which is real. The numerator simplifies to a^2 - b^2 + c^2 - d^2, which is also real. Therefore, the complex number (z + w)/(zw + 1) is real.

Guest Jan 23, 2021