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The equation of the line joining the complex numbers -5+4i and 7+2i can be expressed in the form $$az + b \overline{z} = 38$$ for some complex numbers a and b. Find the ordered pair (a,b).

Sep 4, 2020

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Deleted as it was nonsense! See Guest#5 answer below.

Sep 4, 2020
edited by Alan  Sep 5, 2020
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Thank you so much Alan!

littlemixfan  Sep 4, 2020
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Hi Alan, I was just wondering. The questions say that a and b are complex numbers but your solutions are not complex numbers.

littlemixfan  Sep 4, 2020
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a and b can't be real numbers, if they were we would have

a(x+ iy) + b(x - iy) = 38, (where z = x + iy),

and on equating reals and imaginaries,

(a + b)x = 38 and (a - b)y = 0, so a = b.

That doesn't make much sense in the context of the question.

So, let

$$\displaystyle a = a_{1} + a_{2} i \quad\text{and }\quad b = b_{1}+b_{2}i$$

then, after substituting and equating reals and imaginaries,

$$\displaystyle a_{1}x-a_{2}y+b_{1}x+b_{2}y = 38,\\ \text{and} \\ a_{1}y+a_{2}x-b_{1}y+b_{2}x=0.$$

Now substituting the two points (-5, 4) and (7, 2), yields 4 equations in the 4 unknowns.

which produce the solutions

$$\displaystyle a = 1-6i \quad \text{and}\quad b = 1+6i.$$

$$\displaystyle (1-6i)z+(1+6i)\overline{z}=38$$

is satisfied by both z = -5 + 4i and z = 7 + 2i,

and the general equation

$$\displaystyle (1-6i)(x+iy)+(1+6i)(x-iy)=38 \\ \text{simplifies to} \\ x+6y=19, \\ \text{which is the equation of the line between the two points.}$$

Guest Sep 5, 2020
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You are quite right!

I've deleted my answer.

Alan  Sep 5, 2020