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Complex Numbers
INTRODUCTION
Consider a simple quadratic equation x2 + 4 = 0. Clearly
there is no solution of this equation in the set of real
numbers. To permit the solution of such equations the set
of complex numbers is introduced.
The solutions of the above equation are given by x2 = 4

x = - 4 = 2 1 = 2 i.
Swiss Mathematician Euler introduced the symbol i (iota)

-1 .

The square root of a negative number is called an imaginary

number.
Now for any two real numbers x and y, we can form a new
number x + iy. This number x + iy is called a complex
number. The set C of complex numbers is therefore defined
by C = {x + iy | x R, y R}
The extension of concept of numbers from real numbers
to complex numbers enabled us to solve any polynomial
equation.
A complex number is deonoted by a single letter such as z,
w etc. Given a complex number z = x + iy, x is called its
Real part and y its Imaginary Part and we denote
x = Re(z) and y = Im (z)
If y = 0, then z = x is a purely real number.
If x = 0, then z = iy is a purely imaginary number.
The complex number 0 = 0 + i0 is both purely real as well
as purely imaginary.
Two complex numbers z1 = x1 + iy1 and z2 = x2 + iy2 are
said to be equal if and only if x1 = x2 and y1 = y2.

AXIOMATIC APPROACH TOWARDS THE COMPLEX

NUMBER SYSTEM
A complex number is defined as an ordered pair (x, y) of
real numbers x and y. Thus,
C = {(x, y) | x R, y R}

If z = (x, y) then x = Re(z) and y = Im (z), z = (x, y) is

equivalent to z = x + iy.
Thus, i is equivalent to (0, 1) and z = (x, y).
IMPORTANT RESULTS TO BE MEMORISED ABOUT i
i (greek letter iota) represents positive square root of
1, so, i = - 1 . It is called imaginary unit. We have
1. i 2 = -1, i 3 = -i, i 4 = 1, i 5 = i, ........etc.
Thus for any integer k,
i4k = 1, i4k+1 = i, i4k+2 = 1, i4k+3 = i.
That is if power of i is m, m N , then divide m by 4
and find the remainder.
If the remainder is zero, then im = 1
If the remainder is one, then im = i
If the remainder is two, then im = 1
If the remainder is three, then im = i
2. The sum of four consecutive powers of i is zero, for
example, i12 + i13 + i14 + i15 = 0

a b = ab is
true only if at least one number is non negative or zero.

3. For any two real numbers a and b,

If both a and b are negative then

a b ab

In fact if a > 0 and b > 0 then

-a -b = -1 a -1 b = i a i b = - ab
OPERATIONS ON COMPLEX NUMBERS
Suppose that z1 = (x1, y1) and z2 = (x2, y2) be two complex
numbers, that is, z1 = x1 + iy1 and z2 = x2 + iy2
(i) Equality : z1 = z2, if x1 = x2 and y1 = y2
(ii) Addition : z1 + z2 = (x1 + x2, y1 + y2) or equivalently z1 +
z2 = (x1 + x2) + i (y1 + y2)

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(iii) Subtraction : z1 z2 = (x1 x2, y1 y2) or equivalently

z1 z2 = (x1 x2) + i (y1 y2)
(iv) Multiplication : z 1z 2 = (x 1x2 y1y2, x1y2 + x2y1) or
equivalently z1z2 = (x1x2 y1y2) + i (x1y2 + x2y1)
(v) Division : If z2 0 then

Clearly, modulus of a complex number is a real number.

Again let z = x + iy be a complex number. Then the complex
number x iy is called the conjugate of z and is denoted by
z or z*.
Thus, we have Re ( z ) = Re (z) and Im ( z ) = Im (z).
Note :
1. The additive inverse of z is x iy and conjugate
of z is x iy.
2. The multiplicative inverse of a non-zero complex
number z can be given by

z1 x1 x 2 + y1 y 2 y1 x 2 - y 2 x1
=
,
z 2 x 22 + y 22
x 22 + y 22

or equivalently

z1 x1x 2 + y1 y 2
=
z 2 x 22 + y 22

y x - y 2 x1

i 1 2
x 2 + y2
2
2

z -1 =

(vi) Multiplication by a real number : If z = (x, y) and m

R then mz = (mx, my) or equivalently if z = x + iy then
mz = mx + imy
ALGEBRA OF OPERATIONS
If z 1, z 2 and z3 belong to set C of complex numbers, then
following properties hold.
z
(1) Closure Property : z1 z2; z1z2 and 1 , z2 0 all also
z2

belong to C.
(2) Commutative Property : z1 + z2 = z2 + z1 and z1z2 = z2z1
(3) Associative Property : z1 + (z2 + z3) = (z1 + z2) + z3 and
z1 (z2z3) = (z1z2)z3
(4) Cancellation Property : z1 + z3 = z2 + z3 z1 = z2 and
z1z3 = z2z3 z3 = 0 or z1 = z2
(5) Distributive Property : z1 (z2 + z3) = z1z2 + z1z3
(6) Existence of Identity : 0 = (0, 0) is additive identity, i.e. 0
+z =z+0 =z " zC
1 = (1, 0) is multiplicative identity, i.e. 1(z) = (z)1 = z " z C
(7) Existence of Inverse : For every complex number z = (x,
y), we may get a unique numberz = (x, y) such that
z + (z) = (z) + z = 0. (z) is Additive Inverse.
For every complex number z = (x, y), z 0 we may get a
unique number z1 or

x
y
1
,
= 2
2
2
2
z
x +y x +y

such that

|z|=

a + b = {Re ( z )} + {Im ( z )}
2

z z = | z |2

or

IMPORTANT RESULTS TO BE MEMORISED

(i)

(z ) = z

(ii) z1 z 2 = z1 z 2

(iii) z1z 2 = z1z 2 (z n ) = ( z ) n , n N

z1 z1
, z2 0
(v) =
z 2 z2

(iv) (i z) = -i z

(vi) z + z = 2 Re( z) , which is a purely real number

(vii) z - z = 2 i Im(z ) , which is a purely imaginary number..
(viii) z = z if and only if z is purely real.
(ix) z = - z if and only if z is purely imaginary..
(x) If f(z) is a polynomial in a complex variable z, then

f (z) = f (z) [where f means the complex coefficients

are replaced by their conjugate is]
(xi) z1z 2 + z1z 2 = 2 Re( z1z 2 ) = 2 Re( z1z 2 )
a1

a2

(xii) If z = b1
c1

b2
c2

a3

a1
b3 then z = b1
c3
c1

a2
b2

a3
b3

c2

c3

where ai, bi, ci (i = 1, 2, 3) are complex numbers.

1 1
1
z = z = 1 . is multiplicative inverse.
z
z

z

[NOTE : A set with two operations on it satisfying all above

properties is called a Field.]
(8) The order relations 'greater than' and 'less than' are
not defined for non real complex numbers. The
inequalities like 2i < 0; 1 + 2i > 1; i 1< i are meaning
less.
The Modulus and the conjugate of a Complex Number
Let z = x + iy be a complex number. Then the modulus
(absolute value) of z, denoted by | z | is defined as follows :

1
x - iy
z
=
=
2
2
x + iy x + y
| z |2

ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES
4n +7

1.

The value of the sum

ik

is

k =1

(a) 0
(c) 1

(b) 1
(d) i or i, depending on n is even or odd
4n +7

Sol. We have,

k =1

4n + 7

i k = i + i 2 + i3 +

i k = i -1 - i + 0 = -1

k =4

[Note that, k = 4 to 4n + 7 contains 4n + 4 terms, a multiple

of 4]

Laws of Motion
2.

(1 + i )x - 2i (2 - 3i ) y + i
+
= i, x , y R , then
3+i
3-i
(a) x = 3, y = 1
(b) x = 3, y = 1
(c) x = 3, y = 1
(d) x = 3, y = 1

Then z1 Im( z1 z2 ) = ( x1 + iy1 ) Im ( x2 iy2 )( x3 + iy3 )

(1 + i )x - 2i (2 - 3i ) y + i
+
=i
3+i
3-i
Multiplying both sides by (3 + i) (3 i), we get
[(1 + i)x 2i] (3 i) + [(2 3i)y + i] (3 + i) = (3 + i) (3 i)i
(4x + 9y 3) + (2x 7y 3)i = 10i
4x + 9y 3 = 0 and 2x 7y 13 = 0
Solving these equations, we get x = 3, y = 1 Answer (a)

= x1 ( x2 y3 x3 y2 ) + iy1 ( x2 y3 x3 y2 )

If

= ( x1 + iy1 ) Im ( x2 x3 + y2 y3 ) + i ( x2 y3 x3 y2 )
= ( x1 + iy1 )( x2 y3 x3 y2 )

Sol. We have

3.

(cos x + i sin x)(cos y + i sin y)

If
= A + iB , then
(cot u + i )(1 + i tan v)
(a) A = sinu cosv cos (x + y u v)
(b) B = sinu cosv sin(x + y u v)
(c) A = cosu sinv cos(x + y u v)
(d) B = cosu sinv sin(x + y u v)

Sol. We have,
=

Similarly, z 2 Im( z 3z 2 ) = x 2 ( x 3 y1 x1y3 ) + iy 2 ( x 3 y1 x1 y3 )

and z3 Im(z 1 z 2 ) = x 3 ( x1y 2 x 2 y1 ) + iy 3 ( x1y 2 x 2 y1 )

5.

Clearly z1 Im( z 2 z 3 ) + z 2 Im( z 3 z1 ) + z 3 Im( z 1 z 2 ) = 0

If (x + iy)1/3 = a + ib, where x, y, a, b R, show that

x y
- = -2( a 2 + b 2 )
a b
Sol. (x + iy)1/3 = a + ib
x + iy = (a + ib)3
i.e., x + iy = a3 + i3b3 + 3iab (a + ib)
= a3 ib3 + i 3a2b 3ab2 = a3 3ab2 + i (3a2b b3)
x = a3 3ab2 and y = 3a2b b3

Thus

(cos x + i sin x )(cos y + i sin y )

sin v
cos u
+ i 1 + i

sin
u
cos
v

x
y
= a2 3b2 and
= 3a2 b2
a
b

x y
- = a2 3b2 3a2 + b2
a b
= 2a2 2b2 = 2(a2 + b2).
6.
Solve the equation z2 = z , where z = x + iy
Sol. z2 = z x2 y2 + i2xy = x iy
Therefore, x2 y2 = x
...... (1)
and 2xy = y
...... (2)

So,

sin u cos v(cos x + i sin x )(cos y + i sin y)

(cos u + i sin u )(cos v + i sin v)

[cos( u + v) + i sin( u + v)]

[cos( u + v) - i sin( u + v )]

4.

(cos x + i sin x)(cos y + i sin y)

(cot u + i )(1 + i tan v)

From (2), we have y = 0 or x =

cos 2 ( u + v ) + sin 2 ( u + v)

1
2

When y = 0, from (1), we get

x2 x = 0, i.e., x = 0 or x = 1.

When x =

and B = sin u cos v sin(x + y - u - v)

If z1z2z3 are there complex numbers then the value of

1
, from (1), we get
2

1 1
3
3
+ or y2 = , i.e., y =
.
4 2
4
2
Hence, the solutions of the given equation are

y2 =

z1 Im ( z 2 z 3 ) + z 2 Im(z3z1 ) + z 3 Im(z 1 z 2 ) is
(a) Re (z1z2z3)
(b) Im (z1z2z3)
(c) Re (z1 + z2 + z3)
(d) 0

0 + i0, 1 + i0,

Sol. Let z1 = x1 + iy1, z2 = x2 + iy2 , z3 = x3 + iy3

1
3
1
3
+i
, i
2
2
2
2

4.1
Solve following problems with the help of above text and
examples.
1.
2.

+i

588

+i

+i

584

i
+i
+i
(a) 2
(b) 2
1 + i2 + i4 ... + i2n is
(a) Positive
(c) 0

578

+i
+i
(c) 1

574

The value of

592
582

+i

590
580

586
576

13

3.

(a) i

- 1 is

(d) 1

(b) Negative
(d) Cant be determined

The value of

(i n + i n+1) , where i =

n =1

(b) i 1

- 1 equals

(c) i

(d) 0
n

4.

2i
is a positive
The least positive integer n such that
1+ i
integer is
(a) 2
(b) 4
(c) 8
(d) 16

4
5.

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The multiplicative inverse of (6 + 5i ) 2 is
11 60
- i
61 61
9 60
- i
(c)
61 61

(a)

6.

7.

(b)

11 60
+ i
61 61

(d) None of these

2 11
(a) + i
25 25

2 11
(b) - i
25 25

2 11
(c) - + i
25 25

2 11
(d) - - i
25 25

2. (d)

(c) -

3. (b)

4. (c)

5. (a)

6. (c)

9.

1 9
- i
4 4

1
is
1 - cos q + 2i sin q

(b)

q
2 tan
1
2
+i
5 + 3 cos q 5 + 3 cos q

(d) None of these

a - ib = x - iy, then 3 a + ib =

7. (d) 8. (b)

9. (c)

(b) x - iy

(c) y + ix

(d) y - ix

10. (a)

1. | z | 0 , | z |= 0 z = 0 .
2. zz =| z |2 ( majority of the complex equations are solved
using this property)
3. | z |=| z |=| -z |=| -z |
4. | z1z 2 |=| z1 || z 2 || z n |=| z |n

z1
| z1 |
5. z = | z | , z 2 0
2
2

Every complex number x+iy can be represen ted

geometrically as a unique point P (x,y) in the xoy plane
with x-coordinate representing its real part and y-coordinate
representing its imaginary part.
The Point (x, 0) on the x-axis represents the purely real
number x. As such x-axis is called the real axis. Similarly,
the point (0, y) on the y-axis represents purely imaginary
number iy. Therefore, y-axis is called the imaginary axis.
The plane having a complex number assigned to each of
its points, is called the complex plane or Argand plane
or Guassian plane. This representation of complex
numbers as points in the plane is known as Argand
diagram.
The distance from the origin to the point P(x, y) is defined
as the MODULUS (or absolute value) of the complex
number z = x + iy, denoted by | z |, thus | z | =

1 9
+ i
4 4

(d) -

(a) x + iy

Q (x,y)

The value of

10. If

P (x,y)

M (x,o)

1 9
+ i
4 4

q
2 cot
1
2
-i
(c)
5 + 3 cos q 5 + 3 cos q

N
(0, y)

(b)

q
2 tan
1
2
(a) 5 + 3 cos q - i 5 + 3 cos q

GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF COMPLEX

NUMBERS

1 9
- i
4 4

(a)

3 + 4i
The multiplicative inverse of
is
4 - 5i
8 31
8 31
+ i
- i
(b)
(a) 25 25
25 25
8 31
- i
(d) None of these
(c) 25 25
2-i
is
The conjugate complex number of
(1 - 2i) 2

1. (b)

3 3 + 4i
1
+

is
The value of
1
2
i
1
+
i 2 - 4i

8.

x 2 + y2

The conjugate z of complex number z is represented by

the point Q, which is the mirror image of P on the xaxis.

z
z
=1
, is a unimodular complex number
|z|
|z|

6.

( z 0 ).
7. | z1 + z 2 |2 = | z1 | 2 + | z 2 | 2 +2 Re( z1z 2 )
8. | z1 - z 2 |2 = | z1 |2 + | z 2 |2 -2 Re( z1 z 2 )
9. | z1 + z 2 |2 + | z1 - z 2 |2 = 2(| z1 |2 + | z 2 |2 )
10.
| az1 + bz 2 |2 + | bz1 - az 2 |2 = (a 2 + b 2 )(| z1 |2 + | z 2 |2 ),

where a, b R
11. If z1, z 2 0 then | z1 + z 2 |2 =| z1 |2 + | z 2 | 2
purely imaginary.

z1
is
z2

Laws of Motion
POLAR FORM (OR TRIGONOMETRICAL FORM) OF
COMPLEX NUMBERS
y
Let P r epresents the n onzero
complex number z = x+iy. Let the
directed line regment OP be of
length r and makes an angle q with
the positive direction of the xaxis

P (z)
r=

|z|

p
4

q
O

Following cases may arise

Case I : If x > 0, y > 0, then the point P lies in the first quadrant
and then q = arg z = a

X

The point P is uniquely determined by the ordered pair of real

numbers (r, q) called the polar coordinates of the point P. Clearly,
x = r cos q, y = r sin q,

For example, if z = -1 + 3i , then tan a =

y
x
Thus z=r(cosq + isin q) is the poar from of z. r is the modulus of
the number z and q is called th e ARGUMENT (or
AMPLITUDE) of the number z, denoted by arg (z) or amp (z)
Hence.

so arg( z ) = p -

r= x 2 + y 2 , tanq =

r =| z |= x 2 + y 2 and q = arg (z) = tan -1 y

x
z = r(cosq + i sinq) is also written as r cis(q)
Note that q is not defined uniquely, In fact q is the solution
of simultaneous equations

cos q =

x
x 2 + y2

and sin q =

x 2 + y2

If z = 1 + i, r = x + y = 1 + 1 = 2 ;
2

p 2p
=
3
3

y
P

Case III : If x < 0, y < 0 then the point P lies in the third
y
q = arg z = -(p - a ) = a - p
O
x
For example, if z = -1 - i
a
-1
=1
-1

p p
p
, + 2p,..........., + 2kp, k I
4 4
4
Any two arguments of a complex number differ by a number
which is a multiple of 2 p.
The unique value of q, such that -p < q p is called the
principal value of the Argument.

For example, if z = 3 - i, then

P(z)

tan a =

y
, x 0, y 0
x

x
O
y

3p
p
so arg(z) = -(p - ) = 4
4
Case IV : If x > 0, y < 0 then the point P lies in the fourth
quadrant and then q = arg z = -a
y

tan a =

-1

=
q
3
3
P
p
so, arg( z ) = y
6
Case V : If y = 0, then z is purely real and P lies on real axis, and
z = x,
so arg (z) = 0 if x > 0; arg (z) = p if x < 0
1
For example arg(3) = 0 and arg - = p
2
Case VI : If x = 0, then z = iy is a purely imaginary number and
P lies on imaginary axis

y
a=q
x

then tan a =

y
p
tan q = = 1 q =
x
4
p
p

4
4

Clearly the possible arguments of the number z=1+i are the

following angles :

WORKING RULE FOR FINDING PRINCIPAL

ARGUMENT
Let z = x + iy has image P on the argand plane and

3
= 3
-1

So, arg (z) =

p
p
if y > 0 and arg (z) = - if y < 0
2
2

For example, arg( 2 i) =

p
p
and arg(-100 i ) = 2
2

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1.

arg(z ) = - arg(z )

2.

arg(z1z 2 ) = arg(z1 ) + arg(z 2 ) + 2kp

3.

z
arg 1 = arg(z1 ) - arg(z 2 ) + 2kp
z2

4.

z
arg = 2arg(z) + 2kp
z

5.

7.

If z1 and z2 are any two complex numbers then

| z1 + z12 - z 2 2 | + | z1 - z12 - z 22 | is equal to
(a) | z1 |
(b) | z 2 |

(c) | z1 + z 2 |
(d) | z1 + z 2 | + | z1 - z 2 |
Sol. (Trick ) The nature of the problem suggests at once that
we shold use the formula
| z1 + z 2 |2 + | z1 - z 2 |2 = 2 (| z1 |2 + | z 2 | 2 )

We have (| z1 + z12 - z 22 | + | z1 - z12 - z 22 ) 2

=| z1 + z12 - z 22 |2 + | z1 - z12 - z 22 | 2 +2 | z12 - z12 + z 22 |

Where k = 0, 1 or 1 would be taken so that the

value comes out into the principal value region

= 2| z1 | 2 + | z12 - z 22 |2 + 2 | z 2 |2

6.

z2
z1
If arg = q the arg = 2kp - q , k I
z1
z2

7.

arg(z ) - arg(-z ) = p

= | z1 + z 2 |2 + | z1 - z 2 |2 +2 | z1 + z 2 || z1 - z 2 |

p
+ arg(z )
2
| z1 + z 2 |=| z1 - z 2 | arg(z1 ) - arg(z 2 ) = p / 2

= (| z1 + z 2 | + | z1 - z 2 |) 2

8.
9.

2
2
2
2
= 2(| z1 | + | z 2 | ) + 2 | z1 - z 2 |

arg(iz ) =

\ | z1 + z12 - z 22 | + | z1 - z12 - z 22 |
=| z1 + z 2 | + | z1 - z 2 |

10. | z1 + z 2 |=| z1 | + | z 2 | arg(z1 ) = arg(z 2 )

8.
EULER'S NOTATION
It can be shown that e iq = cos q + i sin q, e -iq = cos q - i sin q
\ e z = e x + iy = e x .e iy = e x (cos y + i sin y )
Also r(cos q + i sin q) = reiq
Again, cos q =

Sol.

LOGARITHM OF A COMPLEX NUMBER

1+ i
The smallest positive integer n for which
= 1 is
1
i
(a) 4
(b) 3
(c) 2
(d) 1

Sol. As a + ib = 1 a 2 + b 2 = 1
(1 + b + ai) 2

a + b + ai

= 1 + b ai = (1 + b ai)(1 + b + ai) =

As such the argument of a complex number is not unique, the

log of a complex number cannot be unique. In general,
log e (z) = log e | z | +i[2kp + arg(z )], k I
p

ip / 2
= i 2kp + , k I So, i p is
For example, log( i ) = log e
2

one of the values of log (i)

p
p
p
p
Also, log(log i ) = log(i ) = log i + log = i + log
2
2
2
2

[Taking principal value only]

1+ i
n
\
=1 i =1
1 i

1 + b + ai
If a + ib = 1. the simplified form of
is
1 + b - ai
(a) b + ai
(b) a + bi
(c) (1 + b)2 + a2
(d) ai

So, log e (z ) = log e | z | +i arg(z)

1 + i 1 + i 1 + i 1 + i 2 + 2i 2i
=

=
= =i
1 i 1 i 1+ i
2
1 i2

Clearly the smallest value of n is 4.

9.

e iq + e -iq
e iq - e -iq
and sin q =
2
2i

(1 a 2 ) + b 2 + 2b + 2ai + 2abi
1 + (a + b ) + 2b
2

(1 + b) 2 a 2 + 2(1 + b)ai
(1 + b) 2 + a 2

b 2 + b 2 + 2b + 2ai + 2abi
1 + 1 + 2b

b 2 + b + ai + abi b(1 + b ) + a (1 + b)i

=
= b + ai
1+ b
1+ b
10. The argument of the complex number 1 + sin a - i cos a is
a p
a
a p
a p
+
(a)
(b)
(c)
(d) +
2 4
2
2 4
2 2
Sol. Let 1+ sina icosa = r(cosq + isinq)
Then r cos q = 1 + sina and r sinq = cosa

r2 = (1 + sina)2 + (cosa)2 = 2 + 2 sina = 2 cos

r=

a
a

p a
2 cos + sin or 2 cos -
2
2

4 2

a
a
+ sin
2
2

Laws of Motion
- cos a
=
Also, tan q =
1 + sin a

- sin - a
2

[Note the step]

p

1 + cos - a
2

Y
P(-4, 4 3)
q

p a p a
- 2 sin - cos -
4 2 4 2 = - tan p - a = tan a - p

=
p a
4 2
2 4
2 cos 2 -
4 2

\q=

a p
2 4

Sol. The given complex number

-16 (1 - i 3)
1- (i 3)

X'

Y'

p a
Hence, Modulus = 2 cos - and argument
4 2
a p
= - .
2 4

11.

-16

-16

Hence, cos q =

1+ i 3

1+ i 3

Let 4 = r cos q, 4 3 = r sin q

By squaring and adding, we get
16 + 48 = r2 (cos2 q + sin2 q)
which gives r2 = 64, i.e., r = 8

-16
1+ i 3

1- i 3
1- i 3

-16 (1 - i 3)
= 4 (1 - i 3)
1+ 3

= 4 + i4 3

q=p

3
1
, sin q =
2
2

2p
p
=
3
3

2p
2p

+ i sin
Thus, the required polar form is 8 cos

3
3

12. If | z2 1| = | z |2 + 1, then show that z lies on imaginary

axis.
Sol. Let z = x + iy. Then | z2 1| = | z |2 + 1
| x2 y2 1 + i2xy | = | x + iy |2 + 1
(x2 y2 1)2 + 4x2y2 = (x2 + y2 + 1)2
4x2 = 0 i.e., x = 0
Hence z lies on y-axis.

4.2
Solve following problems with the help of above text and
examples.
1. For any two complex number z1, z2
| 1 - z1z 2 |2 - | z1 - z 2 |2 is equal to :

2.

If z1, z2 and z3, z4 are two pairs of conjugate complex

z1
z
numbers, then arg + arg 2
z4
z3

(a) 0
(c)

3p
2

(b)

equals

p
2

(d) p

3. If |b| = 1, then

b-a
is equal to
1 - ab

(a) 0
(b)
(c) 1
(d) 2
4. Let z1 and z2 be complex numbers such that z1 z 2 and
|z1| = |z2|. If z1 has positive real part and z2 has negative
imaginary part, then
(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)

z1 + z 2
may be
z1 - z 2

real and positive

zero
real and negative
either zero or purely imaginary

2 z 1 + 3z 2
5z 2
is purely imaginary number then 2 z - 3z is
1
2
7 z1
equal to

5. If

(a)

5
7

(b)

7
9

(c)

25
49

(d) None

Ph y si cs

(a)

(a)

p
2

(c)

9.

p
(d)
4

(b)

2 2

2
1

(d) None of these

3
If (a + ib) (c + id) (e + if) (g + ih) = A + iB, then

(b) 0

p
(c) 2

( a 2 + b2 ) ( c2 + d 2 ) ( e2 + f 2 ) ( g + h 2 ) =
(1 + i 3 )

7.

The Argument of the complex number z =

8.

p
p
(b)
6
4
p
(d) None of these
(c)
2
The modulus of the complex number

is

4i(1 i 3 )

(a)

(b) A 2 + B 2
(d) A 4 B4
1
10. If q is real, then the modulus of
is
(1+ cos q ) + i sin q
(a) A 2 B 2
(c) A 4 + B 4

1
q
sec
2
2
q
(c) sec
2

1
q
cos
2
2
q
(d) cos
2

(a)

z = (1 i 3 ) (cos q + i sin q) is
2 (1 i) (cos q i sin q)

(b)

1. (b)

2. (a)

3. (c)

4. (d)

5. (d)

DE MOIVRE THEOREM
These are two statements of De Moivre Theorem
1. (cosq+i sinq)n = cos nq + i sin nq, n I
2.

6. (a)
1
n
\ (z )

p
If n Q n = , q 0, p, q I then cos nq+i sinnq
q

8. (a)

9. (b)

1
n
r

2.

3.

Their images on argand diagram lie on a circle of radius

r1 / n and centre origin.
The points representing these roots from the vertices of a
regular polygon of n sides

P2

P3

np
np
- nq
- nq + i sin
= cos
2
2

CUBE ROOTS OF UNITY

z = (1)1 / 3 = [cos 2 kp + i sin 2 kp]1 / 3 = cos

If z = r(cos q + i sin q) and n is a positive integer, then

1
(z ) n
1
n
=r

1
= [r (cos q + i sin q)] n

k = 0, 1, 2, ......, n 1

2p
2p
and
+ i sin
3
3

4p
4p
- 1+ i 3
- 1- i 3
+ i sin
or 1,
and
.
3
3
2
2
2

2 kp
2kp
+ i sin
, k = 0, 1, 2
3
3

cos

1
n

Pn

P1

2q
q

2. (cos a + i sin a)(cos b + i sin b)(cos g + i sin g )....

cos a + i sin a
= cos( a - b) + i sin(a - b)
3.
cos b + i sin b

10. (a)

2kp + q
2 kp + q

+ i sin
cos
n
n
Putting k = 0, 1, 2, ....., n 1, we get n values which represent
nth roots of complx number z
PROPERTIES
1. These n roots always form a G. P. with common ratio ei 2p/

IMPORTANT RESULTS

(sin q + i cos q) = cos - q + i sin - q

2
2

7. (c)

-1 + i 3

= - 1 - i 3 and -1 - i 3 = -1 + i 3
As

2
2
2
2

Laws of Motion
So, we denote the non-real roots by w and w2 we write mostly

- 1+ i 3
-1- i 3
and w2 =
2
2
ALGEBRAIC METHOD

w=

(1)1 / n = (cos 0 + i sin 0)1 / n = (cos 2kp + i sin 2kp)1/ n

2pk
2pk
+ i sin
; k = 0, 1, 2, ........, (n 1)
n
n

Let z = (1)1/3 z 3 - 1 = 0 (z - 1)(z 2 + z + 1) = 0 , which gives

= cos

-1 i 3
,the non2
real roots , i.e., w and w2. Clearly, we can always write

i
; k = 0, 1, 2, ...., (n 1)
=e n

2kp

= 1, e (i 2p / n ) , e (i 4p / n) ,....., e[i 2( n -1) p / n ]

(z 3 - 1) = (z - 1)(z - w)(z - w 2 )

= 1, a, a 2 , a 3 ,...., a n -1 where a = e (i 2 p / n )

IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTICS OF w

SQUARE ROOTS OF A COMPLEX NUMBER

Let z = x + iy and let the square root of z be the complex number
a + ib. Then

1. 1 + w + w = 0
2

2. w = w 2 and (w2 ) = w , so w w = w3 = 1

x + iy = a + ib or

3. | w |=| w2 |= 1

w3k + 2 = w2

6. For any real a, b, c; a + bw + cw2 = 0 a = b = c

7. The cube roots of unity lie on a unit circle and divide the
circumference into three equal parts
8. The points represented by cube roots of unityyform the
vertices of an equilateral triangle.
i
w
9. | wz |=| w || z |=| z |
arg( wz ) =

2p
+ arg( z )
3

1 x

1
w2

i
y

SOME USEFUL IDENTITIES

(i)

x 2 + y 2 = ( x + iy)( x - iy)

(ii)

x 3 + y 3 = ( x + y)(x + wy)(x + w 2 y)

Equating real and imaginary part, we get

4p
or - 2p
4. arg( w) = 2 p and arg(w 2 ) =
3
3
3

10.

(iii) x 3 - y 3 = (x - y)(x wy)( x w2 y)

(iv) x2 + xy + y2 = (x yw) (x yw2), in particular,
x2 + x + 1 = (x w) (x w2)
(v) x2 xy + y2 = (x + yw) (x + yw2), in particular,
x2 x + 1 = (x + w) (x + w2)
(vi) x2 + y2 + z2 xy xz yz = (x + yw + zw2)
(x + yw2 + zw)
(vii) x 3 + y 3 + z 3 3xyz
= (x + y + z )(x 2 + y 2 + z 2 xy yz zx)

= ( x + y + z)(x + yw + zw2 )(x + yw2 + zw)

x = a 2 - b2
and y = 2ab

(1)
(2)

Now, a 2 + b 2 = (a 2 - b 2 ) 2 + 4a 2 b 2 = x 2 + y 2 (3)
Solving the equations (1) and (3), we get
x 2 + y2 + x

a=
; b=
2

x 2 + y2 - x

From (2), we can determine the sign of ab. If ab > 0, then a and
b will have same sign. Thus

x + iy =

x 2 + y2 + x

+i

x 2 + y2 - x

If ab < 0, then

x 2 + y2 - x
2
2
x +y +x

x + iy =

-i
2
2

Thus, square roots of z = a + ib are :

| z | +a
| z | -a

+i

2
2 for b > 0

and

| z | +a
| z | -a

-i

2
2 for b < 0

For example :
1+ i
(i) Square root of i is
, as x = 0, y = 1 > 0 and
2
|i|=1

10

Ph y si cs

1- i
, as x = 0, y = -1 < 0 and | i | =
(ii) Square root of -i is
2

1
5-3
5 - ( - 3)
(iii) Squar e root of -3 + 4i is
+i

2
2

or (1 + 2i) , As x = 3 and y = 4 > 0.

3 -i
; As y = - 3 < 0

(-1 + i 3 )15

13.

(1 - i ) 20

(1 - i ) 20
15

(-2i)

10

(1 + i) 20

-1- i 3

215

215 (w)15

(-1 - i 3 )15

15

-1+ i 3

215

=
2 10
(1 - i)

c + a w + bw 2
(a) 1

1 w3
= =
= w2
w w

10

b + cw + aw

= w2 + w = -1

a r cos r x , then

r=0

25 (w3 )5

(2i )

2 5

(i )

a + bw + c w 2
b + cw + aw2
(b) 1

(b) a0 = 0

r=0

(c) a6 = 1
(d) a1 = a3 = a5
Sol. [To find the value of cos nx and sin nx in ascending
powers of cos x or sin x we expand (cosx+isinx)n using
De Moivre theorem and Binomial theorem then equate
real and imaginary parts from two expansion to get
the required identity as done for above example].
We have (cosx + i sinx)6 = cos6x + isin6x
...(i)
(Using De Moivre theorem)
Also (cos x + isinx)6

[(1 + i) ]

etc.

w(aw 2 + b + cw)

ar = 1

2 10

c + aw + bw

= 6 C cos 6 x + 6 C cos 5 x.i sin x + 6 C cos 4 x i 2 sin 2 x

0
1
2
+ 6 C 5 cos x i 5 sin 5 x + 6 C 6 i 6 sin 6 x

25 (w3 )10
2 5

(i )

= -2 5 - 2 5 = -64
[You can also convert the numbers into polar form and
apply De Moivre theorem but above approach is better]
14. The value of (2 w) (2 w2) (2 w10) (2 w11) is
(a) 49
(b) 16
(c) 16w
(d) 49w2
10
9
11
9
2
2
Sol. w = w .w = w, w = w .w = w
\ (2 w) (2 w2) (2 w10) (2 w11) = (2 w)2 (2 w2)2
Now x3 1 = (x 1) (x w) (x w2), dividing by x 1
\ x2 + x + 1 = (x w) (x w2)
or (x2 + x + 1)2 = (x w)2 (x w2)2.
Put x = 2, (2 w)2 (2 w2)2 = (7)2 = 49
15. If w is a complex cube root of unity, then the value of
a + bw + cw 2

w 2 (aw + bw 2 + c)

(a)

is equal to

(1 + i) 20

b + cw + aw2

(-1 - i 3 )15

(-1 + i 3 )15

Let z =

a + bw + c w 2

b
a
w2
+ + c w + b + cw
2
w
w
w
+

=
b + cw + aw2
c + aw + bw 2

16. If cos6x =

3 : 1 can be expressed in terms of w and w2)

3 or

c + a w + bw 2

(a) 132
(b) 64
(c) 64
(d) none
Sol. (Trick :Any complex number z with |Re(z) | : | Im(z) | = 1
:

a + bw + cw 2

2 +1
2 - 1
or
-i
1- 3 i is
2
2

Sol.

(Using Binomial theorem)

= 6 C 0 cos 6 x - 6 C 2 cos 4 x sin 2 x + 6 C 4 cos 2 x sin 4 x -6 C6 sin 6 x
6
5
6
3
3
6
5
+ i[ C1 cos x sin x - C3 cos x sin x + C5 cos x sin x]
From (i) & (ii), equating the real parts we get

Cos 6x = 6 C 0 cos 6 x - 6 C 2 cos 4 x sin 2 x

+ 6 C 4 cos 2 x sin 4 x - 6 C 6 sin 6 x
6
4
2
2
2 2
= cos x - 15 cos x (1 - cos x ) + 15 cos x(1 - cos x)

- (1 - cos 2 x )3
6

a r cos 6 x

r =0

We get, a0 = 1, a1 = 0, a2 = 18, a3 = 0, a4 = 48, a5 = 0,

a6 = 32
6

is
Clearly
(c) a + b + c (d) 0

...(ii)

a r = a 0 + a1 + a 2 + a 3 + a 4 + a 5 + a 6 = 1 .

r =0

Also a1 = a3 = a5 = 0.

11

Laws of Motion
5

a r sin r x , then

17. If sin 5x =
5

(a)

r =0

= -

1
[2 cos 6x - 6 2 cos 4x + 15 2 cos 2x - 20]
64

= -

1
3
15
5
a r cos rx
cos 6 x + cos 4 x - cos 2 x + =
32
16
32
8
r =0

r =0

ar =1

(b) a1 = a3 = a5

(c) a0 = a2 = a4
(d) a1+a3+a 5=a0+a2+a 4
Sol. Solve as above, expand (cos x + i sinx)5 using two theorems
and equate imaginary parts.

18.

If sin 6x

a r cos rx . Then

and a6 = -

r =0

(a) a0 = 0

(b) a1 = a3 = a5

1
2
(d) 2a0 + a1 + 3a2 + a3 + a4 + a5 + a6 = 0
Sol. To express cosnx or sinnx as a series of multiple angles
of cos and sin, we use Euler's representation cosx =

5
15
3
, a = 0, a2 = , a = 0, a4 =
,a =0
8 1
32 3
16 5

We get a0 =

1
.
32

Only (d) is satisfied with these values.

19. If a, b, g are the cube roots of a negative number p then

(c) a2 + a6 =

e ix + e -ix
e ix - e -ix
and expand cosnx =
and sinx =
2
2i
e ix + e -ix

example.

[Ce

6 6

2 i

6ix

- 6 C1e 5ix .e -ix + 6 C 2 e 4ix e - 2ix

- 6 C5 e ix e -5ix + 6 C6 e -6ix

- 26

[ C (e
6

(a)

- 1- 3i
2

(b) (x + y + z)i

6ix

+e

x y
(d) + i p
2 2

(c) ip

Sol. Let q = p, q > 0

Cube root of p = p1/3 = (q)1/3 = q1/3. (1)1/3
Cube roots of p are q1/3, q1/3w, q1/3w2
Let a = q1/3, b = q1/3w, g = q1/3w2

-6ix

) - C1 (e

+ C 2 (e
6

- 4ix

4ix

+e

2ix

- 2ix

) - C3

+e

xa + yb + zg x (-q1 / 3 ) + y(-q1 / 3 w ) + z(-q1 / 3 w 2 )

\ xb + yg + za =
x (-q1 / 3 w ) + y(-q1 / 3 w 2 ) + z (-q1 / 3 )
x + yw + zw 2

xw + yw + z
2

w 2 ( xw + yw 2 + z )
xw + yw + z
2

= w2 =

4.3
Solve following problems with the help of above text and
examples.
( 3 + i)

2. Arg

17

(a)

(1 i )50

2p
3

i ( 3 + i )6
4(1 i 3 ) 2

, then amp (z) is equal to

p
3

(c) - 2p
3

(d) None
(c)

is equal to

p
6

(b)

p
6

3p
10

(d)

5p
10

(a)
(b)

- 1 - 3i
2

or -1 + 3i

[Qn C r =n C n - r ]

1. If z =

xa + yb + zg
xb + yg + za

is

e ix - e -ix
sin6x =
2i

12

Ph y si cs

1 - z 2n

If w 1 is a cube root of unity, then the roots of the

equation (x+aw)3 + a3 = 0 are :

8.
is

1 + z 2n
(a) i tan n q (b) i tan n q (c) tan n q (d) i
4. If x = a + b, y = aw + bw2 and z = aw2 + bw, then x3+y3+z3
=
(a) 3 (a3 + b3)
(b) (a + b)3
3
3
2
2
(c) a + b a b ab
(d) None of these
2
5. If 1, w, w are the cube roots of unity then
(1 w + w2)5 + ( 1 + w w2)5 =
(a) 32
(b) 0
(c) 32w
(d) 16w2
2
6. If 1, w, w are the cube roots of unity then
(3 + 3w + 5w2)6 (2 + 6w + 2w2)3 =
(a) 0
(b) 64
(c) 36
(d) 36

(c) 2a, aw2, aw

Let a = z1 + z 2 , b = wz1 + w2 z 2 , g = w2 z1 + wz 2 where

w is a complex cube root of unity, then :

9.

(a) a 2 + b 2 + g 2 = 8 z1z 2
(b) ab + bg + ga = 3z1z 2
(c) a 3 + b 3 + g 3 = 3( z13 + z 2 3 )
(d) abg = 2(z13 + z 2 3 )
10. The polynomial x 3m + x 3n +1 + x 3k + 2 , is exactly divisible
by x 2 + x + 1 if
(a) m n, k are rational
(b) m, n, k are integers
(c) m, n, k are positive integers
(d) none of these.

7. x R , then square roots of x + i x 4 + x 2 + 1 are

(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)

1 2

2
x + x + 1 + i x - x +1

(b) a, 2aw2, aw
(d) a, 2aw2, aw

334

11. If i = - 1, then 4 + 5 - 1 + i 3

1 2

2
x + x +1 - i x - x + 1

365

1 i 3
+ 3 - +

2
2

is

equal to

1 2

2
x - x + 1 + i x + x +1

2
1 2

2
x - x +1 - i x + x +1

(a) 1- i 3

(b) - 1+ i 3

(c) i 3

(d) - i 3

12. If w ( 1) be a cube root of unity and (1 + w) 7 = A + Bw,

then A and B are respectively the numbers
(a) 0, 1
(b) 1, 1
(c) 1, 0
(d) 1, 1

1. (c)

2. (b)

3. (a)

4. (a)

5. (a)

6. (a)

7. (a)

8. (a)

9. (c)

GEOMETRY OF A COMPLEX NUMBER

Y

SECTION FORMULA

As in vectors, we represent a
point by the position vector of the

OP= z

P (z1)

P(z)

point OP = r with r esp ect t o

orgin O. Similarly the point P can
be repr esen ted by a complex
n umber z, su ch t h at l engt h

R (z)
O

PR m
=
QR n

Q (z2)

and XOP = arg(z ) . The point P is called the IMAGE of the

complex number z and z is said to be AFFIX or complex
coordinate of the point P.
DISTANCE BETWEEN TWO POINTS
If two points P and Q have affices z1and z2 respectively then

If a point R (z) divides the join of two points P (z 1) and

Q (z2) in ratio m:n, then
z=

mz 2 + nz1
mz 2 - nz1
(internally) and z =
(externally)
m+n
m-n

PQ = z 2 z1

PQ = z 2 z1 = Affix of Q Affix of P..

z1 + z 2
2

Laws of Motion
ANGLE BETWEEN TWO LINES
(CONCEPT OF ROTATION)

z3 z4
Then z z is purely imaginary..
1
2

R (z3 )
Q (z2 )

z3 z 4
z z4
= 3
z1 z 2
z1 z 2

or alternatively

P (z1 )
q1

(i)

13

z3 z 4
= ik, for some k R - {0}
z1 z 2

z 3 z 4 = ik (z1 z 2 )
(iii) Multiplying a complex number z by i is equivalent to
rotating the image of z in Argand plane by 90 about origin,

q2

Consider three points P(z1), Q(z2) and R(z3)

Then angle between PQ an PR (counter clockwise)

p
iz
anticlockwise, as |z| = |iz| and arg = arg (i) =
2
z

q = q 2 - q1 = arg( PR ) arg( PQ )
= arg( z 3 z 1 ) arg( z 2 z 1 )

Q (iz)

z z
\ q = arg 3 1
z 2 z1

P (z)

p,

p/
2

z1

i.e.

z 3 z1 z z
= 3 1z
2
z 2 z1 z z
2
1
z3

z1 1
z2 1 = 0
z3 1

(A complex number z is purely real if z = z )

If PR is perpendcular to PQ.Then

(iv) Multiplying a complex number z by w is equivalent to

rotating the image of z in Argand plane by 120 (or 240)
about origin anticlockwise, for |z| = |wz| (|w| = 1) and

2p 4 p
wz
arg
or

= arg (w) =
3
3
z

z z
z z
p
arg 3 1 = 3 1 is puerly imaginary
2
z 2 z1
z 2 z1

That is,

z3 z1
z z
=- 3 1
z 2 z1
z2 z1

P (z)

Q (wz)
2p
3

(A Complex number z is purely imaginary if z = - z )

(ii)

R (z 3 )

P (z 1 )

ANGLES OF A TRIANGLE

C (z3 )
Q ( z2 )

S (z4 )

B (z 2 )
A (z1 )

Consider Four Points P, Q, R and S with affices respectively

z1, z 2 , z 3 and z4. As in (i) the angle between SR and QP..
z z4
q = arg 3
z1 z 2

If z1 z2 and z3 be the affices of vertices A, B and C of a

tringle ABC described in counterclockwire sense. Then

If SR and QP be perpendicular, q =

p
2

z 3 z1 CA
=
(cos A + i sin A) or z 3 z1 = CA e iA
z 2 z1 BA
z 2 z1 BA
Similarly relations with other vertical angles can be given.

14

Ph y si cs

If z1, z2 , z3 are the vertices of a triangle then

1. centroid z is givn by z =

z1 + z 2 + z 3
3

EQUATION OF STRAIGHT LINE THROUGH TWO

POINTS Z1 AND Z2
Let variable point z be a point on this line then
z

az1 + bz 2 + cz 3
a +b+c

3. Circumcentre O(z) of theDABC is given by

z1
z2

z ( z1 - z 2 )i + z ( z 2 - z1 )i + i(z1z 2 - z1z 2 ) = 0

(i)
| z1 |2
| z 2 |2
| z 3 |2

z=

z12
z22
z 32

z1 1
z2 1
z3 1
z1 1
z2 1
z3 1

z1 (sin 2A ) + z 2 (sin 2 B) + z 3 (sin 2C)

sin 2A + sin 2 B + sin 2C

z2
z3 2

z=

| z1 |2

z1 1

z 2 1 + | z 2 |2
z 3 1 | z 3 |2

z2 1
z3 1

z1 1

z12
z22
z 32

4. Orthocentre H(z) of DABC is given by

z12

z 1
z1 1 = 0 or z( z1 - z 2 ) + z (z 2 - z1 ) + z1z 2 - z1z 2 = 0
z2 1

number, say b then the above equation is az + az + b = 0

It is called the general equation of a straight line
(ii) The complex equation za + z a + b = 0 represents a straight
line in complex plane where 'a' is a complex number and
'b' is a real number. The complex slope of the line is given
a
a

by - .
(iii) The equation of the perpendicular bisector of the line
segment joining the points A(z1) and B(z2) is

OR

z ( z1 - z 2 ) + z (z1 - z 2 ) =| z1 |2 - | z 2 |2

z1 1
z2 1
z3 1

IMPORTANT RESULTS
1. The complex slope of line joing points A (z1) and B(z2)

(tan A)z1 + (tan B)z 2 + (tan C)z3

tan A + tan B + tan C
(a sec A)z1 + (b sec B)z 2 + (c sec C)z3
=
a sec A + b sec B + csec C
5. The centroid G lies on the segment joining the orthocentre
H and the circumcentre O of the triangle and divides
z=

HG 2
=
internally in ratio 2 : 1, i.e
OG 1

z1 - z 2
is define as m = z - z
1
2

2. Two lines with complex slopes m1 and m 2 are parallel

if m1 = m 2 and perpendicular if m1 + m 2 = 0
3. The length of perpendicular from a point A(a) to the
line az + az + b = 0 is given by p =

| aa + a a + b |
2|a|

H
G

O
6. Area of the DABC is given by the modulus of

1
4

EQUATION OF A CIRCLE :

z1 z1 1
z 2 z2 1
z3 z3 1

P (z)
r
C (z 0 )

7. Triangle ABC is equilateral if and only if

1
1
1
+
+
=0
z 2 - z 3 z 3 - z1 z1 - z 2
z12 + z 22 + z 32 = z 2 z 3 + z 3 z1 + z1z 2

1 z2
1 z3
1 z1

z3

(1) Consider a circle with centre C having affix z0 and radius

r.
For any point P(z) on this circle CP = r

z1 = 0

i.e. z z 0 = r

z2

.....(1)

Laws of Motion

(1)

z z 0 > r represents the region outside the circle given

by (1).
(2) General equation of a circle
Consider the equation of a circle | z - z 0 |= r
( z - z 0 )( z - z 0 ) = r 2 zz - zz 0 - zz 0 + | z 0 |2 -r 2 = 0

Let -z 0 = a , a constant complex number and

| z 0 | 2 -r 2 =| a |2 -r 2 = b, a constant real number then the

above equation becomes zz + az + az + b = 0 ,

It is called the general equation of circle .
Hence the complex equation z z + a z + az + b = 0
reprectents a circle in complex plane where 'a' is a complex
number and 'b' is a real number. The centre of the circle is
a point with affix 'a' and the radius is given by

b.

For the existence of the circle a 2 b > 0.

(3) (z z1 )(z z 2 ) + (z z 2 ) (z z 1 ) = 0 represents a circle in
the complex plane which is described on a line as diameter
having extremities z1 and z2.
20. Let z1 = 10 + 6i and z2 = 4 + 6i. If z is any complex number
such that the argument of

z - z1
p
is . Then z must lie on
z - z2
4

18

(c) Centre ( 2 , 1); radius 18

(d) Centre (7, 9); radius 6
Sol. Let z = x + iy
Then
=

6 y - 36
2

x + y - 14 x - 12 y + 76

+ y2 14x 18y + 112 = 0

which is a circle with centre (7, 9)

x 2 + y 2 - 8x - 12 y + 52

..... (i)

7 2 + 9 2 - 112 = 49 + 81 - 112 = 18
Note : The equation (i) may be converted to complex form as
following :
x2 14 + y2 18y + 112 = 0
(x2 14x + 49) + (y2 18y + 81) + 112 49 81 = 0
(x 7)2 + (y 9)2 = 18 |(x 7) + i (y 9)|2 = 18
|(x + iy) (7 + 9i)|2 = 18

|z (7 + 9i)|2 = 18 |z (7 + 9i)| = 18 ,
which is equivalent to |z z0| = r
Hence centre of the circle is z0 = 7 + 9i = (7, 9) radius of
the circle is r =

18
21. Consider the complex number z satisfying |z 5i| 3, then
(a) Value of z having the least modulus is z =2i
(b) Value of z having the greatest modulus is z = 8i
(c) Value of z having the least positive argument is
4
(3 + 4i)
5
(d) Value of z having the greatest positive argument is

z=

z=

4
(-3 + 4i)
5

z - z1 ( x + iy ) - (10 + 6i ) ( x - 10 ) + ( y - 6) i
=
=
z - z2
( x + iy) - (4 + 6i )
( x - 4) + ( y - 6) i

x 2 + y 2 - 14x - 12 y + 76

p
=1
4

x2

(x - 10) + ( y - 6) i (x - 4) - ( y - 6)i
x
(x - 4) + ( y - 6) i (x - 4) - ( y - 6)i

= tan

Sol. The inequation | z 5i | 3 represents all the complex

numbers lying inside or on the circle
| z 5i | = 3
...(1)
Clearly the circle (1) has centre at (0, 5) and radius = 3 Let
us plot this circle on the xy plane.
The given inequation represents the points inside or on the
circle shown in figure.

a circle, which has

(a) Centre (0, 0); radius 6

15

C (5i)

(6 y - 36)i
x 2 + y 2 - 8x - 12y + 52
(on simplifying)

z - z1 p
Now given that arg z - z = 4 ;
2

p
6y - 36
Hence tan -1 2 2
=
x + y -14x -12y + 76 4

-1 y
Q arg ( x + iy) = tan x

B
D
b

A
f
a

Note that the modulus of a complex number is represented

by the distance of the image of the complex number from
origin. Clearly the point at the least distance from origin is
D and the point at the greatest distance from origin is E.
Hence the affices of D and E give us the complex numbers
of the least and the greatest moduli respectively.

16

Ph y si cs

Now OC = 5, DC = 3, Hence OD = 2 and OE = 8

\ Point D, i.e. complex number with least modulus is 2i
Point E, i.e. complex number with maximum modulus is 8i
Furthermore the argument of a complex number in Argand
diagram is given by the angle that the line joining the origin
to its image forms with positive xaxis. Clearly the two
tangents drawn on the circle from origin, OA and OB
represent the least and the greatest values of this angle
respectively for any point on or inside the circle. Hence,
the affices of points A and B give us the complex numbers
with least and greatest arguments respectively.
Now XOA = a =
and XOB = b =
Clearly cos f =

(c)

(d) z12 + z 22 + z 32 - z1z 2 - z 2 z 3 - z 3 z1 = 0

Sol. Let a = z1 - z 2, b = z 2 - z 3 and g = z 3 - z1
Then a + b + g = 0
Clearly a + b + g = 0
Let the triangle be equilateral, then
| z1 z2 | = |z2 z3 | = | z3 z1 | = l say
That is | a | = | b | = | g | = l

p
- f, f = AOC
2

Now a a = | a | 2 = l2 a =

p
+f
2
OA
=
OC

OC 2 - AC2
=
OC

[Where AC = radius = 3 ] and sin f =

1
1
=
z1 - z 2 z 2 - z 3

Similarly, b =

5 2 - 32 4
=
5
5

Affix of point A is r (cos a+ i sin a)

p
3
r = OA = 4, cos a = cos - f = sin f = ;
5

....(2)

l2
a

l2
l2
&g =
b
g

Hence, from (2)

3
5

....(1)

l2 l2 l2
1 1 1
+
+
=0 + + =0
a
b
g
a b g

1
1
1
+
+
=0
z1 - z 2 z 2 - z 3 z 3 - z1

1
1
1
Conversely let z - z + z - z + z - z = 0
1
2
2
3
3
1

4
sin a = sin - f = cos f = . \ A is 4 (3 + 4i)
5
2

5
Also affix of point B is r(cos b + i sinb)

p
3
r = OB = OA = 4, cos b = cos + f = sin f =
2
5

1 1 1
1
b+g a
+ + =0 = =
a b g
a
bg
bg

from (1)

\a 2 = by | a |2 =| bg || a |3 =| a || b || g |
3
Similarly | b | =| a || b || g | and | g |3 =| a || b || g |

p
4
sin b = sin + f = cos f =
2
5

Hence | a | = | b | = | g | | z1 - z 2 | = | z 2 - z 3 | = | z 3 - z1 | .
That is the triangle is equilateral.

4
(-3 + 4i)
5
Hence, the complex number with least argument is

Also note that

\ B is

4
(3 + 4i) and the complex number with greatest argument
5

4
(-3 + 4i) .
5
All options (a), (b), (c) and (d) are correct
Note : Student may feel that the solution of this example is
lengthy on the contrary the solution is quite simple and direct
from the figure only.
22. Suppose that z1, z2, z3 represent the vertices of a triangle
taken in order. The triangle is equilateral if and only if

z12 + z 22 + z 32 - z1z 2 - z 2 z 3 - z 3 z1 = 0 Answer (a, d)

23. The centre of a regular hexagon has affix i. The affix of one
vertex is 2 + i. The affix z of adjacent vertices are

is

(a)

1
1
1
+
+
=0
z1 - z 2 z 2 - z 3 z 3 - z1

(b)

1
1
1
=0
z1 - z 2 z 2 - z 3 z 3 - z1

1
1
1
+
=0
z1 - z 2 z 2 - z 3 z 3 - z1

Sol.

(a) 1 + i (1 3 )

(b) i + 1 3

(c) 2 + i (1 3 )

(d) 1 2i

Laws of Motion
p
Let A be the image of complex number 2 + i, AOB =
3

z-i
Let B (or F) be z, then AOB = arg (2 + i) - i
(refer to angle between two lines in the text)
=

p
3

25. Let z1 and z2 be the roots of complex equation z2 + pz + q

= 0. The points represented by z1, z2 and the origin form an
equilateral triangle if
(a) p2 > 3q
(b) P2 < 3q
(c) p 2 = 3q (d) p = 3q
2
Sol. Given z1 and z2 are roots of z + pz + q = 0
Hence, z1 + z2 = p (i), z1z2 = q (ii)
We know that if z1, z2, z3 are vertices of an equilateral
triangle
then z12 + z 22 + z 32 - z1 z 2 - z 2 z 3 - z 3 z1 = 0
(see example 16)

z -i
BO
p
p
=
cos i sin
( 2 + i) - i AO
3
3

= cos

17

p
p
i sin
3
3

Here z3 = 0, then z 12 + z 22 - z 1z 2 = 0

[Q AO = BO]

1
3
\ z - i = 2 i z = i + 1 i 3 = 1 + i 1 3
2
2

24. Let a , b R , such that 0 <a < 1, 0 < b < 1. If the complex
numbers z1 = a + i, z2 = 1 + bi and z3 = 0 form an
equilateral triangle, then values of a and b are

26.

If the imaginary part of

2 z +1
is 2, then show that the
iz + 1

locus of the point representing z in the argand plane is a

straight line.
Sol. Let z = x + iy. Then
2 z +1
2( x + iy ) + 1
(2 x + 1) + i 2 y
=
=
iz + 1
(1 - y ) + ix
i ( x + iy ) + 1

(a) a = b = 2 - 3
(b) a = 2 - 3 , b = 2 + 3
(c) a = 3 , b = - 3
(d) None of these

Sol.
=

{(2 x + 1) + i 2 y} {(1 - y ) - ix}

{(1 - y ) + ix}
{(1 - y ) - ix}

(2 x + 1 - y ) + i (2 y - 2 y 2 - 2 x 2 - x )
1+ y 2 - 2 y + x 2

2z +1 2 y - 2 y2 - 2x2 - x
Thus, Im
=
1 + y 2 - 2 y + x2
iz + 1
2z +1
But Im
= 2 (Given)
iz + 1

z2 - 0
p
p
Clearly from the figure z - 0 = cos + i sin
3
3
1

1
3
1+ i 3
\ z 2 = z1 + i

2
or,, - 1 + bi = (-a + i)
2

a
1
3
3
a
+i = - 2 2
2 2

Equating real and imaginary parts,

2 y - 2 y 2 - 2 x2 - x
1 + y 2 - 2 y + x2

= -2

2y 2y2 2x2 x = 2 2y2 + 4y 2x2

i.e., x + 2y 2 = 0, which is the equation of a line.
27. Let z 1 and z 2 be two complex numbers such that
z1 + i z2 = 0 and arg (z1 z2) = p. Then find arg (z1).
Sol. Given that z1 + i z2 = 0
z1 = iz2, i.e., z2 = iz1
Thus, arg (z1z2) = arg z1 + arg ( iz1) = p
arg ( iz12) = p
arg ( i) + arg (z12) = p
arg ( i) + 2 arg (z1) = p

a
3
+
=1 a = 2 - 3
2
2
1
3
a =b b = 2- 3
2
2

So,

-p
+ 2 arg (z1) = p
2

arg (z1) =

3p
4

18

Ph y si cs

4.4
Solve following problems with the help of above text and
examples.
1. The points z1, z2, z3, z4, are the vertices of a parallelogram
(in a complex plane) taken in order if and only if
(a) z1 + z 4 = z 2 + z 3
(b) z1 + z 3 = z 2 + z 4
(c) z1 + z 2 = z 3 + z 4
(d) None
2. A square ABCD has its centre at the origin. If A be z1 then
the centroid of triangle ABC is
iz1
(a)
3

6.

7.

(c)

p
3
+ cos 1
2
5

(a)

1
2

3
3
(d) sin 1 cos 1
5
5
In the Argand plane, the area in square units of the triangle
formed by the points 1 + i, 1 i, 2i is

(c)

(d) 2

lie on a
(a) circle
(b) parabola
(c) line
(d) ellipse.

9.

Let the complex numbers z1 , z 2 and z 3 be the vertices

of an equilateral triangle. Let z 0 the circumcentre of the

(a) 1
(b) 1
(c) 0
(d) None of these
10. The complex numbers z = x + iy which satisfy the equation

2p
p

3
3

z 5i
= 1 lie on
z + 5i

5. Let z be a complex number satisfying z 5i 1 such that

amp z is minimum. Then z is equal to

(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)

24
2 6i
(b)
+
5
5

2 6
24 i
+
5
5
2 6
24i
(c)

5
5

(a)

1. (b)

9. (c)

(b) 1

2p
4p

, r cis a +
(c) r cis a +
3
3

8. (c)

3
(b) p 2 cos 1
5

8.

7. (b)

15, then max .amp(z) min .amp(z) =

3
(a) cos 1
5

z1
(b)
3

p
p
p
p
z1
z1
(c) cos i sin
(d) cos i sin
6
6
3
3
3
3
3. If z1 = 1+2i, z2 = 2 + 3i, z3= 3 + 4i then z1, z2 and z3 represent
the vertices of a/an
(a) equilateral triangle
(b) right angled triangle
(c) isoceles triangle
(d) none of these
4. Circumcentre of an equilateral triangle is at the origin and
one of the vertex is r cis a then the other two vertices are at
(a) r cis (-a ), r cis (2a )

If z 25i

the x-axis
the straight line y = 5
a circle passing through the origin
None of these.
2. (a)

3. (d)

4. (c)

5. (a)

6. (b)

10. (a)

1.

point z0 (excluding the point z0) and making an angle a

with the real axis.

arg (z) = a, a R represents a line starting from the origin

(excluding origin) and making an angle a with the real
axis.
Y

z
a
2.

O
X

O
arg(z - z 0 ) = a, a R represents a line starting from the

z
X

z0
3.

If z1 and z2 are two fixed points then locus of z, satisfying

Laws of Motion
| z - z1 |=| z - z 2 | is the perpendicular bisector of the

z - z1
(c) arg z - z = 0 represents the line segment joining
2

B
A

4.

2a > z1 - z 2 , 'a' is positive real number represents an

ellipse in complex plane, z1 and z2 are affices of two foci
of ellipse. If 2a = | z1 - z 2 |, then | z - z1 | + | z - z 2 |= 2a
represents the line segment joining z1 and z2
If 2a <| z1 - z 2 |, then the equation does not represent any
curve
5.

z - z1 z1 - z 2 = 2a .where

The complex equation

z - z1
(d) arg z - z = p represents the straight line joining
2

A(z1) and B(z2) but excluding the segment AB

A
B
28. Let z1 = 6 + i and z2 = 4 3i. If z be a complex number
z - z1 p
such that arg z - z = 2 , then z satisfies
2

2a < z1 - z 2 , and 'a' is positive real number, represents a

hyperbola in complex plane, z1 and z2 are affices of two
foci of hyperbola.
If 2a =| z1 - z 2 | , | z - z1 | - | z - z 2 | = 2a represents the
straight line joining A(z1) and B(z2) but excluding the
segment AB

(a) | z (5 i)| = 5

(b) | z (5 i)| =

(c) | z (5 + i)| = 5

(d) |z (5 + i)| =

Sol.

B(z2)

A(z 1)

6.

A(z1)

z z1
= K represents a circle if
The complex equation
z z2

7.

19

The complex equation z z1

P(z)

+ z z2

= K represents

1
2
z1 z 2 , K a real number..
2
Let z1 and z2 be two fixed points and a be a real number
such that 0 a p then

(z2)B

a circle if K

8.

z - z1
p
= a, 0 < a < p, a
represents a
(a) arg
z
z
2
2

segment of the circle passing through A(z1) and B(z2).

p(z)
a
A

z - z1 p
= represent a circle with diameter as
(b) arg
z - z2 2
the segment A(z1) and B(z2).
P(z)
p/2
p/2
P(z)

z - z1 p
Given arg z - z = 2
2

.....(i)

z1 - z
p
or arg z - z = - 2
2

p
. Hence the relation (i)
2
represents the points lying on a semicircle as shown in
figure. Centre of this semicircle is 5 i (mid point of AB)

Which means that APB = -

| z (5 i)| =

1
5 = AB . Therefore z satisfies

5 [Complex form of equation of circle]

ALTERNATE :
Let z = x + i y
z - z1
x + iy - 6 - i
Now z - z = 4 - 3i - x - iy
2

=
=

( x - 6) + ( y - 1)i
( x - 6) + ( y - 1)i ( 4 - x ) + ( y + 3) i
=

( 4 - x ) - ( y + 3)i (4 - x ) - ( y + 3)i ( 4 - x ) + ( y + 3) i
[(x - 6) (4 - x ) - ( y - 1) ( y + 3)] + [(x - 6) ( y + 3) + ( y - 1) (4 - x )] i
(4 - x ) 2 + ( y + 3) 2

20

Ph y si cs

z - z1 p
z - z1
Given arg z - z = 2 z - z is purely imaginary
2
2

Sol.

z - z1
Or Re z - z = 0
2

( x - 6) (4 - x ) - ( y - 1) ( y + 3) = 0
x 2 + y 2 - 10 x + 2 y + 21 = 0

Given that | z + 1 | = | z 1 | (x +1)2 + y2 = (x 1)2 + y2

...(1)
x = 0

|z (5 i)| =

[( x - 1) + iy][ x + 1 - iy] p
z -1 p
arg
=
=

arg

4
z +1 4
( x + 1) 2 + y 2

| z a | = 2 and arg (z) = tan 1

( x 2 + y 2 - 1) + 2iy p

=
( x + 1) 2 + y 2 4

The equivalent form in complex number is

5
29. The complex number z in the argand diagram satisfying

3
7
(3 + 4i) or (3 + 4i )
(a)
5
5
(c) 3 + 4i and 3 4 i

4
where a = 3 + 4i, is
3

y > 0, x 2 + y 2 - 1 > 0,

5
5
(3 + 4i) or (3 + 4i )
(b)
3
7

2y
2

x + y2 - 1

=1

x 2 + y 2 - 2 y - 1 = 0, y > 0, x 2 + y 2 - 1 > 0

Therefore the locus represented by the equation

z -1 p
=
arg
z +1 4
is the arc ABC of the circle x2 + y2 2y 1 = 0. Solving
with x = 0, we get

Sol.

y=

2 8
= 1 2 , y > 0,\ y = 1 + 2
2

31. In argand plane the locus of z 1 such that

| z a | = 2 is the circle with centre at a = (3, 4) and radius
= 2.
Clearly XOC = q = tan 1

4
3

Since arg (z) = tan 1 4 , z must lie along OC and on the

3
circle. It must therefore be either point A or B.
Now, OA = OC AC = 5 2 = 3
OB = OC + CB = 5 + 2 = 7

7
B is 7 (cos q +i sin q ) = (3 + 4 i)
5

(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)
Sol.

the straight line joining the points z = 3/2, z = 2/3

the straight line joining the points z = 3/2, z = 2/3
a segment of a circle passing through z = 3/2, z = 2/3
a segment of a circle passing through z = 3/2, z = 2/3

2 z 2 - 5z + 3
3z - z - 2
2

(2z - 3)( z - 1) 2z - 3 2 z - 3 / 2
as z 1.
= .
=
(3z + 2)(z - 1) 3z + 2 3 z + 2 / 3
z - 3/ 2

2p

\ The given condition reduces to arg z + 2 / 3 = 3

3
\ A is 3 (cos q +i sin q ) = (3 + 4i)
5

This implies that the line joining the points z =

z -1 p
=
30. If z = x + iy such that | z + 1| = | z 1| and amp
z +1 4
then

(a) x = 2 + 1, y = 0

(b) x = 0, y =

(c) x = 0, y =

(d) x =

2 -1

2z 2 - 5z + 3 2p
=
arg 2
3 is
3z - z - 2

z= -

2 - 1, y = 0

2
2p
subtend a constant angle=
at the point z. Thus
3
3

z describes the segment of a circle through z =

2 +1

z= -

3
. and
2

3
and
2

2
2p
at which the chord subtends an angle=
.
3
3

Laws of Motion

21

4.5
Solve following problems with the help of above text and
examples.
1. If z = x + iy and w =

1 - iz
, then |w| = 1 implies that, in the
z-i

complex plane.
(a) z lies on the imaginary axis
(b) z lies on the real axis
(c) z lies on the unit circle
(d) None of these.
2. The Points representing the complex numbers z for which
| z + 4 |2 | z 4 |2 =8 lie on
(a) a straight line parallel to x axis
(b) a straight line parallel to y axis
(c) a circle with centre as origin
(d) a circle with centre other than the origin
3. If z1 , z 2 , z 3 are in H.P. they lie on a:
(a) circle
(b) sphere
(c) straight line
(d) None of these
4. The locus of the point Z in the Argand plane for which
Z +1

+ Z 1

representing z in the complex plane is a/an

(a) circle
(b) parabola
(c) hyperbola
(d) ellipse
The complex number z = x + iy which satisfy the

7.

equation

(b) pair of straight lines

(d) parabola

2z + 1
5. If the imaginary part of
is 2, then the locus of z in
iz + 1

(a) a circle
(c) a parabola

(b) a straight line

(d) None of these

z - 5i
= 1 lie on
z + 5i

(a) the x -axis

(c) a circle through the origin

(b) the line y = 5

(d) None of these

z-i
= 1 , then locus of z is
z +1

8.

If

9.

(a) x-axis
(b) y-axis
(c) x = 1
(d) x + y = 0
If z = x + iy and a is a real n umber such that
| z - ai | = | z + ai | , then locus of z is

= 4 is a

(a) straight line

(c) circle

z+2
is 4, then the locus of the point
z i

(a) x-axis

(b) y - axis

(c) x = y

(d) x 2 + y 2 = 1

10. If | z + z | + | z - z |= 8, then z lies on

(a) a circle
(b) a straight line
(c) a square
(d) None of these
11. If z is a complex number satisfying
|z i Re(z)| = |z Im(z)| then z lies on
(a) y = x
(b) y = - x
(c) y = x + 1

(d) y = - x + 1

1. (b)

2. (b)

3. (a)

4. (c)

5. (b)

6. (a)

7. (a)

8. (d)

9. (a)

1.

z1 | | z 2 is the least value of | z1 + z2 | and z1 + z 2 is the greatest value of z1 + z 2

Thus z1 - z 2 z1 + z 2 z 2 + z 2
2. - | z | Re( z ) | z |
3. - | z | Im(z) | z |
4. | z | < | Re(z) | + | Im(z) | <
5. If z +

2 |z|

2
2
1
= a , a is positive real number then - a + a + 4 | z | a + a + 4
z
2
2

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1.

If the complex number z satisfies the equation

iz3 + z2 z + i = 0, then
(a) z lies on a unit circle
(b) Re(z) = Im (z)
(c) | z | = 1
(d) None of these
Sol. iz3 + z2 z + i = 0 i2z3 + iz2 iz + i2 = 0
(Multiply with i)
z3 + iz2 iz + i2 = 0 (i2 = 1)
z(z2 + i) + i (z2 + i) = 0 (z2 + i) (z i) = 0
Either z = i |z| = 1 or z2 = i |z2| = 1 |z| = 1
Hence, |z| = 1, implies that z lies on unit circle.
2. All non zero complex numbers z satisfying the equation
z = iz 2 are
(a) i

(b) i

3 1
3 1
- i
- i
(d) 2 2
2 2
Sol. Let z = x + iy, x, y R
[Note that the problems with lower powers of z can easily
be solved using z = x + iy]
(c)

Then z = iz 2 x iy = i (x + iy)2
x iy = i (x2 y2 + 2ixy) = i (x2 y2) 2xy
Equating real and imaginary parts x = 2xy and
y = x2 y2

Sol.

Using the result |z1+z2 | |z1| + |z2|, we get |z| + |z i| = |z|

+ |i z| [since |z| = | z|]
| z + i z | = |i| = 1
\ minimum value of |z| + |zi| is 1
ALTERNATE :
We may obtain the above answer using geometrical
representation. Consider a triangle which has vertices O
(origin) P (z) and Q (z i) then
OP = |z|. OQ = | z i| and PQ | z + iz| = |i| = 1
Now in a triangle sum of two sides third side
That is OP + OQ PQ
[The equality holds, when O, P and Q are collinear]
Thus | z | + | z i| 1
4.

(a)

1
1
3
3
= x2 - x2 = x =
2
4
4
2
Discording the solution x = 0, y = 0 (for it is z = 0)
We get the solution z = 0 + 1i = i,

3.

3 1
- 3 1
- i and z =
- i Answer (a, c & d)
z=
2
2
2
2
The minimum value of |z| + | z i| is
(a) 0
(b) 1
(c) 2
(d) none

(b)

3 7
4

(c) 2

(d) None

z = i, 1 - i, 1 i
Let A = (0,1), B = (1,1), C=(1, 1),

1
2
If x = 0, from second equation, y (y 1) = 0 y = 0 or 1
1
from second equation
2

3 7
2

Sol. z 3 + iz 2 + 2i = (z - i )(z 2 + 2iz - 2) = 0

x = 2xy x (1 + 2y) = 0 x = 0 or y = -

If y = -

If the roots of z + iz + 2 i = 0 represent the vertices of a

DABC in the Argand plane, then the area of the triangle is

0
1 1
1
1
1 - 1 1 = | - 2 - 2 |= 2
\ D ABC =
2
2
- 1 -1 1

5.

The complex number z satisfying the equations

| z | -4 =| z - i | - | z + 5i |= 0 , is

(b) 2 3 - 2i (c) - 2 3 - 2i
3 -i
Sol. We have two equations
| z | -4 = 0 and | z - i | - | z + 5i |= 0
(a)

(d)

Putting z = x + iy, these equations become

| x + iy |= 4 i.e. x 2 + y 2 = 16

...(1)

and | x + iy - i |=| x + iy + 5i |
or x 2 + ( y - 1) 2 = x 2 + ( y + 5) 2

i.e

y= 2

...(2)

Laws of Motion
\ z = 1 + cos q + i sin q

Hence the complex numbers z satisfying the given

equations are z1 = (2 3 , - 2) and z 2 = (-2 3 , - 2)
that is, z1 = 2 3 - 2i, z 2 = -2 3 - 2i
6.

If S(n ) = i n + i - n , where i =

-n
n
n
Sol. We have, S( n ) = i + i = i +

( -1) + 1
n

in

- 1 and n is a positive

1
in

in

q 1
q
q
q
\ arg z = = arg(z - 1)
+ 2i sin cos
2
2
2
2 2
Thus, arg(z - 1) = 2 arg z.
Let z be a complex number having the argument
= 2 cos 2

9.

p
and satisfying the equation | z 3i | = 3.
2

6
is
z
Sol. From geometrical representation we know that the equation
| z 3i| = 3 represents a circle with centre C (3i) i.e., the
point (0, 3) and radius = 3 Clearly, the circle touches the x
- axis at origin O. Let a point P on the circle is the image of
z, which has argument q . hence OAP = q
By property of circle OAP = q .

Find the value of cot q -

, n = 1, 2, 3, 4,...

\ Total number of distinct values of S(n ) is 3.

If z1, z2 , z3, z4 are represented by the vertices of a rhombus
taken in the anticlock wise order, then

(a) z1 + z 2 = z 3 + z 4

q
q
q
q
cos + i sin = 2 cos .e iq / 2

2
2
2
2

q, 0 < q <

i 2n + 1

7.

= 2 cos

integer, then the total number of distinct values of S(n ) is

(a) 1
(b) 2
(c) 3
(d) 4

23

(b) z1 - z 2 + z 3 - z 4 = 0

z2 - z4 p
z1 - z 2 p
=
(d) amp z z = 2
z1 - z 3 2
3- 4
Sol. Since diagonals of a rhombus bisect each other

(c) amp

z1 + z 3 z 2 + z 4
=
= z 0 (say)
2
2
z1 - z 2 + z 3 - z 4 = 0
Also, since diagonals of a rhombus are at right angles
\

z2

z1
O

z0

z3

\ amp

z4

z + z4
z2 - 2
p
2
amp
=
z1 + z 3
2
z1 2

8.

z 2 - z0 p
=
z1 - z 0 2

amp

z2 - z4 p
=
z1 - z 3 2

If z in any complex number satisfying | z - 1 |= 1 , then
which of the following is correct ?
(a) arg(z - 1) = 2 arg z
(b) 2 arg( z) =

2
arg( z 2 - z)
3

(c) arg(z - 1) = arg(z + 1)

(d) arg z = 2 arg(z + 1)
Sol. Since | z - 1 |= 1

We have | z | = OP = OA sin q = 6 sin q

\ z = 6 sin q (cos q + i sin q )

6
1
cos q - i sin q
=
=
= cot q - i
sin q
z sin q (cos q + i sin q)

6
= i
z
10. Find the real part of tan (a + ib)
Sol. We have

\ cot q -

sin( a + i b )
2 sin( a + ib ) cos( a - ib )
tan (a + ib) = cos( a + ib ) = 2 cos( a + ib ) cos( a - ib )
[Multiplying numerator and denominator by 2 cos (a
ib)]

e 2b - e -2b

sin 2a + i

2
sin 2a + sin(2ib)

e 2b + e - 2b

cos 2a +

2 sin 2a + i(e 2b - e -2b )

2 cos 2a + (e 2b + e - 2b )

ei(2ib) - e-i(2ib)
(Euler's rotation)
Note that sin2ib =
2i
-2b 2b

e2b - e-2b
e -e

= i
. Similarly for cos (2ib).
=
2i
2

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2 sin 2 a
\ Real part of tan (a + ib) is 2 cos 2 a + ( e 2b + e - 2b )

1
11. If |z| 3, then find the least value of z +
z

Sol. : Let z = r (cos q + i sin q ). Then | z | = r 3

1
= r (cos q + i sin q) + (cos q - i sin q)
r

1
1
r + cos q + i r - sin q
r
r

1
1
1
+
+
= 2w 2
a+w b+w c+w

and

p
)
2

\ for a given value of r

1
- 2 = r -
2
r

\ ( t ) least = r -
r

Now r 3 t least 3 - 1 = 8 .
3 3
1
8
=
z
3

12. Find the set of exhaustive values of real number a for

which the equation z + a | z - 1 | +2i = 0 has a solution
Sol. Let z = x + iy
We have, z + a | z - 1 | +2i = 0
x + i( y + 2) + a ( x - 1) 2 + y 2 = 0

Equating real and imaginary parts

1
c + w2

1
1
1
+
+
=2
a +1 b +1 c +1
(a) 1
(b) 2

Sol. Since w 2 =

\ Least Value of t = z +

a+w
b+w
Then show that

2 1
= r + 2 + 2 cos 2 q
r

t2 is least if cos2 q = 1 (occurs when q =

5
5
5
is ve or a + 2 a - 2 is -ve

5
5
a
2
2
13. If w is complex cube root of unity and a, b, c are three real
numbers such that

1
1
2
2
= r + cos q + r - sin q
r
r

2
(t2)least = r +

4a 2 a 2 - 0
4

2
conclude that a -

1
Let t = z +
z

t2

4a 4 + 20a 2 (1 - a 2 ) 0 -4a 4 + 5a 2 0

(c) 3

(d) None

1
1
and w = 2 the given relation may be
w
w
1
1
1
2
+
+
=
a +w b+w c+w w

rewritten as
and

= 2w

a+w
b+w
c+w
w2
Clearly w and w2 are the roots of
2

1
1
1
2
+
+
=
a+x b+x c+x x

...(1)

or

(b + x )(c + x) + (a + x )(c + x ) + (a + x )(b + x ) 2

=
(a + x )(b + x)(c + x )
x

or

= 2 [abc + (bc + ca + ab)x + (a + b + c) x 2 + x 3 ]

y + 2 = 0 \ y = -2 and x + a ( x - 1) 2 + 4 = 0

x 3 - (bc + ca + ab)x - 2abc = 0

Now if a is the third root of this equation then sum of the

\ x 2 = a 2 ( x 2 - 2x + 5) or (1 - a 2 )x 2 + 2a 2 x - 5a 2 = 0

roots, a + w + w2 = 0 a = 1
Hence, 1 is the root of equation (1) we get

1
1
1
+
+
=2
a +1 b +1 c +1

Laws of Motion

Fill in the Blanks

1.
2.
3.

4.
5.

p
If | z | = 2 and arg (z) = then z = .............
4
The greatest and the least absolute value of z + 1 where
| z + 4 | 3 is ............. and .............
In the Argand plane, the vector z = 4 3i is turned in the
clockwise sense through 180 and stretched 3 times. The
complex number represented by the new vector is .............

The value of | a | , where a is a non-real cube root of

unity is .............
For any two complex numbers
| az1 bz2 |2 + | bz1 + az2 |2 .............
a + ib
, then (x2 + y2)2 = .............
c + id

6.

If x + iy =

7.

The real value of a for which 3i3 2ai2 + (1 a)i + 5 is

real is .............

8.

If zn = cos

p
+ sin
,
(2n + 1) (2 n + 3)
(2n + 1) (2 n + 3)

n

The real value of a for which 3i3 2ai2 + (1 a) i + 5 is

real is .............
10. If (2 + i) (2 + 2i) (2 + 3i) .... (2 + ni) = x + iy then 4. 8. 13
....... (4 + n2) = .............
9.

11.

True or False

12. Multiplication of a non-zero complex number by i rotates

it through a right angle in the anti-clockwise direction.
13. The complex number cos q + i sin q can be zero for some
q.
14. If a complex number coincides with its conjugate, then the
number must lie on imaginary axis.
15. The argument of the complex number

z = (1 + i 3) (1 + i) (cos q + i sin q) is 7p + q .
12
16. The points representing the complex number z for which
| z + 1 | < | z 1 | lies in the interior of a circle.
17. If three complex numbers z1, z2 and z3 are in A.P., then
they lie on a circle in the complex plane.
18. If n is a positive integer, then the value of in + (i)n+1 +
(i)n+2 + (i)n+3 is 0.

25

19. The points having affixes z1, z2, z3 form an equilateral

triangle iff

1
1
1
+
+
=0.
z1 - z2 z2 - z3 z3 - z1

20. Multiplication of a non-zero complex number by i rotates

the vector through a right angle in counter clockwise sense.
21. If z1, z2, z3 respectively are affixes of points A, B, C then,
z -z
CBA = 1 2
z3 - z2
22. If three complex numbers are in A.P., then they lie on a
circle in the complex plane.
23. The trigonometric form of the complex number

1
cos

(cos a + i sin a).

24. The points representing the complex numbers z for which
| z + 1 | < | z i | lie on a circle.
25. If a complex number coincides with its conjugate, then the
number must lie on the imaginary axis.
26. The fourth roots of 1, if plotted, would lie at the vertices
of a square.
27. If the complex numbers z1, z2, z3 represent the vertices of
an equilateral triangle such that | z1 | = | z2 | = | z3 |, then
z1 + z2 + z3 0
28. If in the Argand plane z1, z2, z3, z4 are four points such that
| z1 | = | z2 | = | z3 | = | z4 |, then the four points are the
vertices of a square.
29. If 4x + i (3x y) = 3 + i ( 6), where x and y are real
numbers then find the values of x and y.
30. Express the following in the form x + iy
(i)

5 + 2i
1- 2i

(iii) i35 + i 40
31. If

(ii) - 2 - i
3

(iv)

2-i
(1 + 2i ) 2

x + iy = (a + ib) then show that

- x - iy = (b - ia )

z - 8i
32. If Re
= 0 then show that z lies on the curve
z +6
x2 + y2 + 6x 8y = 0

33. Find the conjugate of

(3 - 2i ) (2 + 3i )
(1 + 2i ) (2 - i )

26

Ph y si cs

34.

35.

Let z1 and z2 be two complex numbers such that | z1 + z2 |

= | z1 | + | z2 |. Then show that arg (z1) arg (z2) = 0
If z1, z2, z3 are complex numbers such that | z1 | = | z2 | = | z3|

36.

37.

1 1
1
+ +
z1 z 2 z 3

(i) sin 2a + sin 2b + sin 2g = 0

(ii) cos 3a + cos 3b + cos 3g = 3 cos (a + b + g)
43.

39.

40.

i -1
in the
p
p
cos + i sin
3
3

44.
45.

If | z + 1 | = z + 2 (1 + i), then find z.

If arg (z 1) = arg (z + 3i) then find (x 1) : y, where
z = x + iy

46.

Show that

u v
If (x + iy)3 = u + iv then show that + = 4( x 2 - y 2 )
x y

47.

If | z1 | = | z2 | = ....... = | zn | = 1 then show that

42.

1.

2.

3.

4.

z -2
= 2 represents a circle. Find its centre
z -3

| z1 + z2 + .....+ zn | =

1 1
1
+ + ...... +
z1 z2
zn

If a complex number z lies in the interior or on the boundary

of a circle of radius 3 unit and centre ( 4, 0) then find the
greatest and least values of | z + 1|.
Find the value of 2x 4 + 5x 3 + 7x 2 x + 41, when

48.

Find the complex number satisfying the equation

x = -2 - 3i

49.

z + 2 | z + 1| + i = 0
If z and w are two complex numbers such that | zw | = 1

41.

= 1, then show that | z1 + z2 + z3 | = 1

polar form.
38.

p
p
If xn = cos + i sin
n
2
2n

Find the common roots of the equations

z3 + 2z2 + 2z + 1 = 0 and z1985 + z100 + 1 = 0
If cos a + cos b + cos g = sin a + sin b + sin g = 0 then
prove that

z and w are two nonzero complex numbers such that

| z | = |w| and Arg z + Arg w = p then z equals
[AIEEE 2002]
(a) w
(b) w
(c) w
(d) w
If |z 4| < |z 2| then its solution is given by
(a) Re(z)>0
(b) Re(z)<0 [AIEEE 2002]
(c) Re(z)>3
(d) Re(z)>2
The locus of the centre of a circle which touches the circle
| z z1 | = a and | z z2 | = b externally (z, z1 & z2 are
complex numbers) will be
[AIEEE 2002]
(a) an ellipse
(b) a hyperbola
(c) a circle
(d) none of these
Let z1 and z2 be two roots of the equation z 2 + az + b = 0
, z being complex. Further , assume that the origin, z1 and
z2 form an equilateral triangle. Then
(a)

a 2 = 4b

(c) a 2 = 2b

(b) a 2 = b
(d) a 2 = 3b

50.

If

p
, then show that z w = i
2

z -1
is a purely imaginary number then show that z lies
z +1

5.

If z and w are two non - zero complex numbers such that

p
zw = 1 and Arg ( z ) - Arg (w ) = , then zw is equal to
2
[AIEEE 2003]
(a) i
(b) 1
(c) 1
(d) i
x

6.

7.

1+ i
If
[AIEEE 2003]
= 1 then
1- i
(a) x = 2n + 1 , where n is any positive integer
(b) x = 4n , where n is any positive integer
(c) x = 2n , where n is any positive integer
(d) x = 4n + 1 , where n is any positive integer..

Let z and w be complex numbers such that z + i w = 0

and arg zw = p. Then arg z equals
[AIEEE 2004]
(a)

5p
4

(b)

p
2

(c)

3p
4

(d)

p
4

[AIEEE 2003]

Laws of Motion
1

8.

9.

x y
If z = x - i y and z 3 = p + iq , then + (p 2 + q 2 )
p q
is equal to
[AIEEE 2004]
(a) 2
(b) 1
(c) 2
(d) 1
2
2
If | z - 1 |=| z | +1, then z lies on
[AIEEE 2004]
(a) an ellipse
(b) the imaginary axis
(c) a circle
(d) the real axis

10. If the cube roots of unity are 1, w , w2 then the roots of

the equation ( x 1) 3 + 8 = 0, are

11.

1, 1, 1

(d) 1, 1 + 2 w , 1 + 2 w

(a)

17.

18.

that | z1 + z 2 | = | z1 | + | z 2 | , then argg z1 argg z 2 is equal

to
[AIEEE 2005]
p
2

(b) p

(c) 0
12. If w =

(d)
z

+ . . . . . . . . . +

(b)

(c)

b (1, )

(d) b (0,1)

0
, then H70 is equal to

(a) 0
(c) H2

(b) H
(d) H

2
If z 1 and z is real, then the point represented by the

22.

complex number z lies :

[AIEEE 2012]
(a) either on the real axis or on a circle passing through
the origin.
(b) on a circle with centre at the origin
(c) either on the real axis or on a circle not passing through
the origin.
(d) on the imaginary axis.
If z is a complex number of unit modulus and

z -1

1+ z
argument q, then arg
equals:
1 + z
[AIEEE 2006]

(a) 18
(b) 54
(c) 6
(d) 12
15. If | z + 4 | 3, then the maximum value of | z + 1 | is
[AIEEE 2007]
(a) 6
(b) 0
(c) 4
(d) 10

[AIEEE 2011]

21.

6 1
z + 6 is
z

b (-1, 0)

H =
0

[AIEEE 2006]
(a) i
(b) 1
(c) 1
(d) i
14. If z2 + z + 1 = 0, where z is complex number, then the value
of
1 2 1 3 1

z + z + z + 2 + z + 3

z
z

b =1

(a)

20.

(b) a circle
(d) a parabola

2kp
2kp

13. The value of

+ i cos
is
sin
11
11
k =1

1
1
(d)
i +1
i 1
The number of complex numbers z such that
|z 1| = |z + 1| = |z i| equals
[AIEEE 2010]
(a) 1
(b) 2
(c)
(d) 0
Let a, b be real and z be a complex number. If z2 + az + b
= 0 has two distinct roots on the line Re z =1, then it is
necessary that :
[AIEEE 2011]

Then (A, B) equals

[AIEEE 2011]
(a) (1, 1)
(b) (1, 0)
(c) (1, 1)
(d) (0, 1)
If w 1is the complex cube root of unity and matrix

-p
2

10

1
i +1

If w( 1) is a cube root of unity, and (1 + w )7 = A + Bw.

[AIEEE 2005]
(a) an ellipse
(c) a straight line

(b)

19.

1
z- i
3

1
i 1

(c)

(a)

1
then that
i 1
[AIEEE 2008]

The conjugate of a complex number is

complex number is

[AIEEE 2005]

(a) 1, 1 + 2 w , 1 2 w 2 (b)
(c) 1, 1 2 w , 1 2 w 2

16.

27

p
q
2
(c) q
(d) p q
If the cube roots of unity are 1, w, w2, then the roots of the
equation (x 1)3 + 8 = 0 are
[IIT 1979]
2
(a) 1, 1 + 2w, 1 + 2w (b) 1, 1 2w, 1 2w2
(c) 1, 1, 1
(d) None of these

(a) q

23.

[JEE M 2013]

(b)

28
24.

Ph y si cs

[IIT 1980]

34.

(1 + i )n1 + (1 + i 3 )n1 + (1 + i 5 ) n2 + (1 + i 7 ) n2 , where

1+ i

= 1 is
1- i

25.

(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)

z 5i
= 1 lie on
z + 5i

[IIT 1981]

28.

29.

30.

31.

32.

36.
[IIT 1982]

by
[IIT 1982]
(a) Re(z) 0
(b) Re(z) < 0
(c) Re(z) > 0
(d) none of these
If z = x + iy and w = (1iz)/ (z1) then |w| = 1 implies that,
in the complex plane,
[IIT 1983]
(a) z lies on the imaginary axis
(b) z lies on the real axis
(c) z lies on the unit circle
(d) None of these
The points z1, z2, z3, z4 in the complex plane are the vertices
of a parallelogram taken in order if and only if
[IIT 1983]
(a) z1 + z4 = z2 + z3
(b) z1 + z3 = z2 + z4
(c) z1 + z2 = z3 + z4
(d) None of these
If a, b, c and u, v, w are complex numbers representing the
vertices of two triangles such that c = (1 r) a + rb and
w = (1 r)u + rv, where r is a complex number, then the
two triangles
[IIT 1985]
(a) have the same area (b) are similar
(c) are congruent
(d) none of these
If w ( 1) is a cube root of unity and (1 + w)7 = A + Bw
then A and B are respectively
[IIT 1995S]
(a) 0, 1
(b) 1, 1
(c) 1, 0
(d) 1, 1
Let z and w be two non zero complex numbers such that
| z | = | w | and Arg z + Argg w = p, then z equals
(a) w
(b) - w
[IIT 1995S]

33.

334

1 i 3
+3 - +

2
2

365

[IIT 1999]
(b) 1 + i 3

(d) - i 3
i 3
If arg(z) < 0, then arg (-z) - arg(z) =
(b) - p
(a) p
(c)

37.

(d) - w

Let z and w be two complex numbers such that | z | 1,

| w | 1 and | z + i w | = | z i w | = 2 then z equals
(a) 1 or i
(b) i or i
[IIT 1995S]
(c) 1 or 1
(d) i or 1

z1 = z2 = z3 =

38.

39.

[IIT 2000S]

p
p
(d)
2
2
If z1, z2 and z3 are complex numbers such that
[IIT 2000S]

(c)

The inequality z 4 < z 2 represents the region given

(c)

If i =

(a) 1 - i 3

3 i
3 i
+ +
- , then
If z =
2 2
2 2

1 i 3
- 1 , then 4 + 5 - 2 + 2

is equal to

(a) Re(z) = 0
(b) Im(z) = 0
(c) Re(z) > 0, Im (z) > 0 (d) Re(z) > 0, Im (z) < 0
27.

35.

the x-axis
the straight line y = 5
a circle passing through the origin
none of these
5

26.

i = 1 is a real number if and only if

[IIT 1996]
(a) n1 = n2 +1
(b) n1 = n2 1
(c) n1 = n2
(d) n1 > 0, n2 > 0

(a) n = 8
(b) n = 16
(c) n = 12
(d) none of these
The complex numbers z = x + iy which satisfy the
equation

For positive integers n1, n2 the value of the expression

1 1
1
+ +
= 1, then
z1 z2 z3

z1 + z2 + z3

is
(a) equal to 1
(b) less than 1
(c) greater than 3
(d) equal to 3
Let z1 and z2 be nth roots of unity which subtend a right
angle at the origin. Then n must be of the form
[IIT 2001S]
(a) 4k + 1
(b) 4k +2
(c) 4k + 3
(d) 4k
The complex numbers z 1, z 2 an d z 3 satisfying
z 1- z 3 1 - i 3
=
are the vertices of a triangle which is
z 2 -z 3
2

40.

41.

(a) of area zero

[IIT 2001S]
(b) right-angled isosceles
(c) equilateral
(d) obtuse-angled isosceles
For all complex numbers z1, z2 satisfying |z1|=12 and
| z2-3-4i | = 5, the minimum value of |z1-z2| is[IIT 2002S]
(a) 0
(b) 2
(c) 7
(d) 17
Let w = 1

1 - 1 - w2
1
w2

1
3
+i
, then the value of the det.
2
2
1
w2
is
w4

[IIT 2002]

(a) 3w

(b) 3w(w - 1)

(c) 3w2

(d) 3w(1 - w)

29

Laws of Motion
42. If z = 1 and w =

z -1
( where z -1) , then Re( w ) is
z +1

(a) 0

(c)

(b)

z
1
.
z +1 z +12

(d)

1
z +1

[IIT 2003S]

2 units in the direction of the

p
in
2
anticlockwise direction on a circle with centre at origin, to
reach a point z2. The point z2 is given by
[IIT 2008]
(a) 6 + 7i
(b) 7 + 6i
(c) 7 + 6i
(d) 6 + 7i

2
z +1

49. A particle P starts from the point z0 = 1 + 2i, where i = -1 .

It moves horizontally away from origin by 5 units and then
vertically away from origin by 3 units to reach a point z1.

43. If w ( 1) be a cube root of unity and (1 + w2)n = (1 + w4)n,

then the least positive value of n is
[IIT 2004S]
(a) 2
(b) 3
(c) 5
(d) 6
44. The locus of z which lies in shaded region (excluding the
boundaries) is best represented by
[IIT 2005S]

m =1

at q = 2 is
( -1 + 2 , 2 )

A
(1, 0)

C
(1, 0)

( - 1 + 2 ,- 2 )

arg (z) < p

4
arg ( z) > p
4

3
2

(d)

1
2

w - wz
46. If
is purely real where w = a + ib, b 0 and z 1,
1- z
then the set of the values of z is
[IIT 2006]
(a) {z : |z| = 1}
(b) {z : z = z }
(c) {z : z 1}
(d) {z : |z| = 1, z 1}
47. A man walks a distance of 3 units from the origin towards
the north-east (N 45 E) direction. From there, he walks a
distance of 4 units towards the north-west (N 45 W)
direction to reach a point P. Then the position of P in the
Argand plane is
[IIT 2007]
(a) 3eip/4 + 4i
(b) (3 4i)eip/4
(c) (4 + 3i)eip/4
(d) (3 + 4i)eip/4
z
lie on
48. If | z | = 1 and z 1, then all the values of
1- z 2
(a) a line not passing through the origin

(b) | z | = 2
(c) the x-axis
(d) the y-axis

[IIT 2009]

(a)

1
sin 2

(b)

1
3sin 2

(c)

1
2 sin 2

(d)

1
4 sin 2

51. Let z = x + iy be a complex number where x and y are

integers. Then the area of the rectangle whose vertices are

(a) z : |z + 1| > 2 and |arg (z+1)| < p/4

(b) z : |z 1| > 2 and |arg (z1)| < p/4
(c) z : |z + 1| < 2 and |arg (z+1)| < p/2
(d) z : |z 1| < 2 and |arg (z+1)| < p/2
45. a, b, c are integers, not all simultaneously equal and w is
cube root of unity (w 1), then minimum value of
|a + bw + cw2| is
[IIT 2005S]
(a) 0
(b) 1
(c)

15

Im( z 2m 1 )

[IIT 2007]

3
3
the roots of the equation z z + z z = 350 is[IIT 2009]

(a) 48
(b) 32
(c) 40
(d) 80
52. Let z be a complex number such that the imaginary part of
z is non-zero and a = z2 + z + 1 is real. Then a cannot take
the value
[IIT 2012]
(a) 1

(b)

1
3

1
2

(d)

3
4

(c)

53. Let complex numbers a and

1
lie on circles (x x0)2
a

+ (y y0)2 = r2 and (x x0)2 + (y y0)2 = 4r 2.

respectively. If z0 = x0 + iy0 satisfies the equation
2

2 z 0 = r 2 + 2, then a =
(a)

(c)

1
2
1
7

(b)

1
2

(d)

1
3

30

1.

2.

3.

Ph y si cs

The number of solutions of the equation z2 + | z |2 = 0 where

z C is
(a) one
(b) two
(c) three
(d) infinitely many
If a and b are the roots of x2 x + 1 = 0, then the equation
whose roots are a100 and b100 are
(a) x2 x + 1 = 0
(b) x2 + x 1 = 0
2
(c) x x 1 = 0
(d) x2 + x + 1 = 0
If z be a complex number satisfying z4 + z3 + 2z2 + z + 1
= 0 then |z| is equal to
1
3
(b)
2
4
(c) 1
(d) No unique value
For a complex number z, the minimum value of
| z | + | z 2 | is
(a) 1
(b) 2
(c) 3
(d) None
The greatest and the least absolute value of z + 1,where
| z + 4 | 3 are respectively
(a) 6 and 0
(b) 10 and 6 (c) 4 and 3 (d) none

(a)
4.

5.

6.

If f(z) =

7-z
1- z2

, where z = 1+ 2i, then |f(z)| is equal to :

|z|
(b) | z |
(c) 2 | z |
(d) None
2
Given that |za| = a where z is a point in the Argand plane,

(a)
7.

z - 2a
=
z
(a) i tan (arg z)
(c) tan (arg z)

then

8.

If x + iy =

3
then 4x x2 y2 reduces to :
cos q + i sin q + 2

(a) 2
9.

(b) i cot (arg z)

(d) none of these

(b) 3

(c) 4

(d) 5

If z1 = 3 + i 3 and z 2 = 3 + i , then the complex

50

z1
number lies in the :
z2

a - ib
10. The value of Arg i ln
, where a and b are real
a + ib
numbers, is

(a) 0 or p
(c) not defined

p
(b)
2
(d) none of these.

(a) ep/2
(b) ep/2

(c) ep

(d) ep

12. The solution of the equation z(z - 2i) = 2(2 + i) are

(a) 3 + i, 3 i
(b) 1 + 3i, 1 3i
(c) 1 + 3i, 1 i
(d) 1 3i, 1 + i
13. If the quadratic equation z2 + (a + ib) z + c + id = 0 where
a, b, c, d are non-zero real number, has a real root then
(a) abd = b2c + d2
(b) abc = bc2 + d2
2
2
(c) abd = bc + ad
(d) none of these.
14. Let l R . If the origin and the non real roots of
2 z 2 + 2 z + l = 0 form the three vertices of an equilateral
triangle in the argand plane. Then l is
2
(c) 2
(d) 1
3
15. Let OA.OB = 1 and let O, A, B, be three collinear points.
If O and B represent the complex numbers 0 and z, then A
represents :

(a) 1

(b)

1
1
(d) z 2
(b)
(c) z
z
z
16. The area of the triangle on the Argand diagram formed by
the complex number z, iz and z+iz is

(a)

| z |2
| z |2
(c)
(d) None
3
2
17. If z, wz ane w z are the vertices of a triangle, then the area
of the triangle will be (where w is cube root of unity) :

(a) |z|2

(a)

(b)

3 | z |2
2

(b)

3 3 | z |2
2

3 | z |2
(d) None of these
2
18. Let z lies on the circle centred at the origin. If area of the
triangle whose vertices are z, wz and z+wz, where w is the
(c)

cube root of unity is 4 3 sq. unit. Then radius of the circle

is :
(a) 1 unit
(b) 2 units
(c) 4 Units (d) none
19. If x = cos q + i sin q , y = cos f + isin f ,
z = cos y + isin y and

x
y
z
= 1,
+
+
y
z
x

then cos( f y ) + cos( y q ) + cos( q f ) is

(a)

3
2

(b)

3
2

(c) 0

(d) 1

31

Laws of Motion
20. Let z = 1 t + i

The locus of z in the Argand plane is

(a) a hyperbola
(b) an ellipse
(c) a straight line
(d) none of these.
21. The locus of a point in the Argand plane that moves
satisfying the equation | z - 1 + i | - | z - 2 - i | = 3 :
(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)

3
is a circle with radius 3 and centre at z =
2
is an ellipse with its foci at 1 i and 2 + i and major
axis = 3
is a hyperbola with its foci at 1i and 2 + i and its
transverse axis = 3
none of the above

22. The locus represented by | z - 1 | = | z + i | is

(a) a circle of radius 1
(b) an ellipse with foci at (1, 0) and (0, 1)
(c) a straight line through the origin
(d) a circle on the line joining (1, 0), (0, 1) as diameter.
23. The maximum value of |z| when z satisfies the condition
z+

2
= 2 is
z

28. Let z be a complex number of maximum modulus such

that z +

1
= 1. Then
z

(a) Im (z) = 0
(b) Re (z) = 0
(d) None of these
(c) amp (z) = p
29. If a, b, g and a, b, c are complex numbers such that

a b c
b
g
a
+
+
= 1 + i and + + = 0, then the value of
b
c
a b g
a
a2

b2

a2
b2
(a) 0

g2

is equal to
c2
(b) 1

(c) 2i

30. If z = x + iy, z1 / 3 = a ib, then

where k is equal to
(a) 1
(b) 2

(d) 2i

y
x
= k ( a2 b2 )
b
a

(c) 3

(d) 4
iA

31. If A, B, C are the angles of a triangle and e , e iB , e iC are

in A.P. Then the triangle must be
(a) right angled
(b) isosceles
(c) equilateral
(d) None of these
32. The principle value of the arg (z) and | z | of the complex

(a)

3 -1

(b)

3 +1

11p
11p
+ i sin
number z = 1 + cos
are respectively..
9

(c)

(d)

2+ 3

(a)

1
= 2 . Which
z

(a) | z |

2 +1

(c) | z | 4

(b) | z |
(d)

2 -1

2 -1

2 +1

W 1 and Z+ i W = Z i W = 2. Then Z equals

(a) 1 or i
(b) i or i
(c) 1 or i
26. If w is imaginary cube root of unity, then

(d) i or 1

sin (w13 + w2 ) p + is equal to

4

3
1
1
3
(b)
(c)
(d)
2
2
2
2
27. If n is a positive integer grater than unity and z is a complex
satisfying the equation z n = (z + 1) n , then
(a) Re(z) < 0
(b) Re(z) > 0
(d) z lies on x =

(b)

7p
11p
, 2cos
.
18
18

(d)

p
p
, 2cos
9
18

33. If z = ( l + 3) + i 5 l2 then the locus of z is a

(a) circle
(b) sphere
(c) straight line
(d) None of these
34. Let z = log 2 (1 + i), then (z + z ) + i (z z ) =
ln 4 + p
p ln 4
(b)
ln 4
ln 2
ln 4 - p
p + ln 4
(d)
(c)
ln 4
ln 2
35. The number of 25th roots of unity which are also 15th
roots of unity is
(a) 15
(b) 5
(c) 20
(d) 10

(a)

(a)

(c) Re(z) = 0

11p
p
, 2cos
8
18
2p
7p
, 2cos
(c)
9
18

1
2

5p
5p

(a) cos
+ i sin

48
48

29p
29p
(b) cos
+ i sin

48
48

7p
7p
+ isin
48
48

19p
19p
isin

48
48

(c) cos

(d) cos

32

Ph y si cs

37. If z1 = z 2 = ........... z n = 1, then the value of

z1 + z 2 + ........ z n

(a) 0

1
z1

+
1

(b) 1

1
1
is,
+ ........+
z2
zn

(c) 1

(d) None

A
B
+
= 1.
B
A
Then the origin and two points A and B form a triangle which
is
(a) equilateral
(b) obtuse angled triangle
(c) right angled triangle
(d) None of these

45. For x R, and x > 1, the value of

x i
p + 2 tan 1 x, is
i log
x
+
i

(a) 0
(b) 1
(c) 1

2

complex number z is:

(a)

1
(cos a + i sin a )
cos a

(b)

1
[cos ( p + a ) + i sin( p + a )
- cos a

39. The three points z1 , z 2 , z 3 are connected by the relation

a z1 + b z 2 + c z 3 = 0, z1 , z 2 , z 3 are complex numbers
and a + b + c = 0 a, b, c R . Then the points are
(a) collinear
(b) not collinear
(c) linearly dependent
(d) linearly independent
40. If z1 = a + ib and z 2 = c + id are complex numbers such
that z1 = z 2 = 1 and Re (z1z 2 ) = 0 then the pair of
complex numbers w 1 = a + ic and w 2 = b + id satisfy

w1 = 1

(a)

w2 = 1

(b)

(d) none of these

(c) Re ( w1 w 2 ) = 0
41. Complex number z satisfies | z a + ia | = 1 and has the
least absolute value. Its absolute value is
(a) a 2 1 (b) a 2 + 1 (c) 0
(d)
42. If ( w 1) is a cube root of unity, then
1
1+ w
1+ w

(a) 0

1+ w

1 + w2

1
1 + w2

1+ w
1

(b) 1

(c) 4

(c)

(b)

x2
y2
+
=1
8
10

(d)

(d) 2

x2
y2
+
=1
9
40
x2
y2
+
=1
3
25

44. If a , b are the roots of the equation t 2 2t + 2 = 0, a value of

x R so that

sin nq
( x + a) n (x + b) n
=
is
a b
sin n q

(a) cot q 1

(b) cot q + 1

(c) cos q

(d) tan q + 1

2(z - 1)

47. If sin 1
2 is defined for some z, where z is non(
1
+
i
)

real, then:
(a) Re (z) = 1, 1 Im (z) 1
(b) Re (z) = 1, Im (z) = 2
(c) Re (z) = 1, <Im(z)<
(d) Re (z) = 1, | Im(z) | 1
48. Let z1 and z2 be non-zero complex numbers satisfying the
equation z12 2z1z2 + 2z22 = 0. The geometrical nature of
the triangle whose vertices are the origin and the points
representing z1 and z2 is
(a) an isosceles right angled triangle
(b) a right angled triangle
(c) an equilateral triangle
(d) none of these.

(a) | z + z |=

cartesian coordinate becomes

x2
y2
+
=1
25
16

1
[cos ( 2 p + a ) + i sin( 2 p + a )]
cos a
(d) None of the above.

(c)

43. Equation of an ellipse is z + 3 + z 3 = 10 which in

(a)

(d) 2

1
2

(c) | z + z | =1

(b) z + z = 1
(d) None of these.

50. z1 , z 2 , z 3 are the affixes of the vertices of a triangle

having it circumcentre at the origin. If z is the affix of its
orthocentre, then
(a) z1 + z 2 + z 3 z = 0
(b) z1 + z 2 z 3 + z = 0
(c) z1 z 2 + z 3 + z = 0
(d) z1 + z 2 + z 3 + z = 0
51. If z1 , z 2 , z 3 are three distinct complex numbers and a, b,
c are three +ve real numbers such that
a
b
c
=
=
z 2 z3
z 3 z1
z1 z 2

then

Laws of Motion
(a)

a2
c2
b2

=0
z 2 z3
z1 z 2
z 3 z1

(b)

c
a
b
=0
+
+
z1 z 2
z 2 z3
z 3 z1

(c)

a2
b2
c2
+
+
=0
z 2 z3
z 3 z1
z1 z 2

DIRECTION : Questions no. 59 to 63 are Assertion-Reason

type questions. Each of these questions contains two statements
: Statement-1 (Assertion) and Statement-2 (Reason). Answer these
questions from the following four options.
(a)
(b)
(c)

(d) None of these

52. The triangle whose vertices are z1 , z 2 , z 3 and z1 ' , z 2 ' ,
z1

z3
(a) 0

(b) 1

z2 ' 1 is
z3 ' 1

(d) None

53. Assume that A i (i = 1, 2, ........, n) are the vertices of a

regular polygon inscribed in a circle of radius unity then
n 1

the value of A1A i + 1

i =1

55. If

6i

- 3i

3i

-1

20

(d) 2n

3
4

2
60. Statement 1 : 3 + ix y and x 2 + y + 4i are conjugate

az1 bz 2
+
is a point on the line segment
bz 2 az1

(c) 3

(d)

3 3
2

z+2

is 4, z 1, then the locus of the

z -1
point representing z in the complex plane is
(a) a straight line parallel to x-axis
(b) a straight line equally inclined to axes
(c) a circle with radius 2

Statement 2 : If sum an d product of two complex

numbers is real then they are conjugate
complex numbers.
61. Statement 1 : If z1 and z2 are two distinct points in an
Argand plane. If a |z 1 | = b |z 2 |, then

= x + iy, then

(b) 3 3

x2 + x + 2 = 0

numbers, then x 2 + y 2 = 3

(a) x = 3, y = 1
(b) x = 1, y = 3
(c) x = 0, y = 3
(d) x = 0, y = 0
56. Let A0A1A2A3A4A5 be a regular hexagon inscribed in a
circle of unit radius. Then the product of the lengths of the
line segments A0A1,A0A2 and A0A4 is
(a)

p = a + a 2 + a 4 , q = a 3 + a 5 + a 6 then
the equation where roots are p and q is

1 + a + a 2 + .......... . + a 6 = 0

, is

(a) 2n
(b) n
(c) n
54. Let a complex function be defined as
g (z) = z z . If g(zw) = g ( z w), then
(a) z is purely real
(b) w is purely real
(c) w is purely imaginary
(d) atleast one of (a) or (c) is true.

(d)

Statement -1 is false, Statement-2 is true

Statement -1 is true, Statement-2 is true; Statement -2 is a
correct explanation for Statement-1
Statement -1 is true, Statement-2 is true; Statement -2 is
not a correct explanation for Statement-1
Statement -1 is true, Statement-2 is false

2p
2p
59. Statement 1 : If a = cos + i sin ,
7
7

z1 ' 1

(c) 1

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1
2
58. For the complex numbers z1 and z2 if

| 1 - z1 z2 |2 - | z1 - z2 |2 = k (1- | z1 |2 ) (1- | z2 |2 )
then k equals to
(a) 1
(b) 1
(c) 2
(d) 2

[2, 2] of the real axis.

Statement 2 : When arg (z1) = q and arg (z2) = q + a
\

az1 bz 2
+
= e -ia + e ia = 2 cos a
bz 2 az1

62. Statement 1 : If x 2 + x + 1 = 0 then the value of

2

27
1 2 1
1

x + + x + 2 + .... + x + 27
x

x
x

is 54.
Statement 2 : w, w2 are the roots of given equation and

x+

1
1
1
= -1, x 2 + 2 = -1, x 3 + 3 = 2
x
x
x

63. Statement 1 : If |z| <

2
2 - 1 , then | z + 2z cos a | is less

than 1.
Statement 2 : | z1 + z 2 | < | z1 | + | z 2 | also | cos a | 1

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