De Moivre formula

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The formula expressing the rule for raising a complex number, expressed in trigonometric form

to an -th power. According to de Moivre's formula the modulus of the complex number is raised to that power and the argument is multiplied by the exponent:

The formula was found by A. de Moivre (1707), its modern notation was suggested by L. Euler (1748).

De Moivre's formula can be used to express and in powers of and :

Inversion of de Moivre's formula leads to a formula for extracting roots of a complex number:

which is also sometimes called de Moivre's formula.



[a1] A.I. Markushevich, "Theory of functions of a complex variable" , 1 , Chelsea (1977) (Translated from Russian)
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