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You may have met complex numbers before, but not had experience in manipulating them. This free course gives an accessible introduction to complex numbers, which are very important in science and technology, as well as mathematics. The course includes definitions, concepts and techniques which will be very helpful and interesting to a wide variety of people with a reasonable background in algebra and trigonometry.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- perform basic algebraic manipulation with complex numbers
- understand the geometric interpretation of complex numbers
- know methods of finding the nth roots of complex numbers and the solutions of simple polynomial equations.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Introduction
- 2 The complex number system
- 3 The complex plane
- 4 Sets of points in the complex plane
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You may have met complex numbers before, but not had experience in manipulating them. This course gives an accessible introduction to complex numbers, which are very important in science and technology, as well as mathematics. The course includes definitions, concepts and techniques which will be very helpful and interesting to a wide variety of people with a reasonable background in algebra and trigonometry.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 3 study in
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Mathematics courses or view the range of currently available OU Mathematics courses.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 28th June 2011
Last updated on: Tuesday, 15th March 2016
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