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# Solved Examples - Multiply Complex Numbers For ACT Students
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Multiply the complex numbers as indicated.
Write the real part as applicable.
Write the imaginary part as applicable.

(1.)

$(3 - 4i) + (5 + 3i) \\[3ex] 3 - 4i + 5 + 3i \\[3ex] 3 + 5 - 4i + 3i \\[3ex] 8 - i \\[3ex] Real\:\: part = 8 \\[3ex] Imaginary\:\: part = -1$
(2.)

$(-3 + 7i) - (-7i - 12) \\[3ex] = -3 + 7i + 7i + 12 \\[3ex] = -3 + 12 + 7i + 7i \\[3ex] = 9 + 14i \\[3ex] Real\:\: part = 9 \\[3ex] Imaginary\:\: part = 14$
(3.) ACT For all real numbers $x$ and the imaginary number $i$, which of the following expressions is equivalent to $(x - 3i)^3$

First Method: Pascal's Triangle (recommended for ACT because it is a timed test)
Here is a video on Pascal's Triangle
$\:\:\:\: 1 \\[3ex] \:\:\:\:1\:\:\:\:2\:\:\:\:1 \\[3ex] \:1\:\:\:\:\:3\:\:\:\:\:3\:\:\:\:\:1 \\[3ex] 1(x)^3 + 3(x)^2(-3i) + 3(x)(-3i)^2 + 1(-3i)^3 \\[3ex] 1(x^3) - 9x^2i + 3x(-3)^2(i^2) + (-3)^3 (i^3) \\[3ex] x^3 - 9x^2i + 3x(9)(-1) + (-27)(-i) \\[3ex] x^3 - 9x^2i - 27x + 27i \\[3ex]$ Second Method: Normal Expansion
We shall multiply two terms first.
Then, multiply the product with the third term.

$(x - 3i)(x - 3i) \\[3ex] x(x) = x^2 \\[3ex] x(-3i) = -3xi \\[3ex] (-3i)(x) = -3xi \\[3ex] (-3i)(-3i) = 9i^2 = 9(-1) = -9 \\[3ex] = x^2 - 3xi - 3xi - 9 \\[3ex] = x^2 - 6xi - 9 \\[5ex] (x^2 - 6xi - 9)(x - 3i) \\[3ex] x^2(x) = x^3 \\[3ex] x^2(-3i) = -3x^2i \\[3ex] -6xi(x) = -6x^2i \\[3ex] -6xi(-3i) = 18xi^2 = 18x(-1) = -18x \\[3ex] -9(x) = -9x \\[3ex] -9(-3i) = 27i \\[3ex] = x^3 - 3x^2i - 6x^2i - 18x - 9x + 27i \\[3ex] = x^3 - 9x^2i - 27x + 27i \\[3ex] = x^3 - 27x - 9x^2i + 27i \\[3ex] = x^3 - 27x + i(-9x^2 + 27) \\[3ex] Real\:\: part = x^3 - 27x \\[3ex] Imaginary\:\: part = -9x^2 + 27$
(4.)

$-\sqrt {-53} \\[3ex] = -1 * \sqrt{-1} * \sqrt{53} \\[3ex] = - 1* i * \sqrt{53} \\[3ex] = -i\sqrt{53}$
(5.) $\left(\dfrac{1}{6} + \dfrac{i\sqrt{13}}{6}\right)^2$

$\left(\dfrac{1}{6} + \dfrac{i\sqrt{13}}{6}\right)^2 \\[5ex] = \left(\dfrac{1}{6} + \dfrac{i\sqrt{13}}{6}\right)\left(\dfrac{1}{6} + \dfrac{i\sqrt{13}}{6}\right) \\[5ex] \dfrac{1}{6} * \dfrac{1}{6} = \dfrac{1}{36} \\[5ex] \dfrac{1}{6} * \dfrac{i\sqrt{13}}{6} = \dfrac{i\sqrt{13}}{36} \\[5ex] \dfrac{i\sqrt{13}}{6} * \dfrac{1}{6} = \dfrac{i\sqrt{13}}{36} \\[5ex] \dfrac{i\sqrt{13}}{6} * \dfrac{i\sqrt{13}}{6} = \dfrac{i^2(\sqrt{13})^2}{36} = \dfrac{(-1)(13)}{36} = -\dfrac{13}{36} \\[5ex] = \dfrac{1}{36} + \dfrac{i\sqrt{13}}{36} + \dfrac{i\sqrt{13}}{36} -\dfrac{13}{36} \\[5ex] = \dfrac{1}{36} -\dfrac{13}{36} + \dfrac{2i\sqrt{13}}{36} \\[5ex] = -\dfrac{12}{36} + \dfrac{2i\sqrt{13}}{36} \\[5ex] = -\dfrac{1}{3} + \dfrac{i\sqrt{13}}{18} \\[5ex] Real\:\: part = -\dfrac{1}{3} \\[5ex] Imaginary\:\: part = \dfrac{\sqrt{13}}{18}$
(6.)

$\sqrt{\dfrac{-49}{75}} \\[5ex] = \sqrt {\dfrac{-1 * 49}{75}} \\[5ex] = \sqrt{-1} * \sqrt{\dfrac{49}{75}} \\[5ex] = i * \dfrac{\sqrt{49}}{\sqrt{75}} \\[5ex] = i * \dfrac{7}{\sqrt{25 * 3}} \\[5ex] = i * \dfrac{7}{\sqrt{25} * \sqrt{3}} \\[5ex] = i * \dfrac{7}{5 * \sqrt{3}} \\[5ex] = \dfrac{7i}{5\sqrt{3}} \\[5ex] = \dfrac{7i}{5\sqrt{3}} * \dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{\sqrt{3}} \\[5ex] = \dfrac{7i\sqrt{3}}{5\sqrt{3}*\sqrt{3}} \\[5ex] = \dfrac{7i\sqrt{3}}{5(3)} \\[5ex] = \dfrac{7i\sqrt{3}}{15} \\[5ex]$
(7.) $[x - (3 + 7i)][x - (3 - 7i)]$

We can do this question in two ways.

Choose whatever way you prefer.

$\underline{First\:\: Method:}\:\: Normal\:\: Expansion \\[3ex] [x - (3 + 7i)][x - (3 - 7i)] \\[3ex] = (x - 3 - 7i)(x - 3 + 7i) \\[3ex] x(x) = x^2 \\[3ex] x(-3) = -3x \\[3ex] x(7i) = 7xi \\[3ex] -3(x) = -3x \\[3ex] -3(-3) = 9 \\[3ex] -3(7i) = -21i \\[3ex] -7i(x) = -7xi \\[3ex] -7i(-3) = 21i \\[3ex] -7i(7i) = -49i^2 = -49(-1) = 49 \\[3ex] = x^2 - 3x + 7xi - 3x + 9 - 21i -7xi + 21i + 49 \\[3ex] = x^2 - 6x + 58 \\[5ex] \underline{Second\:\: Method:}\:\: Difference \:\:of\:\: Two\:\: Squares \\[3ex] [x - (3 + 7i)][x - (3 - 7i)] \\[3ex] = (x - 3 - 7i)(x - 3 + 7i) \\[3ex] = [(x - 3) - 7i][(x - 3) + 7i] \\[3ex] = (x - 3)^2 - (7i)^2 \\[3ex] = [(x - 3)(x - 3)] - (7^2 * i^2) \\[3ex] = [x^2 - 3x - 3x + 9] - (49 * -1) \\[3ex] = x^2 - 6x + 9 - (-49) \\[3ex] = x^2 - 6x + 9 + 49 \\[3ex] = x^2 - 6x + 58$
(8.)

$-2\left|3 - \dfrac{p}{3}\right| + 1 = -5 \\[5ex] -2\left|3 - \dfrac{p}{3}\right| = -5 - 1 \\[5ex] -2\left|3 - \dfrac{p}{3}\right| = -6 \\[5ex] \left|3 - \dfrac{p}{3}\right| = \dfrac{-6}{-2} \\[5ex] \left|3 - \dfrac{p}{3}\right| = 3 \\[5ex] This\:\: means\:\: that \\[5ex] 3 - \dfrac{p}{3} = 3 \:\:OR\:\: -(3 - \dfrac{p}{3} = 3 \\[5ex] 3 - \dfrac{p}{3} = 3 \\[5ex] 3 - 3 = \dfrac{p}{3} \\[5ex] 0 = \dfrac{p}{3} \\[5ex] \dfrac{p}{3} = 0 \\[5ex] p = 0(3) \\[3ex] p = 0 \\[3ex] OR \\[3ex] -(3 - \dfrac{p}{3} = 3 \\[5ex] Divide\:\: both\:\: sides\:\: by\:\: -1 \\[3ex] 3 - \dfrac{p}{3} = -3 \\[5ex] 3 + 3 = \dfrac{p}{3} \\[5ex] 6 = \dfrac{p}{3} \\[5ex] \dfrac{p}{3} = 6 \\[5ex] p = 6(3) \\[3ex] p = 18 \\[3ex]$ Check
Check for both values.
 $\underline{LHS} \\[3ex] -2\left|3 - \dfrac{p}{3}\right| + 1 \\[5ex] p = 0 \\[3ex] -2\left|3 - \dfrac{0}{3}\right| + 1 \\[5ex] -2|3 - 0| + 1 \\[5ex] -2|3| + 1 \\[3ex] -2(3) + 1 \\[3ex] -6 + 1 \\[3ex] -5 \\[3ex]$ $p = 0$ is a solution $-2\left|3 - \dfrac{p}{3}\right| + 1 \\[5ex] p = 18 \\[3ex] -2\left|3 - \dfrac{18}{3}\right| + 1 \\[5ex] -2|3 - 6| + 1 \\[5ex] -2|-3| + 1 \\[3ex] -2(3) + 1 \\[3ex] -6 + 1 \\[3ex] -5 \\[3ex]$ $p = 18$ is a solution $\underline{RHS} \\[3ex] -5$