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Re: Forcing Re[]'s to be Real

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  • Subject: [mg18234] Re: [mg18223] Forcing Re[]'s to be Real
  • From: Haiduke Sarafian <has2 at>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 14:24:17 -0400
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At 08:41 PM 6/22/99 -0400, Anthony Foglia wrote:
>	I seem to have found an interesting problem involving computing the
>real part of complex numbers.  (Interesting, in that it wasn't there a few
>weeks ago when I ran the (as-far-as-i-can-remember) exact same code.)
>I have a complex function:
>k[w] := Sqrt[w^2 (1 + (2 / (1 + I w)))]
>I want to graph the real and imaginary parts, but Mathematica doesn't want
>to express the Re[k[w]] as a real number.  What do I mean?  Well, if I
>I get out
>Same if I do Re[ComplexExpand[Sqrt[1+I]]], or Re[(1+I)^(1/2)].  But if I
>Mathematica is kind enough to respond with:
>2^(1/4) Cos[Pi/8]
>I'm certain that this is the root of my problem, but I'll be damned if I
>know why Mathematica doesn't like it now, but did a few weeks ago.  Any
Anthony;  the source of the problem is the argument of  k[w] function - It
should read k[w_]:=...
As you suggested,  to extract the Re and Im components of k[w] apply
Re[ComplexExpand[k[w]] and Im[ComplexExpand[k[w]] - then you can graph the
outputs. Cheers

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