Re: Absolute Value of Complex Numbers

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• Subject: [mg35202] Re: Absolute Value of Complex Numbers
• From: "Allan Hayes" <hay at haystack.demon.co.uk>
• Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2002 02:11:55 -0400 (EDT)
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```"Kyle Davis" <kyledavis at nowhere.com> wrote in message
news:afp0oh\$h08\$1 at smc.vnet.net...
> Abs[2 Exp[3 * i]]
>
> Abs[2 Exp[k * i]]
>
> Isn't the second answer supposed to be the same with the first one,
regardless with the value of k?

Only if k is real, but Mathematica allows for other values, for example

Abs[2 Exp[I* I]]

2/E

The general result is if k = x+I y then we get Abs[2 Exp[(x+I y)] =  2 Abs[
Exp[-y+ I x] ] = Abs[Exp[y] Exp[I x]] = Abs[Exp[-y]] = Exp[-y]]

>How do I make the second calculation give me the right answer?

Simplify[Abs[2 Exp[k * I]], Element[k, Reals]]

2

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Allan

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