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Problem with ComplexExpand[Abs[]]

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  • Subject: [mg1807] Problem with ComplexExpand[Abs[]]
  • From: Paul E Howland <PEHOWLAND at>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Aug 1995 00:01:58 -0400

I'm posting this on behalf of a colleague of mine.

He is running into a problem where 

	ComplexExpand[Abs[a + I b + Sqrt[a + I b]]]

will not evaluate further.  What's going on?  Is there a way to expand 
Sqrt[a + I b] into something of the form (d + I e) which Abs can cope 
with, or has he hit against some fundamental problem with complex algebra 
which says there is no general solution to this problem?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Paul E Howland                         

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