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There are three supported notations for complex numbers in rectangular
form. The default is as a pair of real numbers enclosed in parentheses
and separated by a comma: `(a,b)'. The d c
(calc-complex-notation
) command selects this style.
The other notations are d i (calc-i-notation
), in which
numbers are displayed in `a+bi' form, and d j
(calc-j-notation
) which displays the form `a+bj' preferred
in some disciplines.
Complex numbers are normally entered in `(a,b)' format.
If you enter `2+3i' as an algebraic formula, it will be stored as
the formula `2 + 3 * i'. However, if you use = to evaluate
this formula and you have not changed the variable `i', the `i'
will be interpreted as `(0,1)' and the formula will be simplified
to `(2,3)'. Other commands (like calc-sin
) will not
interpret the formula `2 + 3 * i' as a complex number.
See section 5.14 Variables, under "special constants."
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