Finding Complex Roots: Can You Trust Your Calculator?

  • Finding Complex Roots: Can You Trust Your Calculator?

    Barbara Ciesla, John Watson
    This article investigates a specific instance when the textbook answer for finding a root of a complex number differed with the answer given by the TI-83. After explaining the reason for the difference the article then expands the definition of the integral root of a complex number to an arbitrary complex power of a complex number. Read now to see where false assumptions might be made based on the results of a calculator and see explanations of how to overcome those assumptions with logic and proof.