complex number

noun

Definition of complex number

: a number of the form a + b √-1 where a and b are real numbers

Examples of complex number in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Infinite-Degree Maps Start with a function, or f, defined in terms of a complex number, or z. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, 24 Apr. 2021 Those who need only a computer and an internet connection to run simulations or crunch complex numbers continued their work from home. Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2020 The result is a snappy and complex number that seems anything but ad hoc. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, 15 Nov. 2019 Her joyous and complicated routine split the judges – some felt the timing fell off during the complex numbers. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2019 Our February Insights puzzle sent readers on a treasure hunt based on complex numbers. Quanta Magazine, 22 Mar. 2019 The first of these problems can be solved by classical or coordinate geometry, but the complex number solution is simpler (go figure!). Quanta Magazine, 14 Feb. 2019 Actually, the drunken driver and the triple murderer were only a few points apart on their risk-assessment score, a complex number system Idaho and other states use to classify prisoners as minimum-, medium- or maximum-security risks. Rebecca Boone, The Seattle Times, 15 Mar. 2018 Actually, the drunken driver and the triple murderer were only a few points apart on their risk assessment score, a complex number system Idaho and other states use to classify prisoners as minimum-, medium- or maximum-security risks. Rebecca Boone, idahostatesman, 15 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of complex number

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of complex number was in 1856

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“Complex number.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/complex%20number. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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