imaginary part


Definition of imaginary part

: the part of a complex number (such as 3i in 2 + 3i) that has the imaginary unit as a factor

Examples of imaginary part in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new paper shows that treating the system as real requires introducing extra information that usually resides in the imaginary part of the wave function. Quanta Magazine, "Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality," 3 Mar. 2021 In this solution, known as the Argand (or complex) plane, the location of every point is the sum of a real part for its horizontal distance and an imaginary part for its vertical distance from the origin. Quanta Magazine, "How to Find Simple Treasures in Complex Numbers," 14 Feb. 2019 Complex numbers are made up of a real part and an imaginary part. Quanta Magazine, "The (Imaginary) Numbers at the Edge of Reality," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of imaginary part

1747, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of imaginary part was in 1747

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15 Mar 2021

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“Imaginary part.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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