October 2015 Archives

What Are You Pointing At?

One of the nice properties of complex numbers is that all of the arithmetic operations that we are familiar with more or less behave as expected when applied to them, as we demonstrated with our ak.complex class.
We have also seen that whilst vectors are simply quantities having both direction and length, or magnitude, the easiest way to manipulate them is to define them as arrays of coordinates, or elements, and their arithmetic operations in terms of arithmetic operations upon those elements.
So what's to stop us using complex numbers for their elements?

Nothing but a complete lack of imagination!

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