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Complex Numbers

A complex number is a number in the form a + b * i where a and b are real and i satisfies i^2 = -1.

a is called the real part and b is called the imaginary part of z. The conjugate of the number a + b * i is the number a - b * i. The absolute value of a complex number z = a + b * i is a real number |z| = sqrt(a^2 + b^2). The square of the absolute value |z|^2 is the result of multiplication of z by its complex conjugate.

The sum/difference of two complex numbers involves adding/subtracting their real and imaginary parts separately: (a + i * b) + (c + i * d) = (a + c) + (b + d) * i, (a + i * b) - (c + i * d) = (a - c) + (b - d) * i.

Multiplication result is by definition (a + i * b) * (c + i * d) = (a * c - b * d) + (b * c + a * d) * i.

The reciprocal of a non-zero complex number is 1 / (a + i * b) = a/(a^2 + b^2) - b/(a^2 + b^2) * i.

Dividing a complex number a + i * b by another c + i * d gives: (a + i * b) / (c + i * d) = (a * c + b * d)/(c^2 + d^2) + (b * c - a * d)/(c^2 + d^2) * i.

Exponent of a complex number can be expressed as exp(a + i * b) = exp(a) * exp(i * b), and the last term is given by Euler's formula exp(i * b) = cos(b) + i * sin(b).

Implement the following operations:

Assume the programming language you are using does not have an implementation of complex numbers.

You also need to implement a equal/2 function. For this you can consider two numbers as equal, when the difference of each component is less than 0.005.

Running tests

In order to run the tests, issue the following command from the exercise directory:

For running the tests provided, rebar3 is used as it is the official build and dependency management tool for erlang now. Please refer to the tracks installation instructions on how to do that.

In order to run the tests, you can issue the following command from the exercise directory.

$ rebar3 eunit

Test versioning

Each problem defines a macro TEST_VERSION in the test file and verifies that the solution defines and exports a function test_version returning that same value.

To make tests pass, add the following to your solution:


test_version() ->

The benefit of this is that reviewers can see against which test version an iteration was written if, for example, a previously posted solution does not solve the current problem or passes current tests.


For detailed information about the Erlang track, please refer to the help page on the Exercism site. This covers the basic information on setting up the development environment expected by the exercises.


Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complex_number

Submitting Incomplete Solutions

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.