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Exercise [05.10] b
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Supporter Joined: 07 Jun 2008, 08:21
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We know that generally (see my post on the general power )

It’s important to make the distinction between

1) which is multi-valued and

2) .... which is single valued

Looking at 1) above for z=1 we obtain Just as (in one of my earlier posts) I used Log w to represent the multi-valued logarithm of w, and log w to represent the principal value, such that ,
so I could use E(z) to represent the multi-valued exp (z) and e the principal value: , where k is any integer value, positive or negative.

if we take k in the range -2 to +2 then we get:   (the e we all know and love!)  These are all separate valid values for Writing as is done in Ex 05.10, is not a valid thing to do. It is the same as saying:  And therefore .

A simpler, more obvious example of a similar fallacy would be for example sqrt(9). This is also multi-valued and has the 2 possible distinct values -3 and +3.
However, writing  and then saying
Therefore +3=-3 is clearly fallacious.

Or, another example  but we know therefore  fallacious again.

When we say, for example above, that +3=-3 because they are both equal to sqrt(9), we are forgetting that sqrt(9) is a multi-valued function and therefore we are not allowed to equate the two values.

This is exactly the same as saying is equal to .
If we take logarithms then we can see the fallacy immediately: and it is clear that Last edited by vasco on 03 Sep 2008, 10:13, edited 1 time in total.

15 Jun 2008, 07:29 Supporter Joined: 07 Jun 2008, 08:21
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Rather than edit my previous post on this exercise, which I believe to be essentially correct, I would like to submit the following, which I think gives a better explanation.
Attachment: RTRex5-10v2.pdf [35.03 KiB]

09 Aug 2008, 15:40 Joined: 22 Sep 2011, 10:17
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One thing I don't understand here is: yes e and e^{1+2iPi} are just two values of the multifunction E(1) so you can't just go e=E(1)=e^{1+2iPi} so therefore e=e^{1+2ipi} isnt true necessarily anymore so than you can go -3=sqrt(9)=+3 so -3=+3. But in the case of E(1) the two apparently distinct values are actually equal aren't they because of Euler ident? It's like having a mulifunction f(x) which has "distinct" values +x and -(-x) or something because e^{1+2iPi}=e^1e^{2iPi}=e^1 (cos(2Pi)+isin(2Pi)=e^1?

I'm obviously confused about something here..

I think the key is probably you mean e in the series sense at the end? i.e e^z=1+z+z^2/2+..... then e^1=1+1+1/2+..... and e^{1+i2Pi}=1+1+i2Pi+1/2(1+i4Pi-4Pi^2}+..... so in that sense the multivalues are not equatable?

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