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Sun November 11, 2012 By:

tell something about imaginary numbers.

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Sun November 11, 2012
In solving quadratic equations, we often get a square root of negative number as part of values of roots.
For eg x2+ 1= 0 gives x = sqrt of (-1)
The extraction of square root is not possible as no real number exists which when squared will yield a negative number (-1, in the above case).
So, a new type of number known as imaginary number is used to extract the square root of a real number. 
Eg sqrt (-4) = 2 sqrt (-1)
 
So, the square root of any negative number can be expressed in terms of sqrt (-1), known as imaginary number and is denoted by i (iota).
 
You will study about these in your higher classes.
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