De Moivre's Formula

Pronunciation: /də ˈmwɑvrə ˈfɔɹ.mjə.lə/ Explain

De Moivre's formula is

This formula follows from the Euler relation,
Applying the power rule for exponents,
Now use the Euler relation to substitute both sides of the equation


Some of the trigonometric identities can be derived using De Moivre's Formula. For double angle formulas, start with the expression

Apply De Moivre's formula, giving
Now expand the right side of the equation using the binomial theorem.
Since the imaginary parts of both sides of the equations must be equal and the real parts of both sides of the equations must be equal, this gives two identities.
cos(2*theta)=cos(theta)^2-sin(theta)^2, sin(2*theta)=2*cos(theta)*sin(theta)


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