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Im

Imaginary part of an arithmetical expression

Use only in the MuPAD Notebook Interface.

This functionality does not run in MATLAB.

Syntax

Im(z)
Im(L)

Description

Im(z) returns the imaginary part of z.

The intended use of Im is for constant arithmetical expressions. Especially for numbers, of type DOM_INT, DOM_RAT, DOM_FLOAT, or DOM_COMPLEX, the imaginary part is computed directly and very efficiently.

Im can handle symbolic expressions. Properties of identifiers are taken into account (see assume). An identifier without any property is assumed to be complex. See Example 2.

However, for arbitrary symbolic expressions, Im may be unable to extract the imaginary part of z. You may then use the function rectform (see Example 3). Note, however, that using rectform is computationally expensive.

If Re cannot extract the whole real part of z, then the returned expression contains symbolic Re and Im calls. The same is true for Im. See Example 2.

The Im function is automatically mapped to all entries of container objects such as arrays, lists, matrices, polynomials, sets, and tables.

Environment Interactions

These functions are sensitive to properties of identifiers set via assume. See Example 2.

Examples

Example 1

The real and the imaginary part of 2 e1 + i are:

Re(2*exp(1 + I)), Im(2*exp(1 + I))

Example 2

Re and Im are not able to extract the whole real and imaginary part, respectively, of symbolic expressions containing identifiers without a value. However, in some cases they can still simplify the input expression, as in the following two examples:

delete u, v: Re(u + v*I), Im(u + v*I)

delete z: Re(z + 2), Im(z + 2)

By default, identifiers without a value are assumed to represent arbitrary complex numbers. You can use assume to change this. The following command tells the system that z represents only real numbers:

assume(z, Type::Real): Re(z + 2), Im(z + 2)

Example 3

Here is another example of a symbolic expression for which Re and Im fail to extract its real and imaginary part, respectively:

delete z: Re(exp(I*sin(z))), Im(exp(I*sin(z)))

You may use the function rectform, which splits a complex expression z into its real and imaginary part and is more powerful than Re and Im:

r := rectform(exp(I*sin(z)))

Then Re(r) and Im(r) give the real and the imaginary part of r, respectively:

Re(r)

Im(r)

Example 4

Symbolic expressions of type "Re" and "Im" always have the property Type::Real, even if no identifier of the symbolic expression has a property:

is(Re(sin(2*x)), Type::Real)

Example 5

Advanced users can extend the functions Re and Im to their own special mathematical functions (see section "Backgrounds" below). To this end, embed your mathematical function into a function environmentf and implement the behavior of the functions Re and Im for this function as the slots "Re" and "Im" of the function environment.

If a subexpression of the form f(u,..) occurs in z, then Re and Im issue the call f::Re(u,..) and f::Im(u,..), respectively, to the slot routine to determine the real and the imaginary part of f(u,..), respectively.

For illustration, we show how this works for the sine function and the slot "Re". Of course, the function environment sin already has a "Re" slot. We call our function environment Sin in order not to overwrite the existing system function sin:

Sin := funcenv(Sin):
Sin::Re := proc(u) // compute Re(Sin(u))
  local r, s;
begin
  r := Re(u);
  if r = u then
    return(Sin(u))
  elif not has(r, {hold(Im), hold(Re)}) then
    s := Im(u);
    if not has(s, {hold(Im), hold(Re)}) then
      return(Sin(r)*cosh(s))
    end_if
  end_if;
  return(FAIL)
end:
Re(Sin(2)), Re(Sin(2 + 3*I))

The return value FAIL tells the function Re that Sin::Re was unable to determine the real part of the input expression. The result is then a symbolic Re call:

delete f, z: Re(2 + Sin(f(z)))

Parameters

z

An arithmetical expression

L

A container object: an array, an hfarray, a list, a matrix, a polynomial, a set, or a table.

Return Values

arithmetical expression or a container object containing such expressions

Overloaded By

z

Algorithms

If a subexpression of the form f(u,..) occurs in z and f is a function environment, then Re attempts to call the slot "Re" of f to determine the real part of f(u,..). In this way, you can extend the functionality of Re to your own special mathematical functions.

The slot "Re" is called with the arguments u,.. of f. If the slot routine f::Re is not able to determine the real part of f(u,..), then it must return FAIL.

If f does not have a slot "Re", or if the slot routine f::Re returns FAIL, then f(u,..) is replaced by the symbolic call Re(f(u...)) in the returned expression.

The same holds for the function Im, which attempts to call the corresponding slot "Im" of f.

See Example 5.

Similarly, if an element d of a library domainT occurs as a subexpression of z, then Re attempts to call the slot "Re" of that domain with d as argument to compute the real part of d.

If the slot routine T::Re is not able to determine the real part of d, then it must return FAIL.

If T does not have a slot "Re", or if the slot routine T::Re returns FAIL, then d is replaced by the symbolic call Re(d) in the returned expression.

The same holds for the function Im, which attempts to call the corresponding slot "Im" of the T.

See Also

MuPAD Functions

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