# What is the relationship between the rectangular form of complex numbers and their corresponding polar form?

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The rectangular form of a complex form is given in terms of 2 real numbers a and b in the form: z=a+jb

The polar form of the same number is given in terms of a magnitude r (or length) and argument q (or angle) in the form: z=r|_q

You can "see" a complex number on a drawing in this way:

In this case the numbers a and b become the coordinates of a point representing the complex number in the special plane (Argand-Gauss) where on the x axis you plot the real part (the number a) and on the y axis the imaginary (the b number, associated with j).

In polar form you find the same point but using the magnitude r and argument q:

Now the relationship between rectangular and polar is found joining the 2 graphical representations and considering the triangle obtained:

The relationships then are:

1) Pitagora's Theorem (to link the length r with a and b):

2) Inverse trigonometric functions (to link the angle q with a and b):

I suggest to try various complex numbers (in diferente quadrants) to see how these relationships work.