# Why do you need to find the trigonometric form of a complex number?

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Depending on what you need to do with your complex numbers, the trigonometric form can be very useful or very thorny.

For example, let

Let's compute the two trigonometric forms:

So the trigonometric forms are:

**Addition**

Let's say you want to compute

Quite easy. Now try with the trigonometric form...

it turns out that the shortest way to add these two expressions is to solve cosines and sines, which means... turning to the algebraic form!

*The algebraic form is often the best form to choose in adding complex numbers*.

**Multiplication**

Now we try to compute

The ingredients to prove that the second equality holds come from trigonometry: the two *addition formulae*

Multiplication of complex numbers is even cleaner (but conceptually not easier) in exponential form.

In some sense, the trigonometric form is a sort of in-between form between the algebraic and the exponential forms. The trigonometric form is the way to switch between these two. In this sense it's a sort of a "dictionary" to "translate" forms.