Complex conjugates.

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Write z= a+bi and w=c + di. Using the definition of complex conjugate we can easily check the two statements by using the formulas given above for multiplication and division. For example,

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But we may also notice that the conjugate of a number in standard form is obtained by changing i to -i. Since (-i)(-i) = (i)(i) = -1, the real part of an arbitrary algebraic expression is not affected by changing i to -i and the imaginary part changes sign. So it doesn't matter if we do algebraic manipulations first and then change i to -i or if we first change i to -i and then do the algebra. We will get the same answer.

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