**Table Of Content**

### Brush up Basics

The complex number *z* in geometrical form is written as *z = x + iy*.In geometrical representation complex number z is represented by a point P(x, y) on the **complex plane** or the **a****rgand plane **where OA =x is x-intecept and AP=y is y-intercept.

The **length of OP is called modulus of complex number** and is denoted by |z|. Applying Pythagoras Theorem in ΔOAP we get

In polar representation a **complex number** z is represented by two parameters ‘r’ and ‘θ’. Parameter ‘r’ is the modulus of complex number and parameter ‘θ’ is the angle which the line OP makes with the positive direction of x-axis. It is also called argument of **complex number** and is denoted by arg(z).Finding the value of these two parameters from parameters x and y will help us convert the complex number to polar form.

The **complex number** in polar form is written as

### Four Steps to convert

#### Step 1 : Plot the complex number

Plot the** complex number** *x + iy* represented by point P(x,y) in the x-y plane.

#### Step 2 : Calculate the distance from Origin

Calculate the distance (OP) of the point P from the origin. Let this distance be denoted by ‘r’ such that

#### Step 3 : Find corresponding quadrant of a complex number

Determine the quadrant in which complex number x + iy lies.This can be done by determining the sign of x and y.Depending upon sign of x and y , following figure shows corresponding quadrant of a complex number.

#### Step 4 : Calculate the argument of complex number

To calculate argument of complex number find the smallest angle which the line OP makes with the x-axis.Let us call this angle ‘α’.Mathematically,

We need to calculate argument of z denoted by ‘θ’ .Argument of z is calculated using knowledge of quadrant of complex number.

##### Case 1 : Complex number in first quadrant

**When point P belongs to first quadrant, then argument of z, arg(z) is equal to α.**

##### Case 2 : Complex number in second quadrant

** ** When point P belongs to second quadrant, then argument of z, arg(z) is equal to π – α.

##### Case 3 : Complex number in third quadrant

** **When point P belongs to third quadrant, the n argument of z, arg(z) is equal to –( π – α).

##### Case 4 : Complex number in fourth quadrant

** ** When point P belongs to fourth quadrant, then argument of z, arg(z) is equal to –α.

- Put the value of ‘r’ and ‘θ’ calculated in step 2 and step 5 respectively in equation.

This is required polar form.

### Example to clear it all

#### Convert complex number -1 + i into polar form.

Step 1 ** **Therefore number -1 + i lie in second quadrant. Here, x = -1 < 0 and y = 1 > 0. Step 2 ** **Plot the point P(-1,1) in argand plane.

Step 3 ** **Calculate OP.

Step 4 ** **Mark angle α.

Now,

** **Calculate argument

Since **complex number** lies in second quadrant.

Step 5 ** **Put the values of ‘r’ and ‘θ’ in

is required polar form.