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High School Number and Quantity Teaching and Learning Resources

Domain: CN: Complex Numbers

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  • CN-A: Perform arithmetic operations with complex numbers

  • CN-B: Represent complex numbers and their operations on the complex plane

  • CN-C: Use complex numbers in polynomial identities and equations

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CN-A: Perform arithmetic operations with complex numbers

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Technology-enhanced investigations:

Key vocabulary for this domain.  Use with CN-A, CN-B, and CN-C:

Interactive Mathematics: Complex numbers vocabulary

Mathwords.com: Math Dictionary:

Real Numbers Commutative Operation Linear Factorization Root
Complex Numbers Associative Operation Modulus of a Complex Number Solution
Complex Number Formulas Distributive Operation Radical Polynomial
Complex Conjugate Fundamental Theorem of Algebra Radicand Zero of a Polynomial
Complex Plane Argument Polar Form Polar-Rectangular Conversion Formulas

 

Art of Problem Solving: Introduction to Algebra Videos: These are the videos that go with each of the sections within the 13-chapter textbook, Introduction to Algebra.  Ch. 12 is on complex numbers (imaginary numbers introduction, powers of i, what are complex numbers; and adding, subtracting, and multiplying complex numbers).

CK-12: Trigonometry: Concepts, practice problems for learners, and videos included in the following:

Dave's Short Course on Complex Numbers provides an introduction to complex numbers.  Aligns with CN-A.1, CN-A.2, and CN-A.3.

Study.com: Algebra: Complex Numbers:  This is a series of five video lessons on complex numbers that also include sample problems and a short quiz with each video.  Learn about imaginary numbers, how to perform operations with complex numbers, graph complex numbers, and solve quadratics with complex numbers.  There is a chapter multiple choice exam following the last video in the chapter.  Aligns with CN-A.1, CN-A.2 and CN-A.3 and CN-B.4, and CN-C.7.

LearnZillion:

  • Lesson set: Understand complex numbers: Three video lessons: How to determine if a square root is real or imaginary, how to write the square root of a negative number using imaginary i, how to determine if a complex number is real or imaginary.  Aligns with CN-A.1.
  • Lesson set (additional): Understand complex numbers: Five additional video lessons: Define number systems, understand the number i, simplify radicals using i, extend the real number system to understand the complex number system, evaluate higher powers of i.  Aligns with CN-A.1.
  • Lesson set: Add, subtract, and multiply complex numbers: Five video lessons: adding and subtracting complex numbers by combining like terms, multiplying complex numbers, and simplifying positive integer powers of i.  Aligns with CN-A.2.
  • Lesson set: Use mathematical properties to add, subtract, and multiply complex numbers: Five video lessons: Apply real number properties to complex numbers; add, subtract complex numbers;  multiply by imaginary numbers, multiply two complex numbers.  Aligns with CN-A.2.

Math Warehouse: Algebra: Complex and Imaginary Numbers: Under the algebra section, you will find video tutorials and online step by step demonstrations for how to simplify imaginary numbers, how to multiply imaginary numbers, how to identify and graph complex numbers, and how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide complex numbers.  Online practice problems included within each tutorial.  A complex number calculator is available.  There is a link to free pdf worksheets with constructed response questions at MathWorksheetsGo.com.

Purple Math: Complex Numbers: Introduction: Lesson and examples.  The module also includes operations with complex numbers and using the quadratic formula yielding answers that are complex numbers.

Wolfram Demonstrations Project: Download the free Wolfram CDF player to interact with the following manipulatives.  Note: Within the Wolfram Demonstration Project are 9 manipulatives addressing CN-A.1 11 manipulatives addressing CN-A.2, 1 manipulative for CN-A.3.  Among those are:

Multiple Choice:

MathsIsFun.com: Complex Numbers: Content defines the complex number and illustrates addition, subtraction, multiplication, the conjugate and division of complex numbers.  Following the lesson are 10 multiple choice problems.  Aligns with CN-A.

Glencoe Online Learning Center, Algebra 2 (2010) self-check quiz: Ch. 5, Lesson 4: Complex Numbers: Use with CN-A.

Khan Academy: Practice questions with videos.

McDougal Littell ClassZone, Algebra 2, 2011: Ch. 4.6 Quiz: Perform Operations with Complex Numbers

OpenEd:

  • Complex number i: 5 questions combine multiple choice and free response.  Includes related review resources.  Aligns with CN-A.1.
  • Using complex numbers: 5 questions combine multiple choice and free response.  Includes related review resources.  Aligns with CN-A.2.
  • Complex conjugates: 5 questions combine multiple choice and free response.  Includes related review resources.  Aligns with CN-A.3.

Study.com: Algebra: Complex numbers multiple choice chapter exam:  This exam should be completed after learners view a series of five video lessons on complex numbers in which they learn about imaginary numbers, how to perform operations with complex numbers, graph complex numbers, and solve quadratics with complex numbers.  Aligns with CN-A.1, CN-A.2 and CN-A.3 and CN-B.4, and CN-C.7.

Constructed-response:

CK-12 Flexbook: Math Analysis: Ch.4, section 5: Operations on Complex Numbers.  Learners work with roots of quadratic equations by using the discriminant, add and subtract complex numbers, find the complex conjugate, multiply and divide complex numbers, and use their calculator to perform operations.  Practice problems (use paper-pencil) and answers are provided.

Interactive Mathematics: Basic Operations with Complex Numbers: Lesson and practice problems. Use with CN-A.2 and CN-A.3.

Khan Academy: Practice questions with videos.

MATHguide.com: Complex numbers: Lessons and videos on performing operations with complex numbers.  Each lesson is followed by a quizmaster.  Fill-in and check answers.  Aligns with CN-A.

MathWorksheetsGo.com: Complex Numbers Worksheets: Simplify imaginary numbers; add, subtract, multiply, divide complex numbers, and complete an end of unit review sheet.  Each worksheet has model problems worked out step by step, practice problems, as well as challenge questions at the sheets end. Plus each one comes with an answer key.

Performance tasks:

Illustrative Mathematics: Computations with Complex Numbers: This task aligns with standards CN-A.1 and CN-A.2.

Mathematics Vision Project, Secondary 2 Student Edition:

  • Module 3: Quadratic Equations: This module contains 10 classroom tasks.  Complex number standards addressed in Module 3 include CN-A.1, CN-A.2 within tasks 9-10, and CN-C.7, CN-C.8, and CN-C.9 within tasks 8-9.

 

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CN-B: Represent complex numbers and their operations on the complex plane

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Technology-enhanced investigations:

CK-12: Trigonometry: Concepts, practice problems for learners, and videos included in the following:

Thinking Mathematics: Graphing Complex Numbers:  This is a YouTube video on graphing complex numbers on a plane.

Walter Fendt: Math Applets: Arithmetic Operations with Complex Numbers: This is an applet that can display Cartesian or Polar Coordinates.  Students manipulate complex numbers on the plane and choose to add, subtract, multiply, or divide them and see the result on the applet.

Wolfram Demonstrations Project: Download the free Wolfram CDF player to interact with the following manipulatives.  Note: Within the Wolfram Demonstration Project are 20 manipulatives addressing CN-B.4, and 10 manipulatives addressing CN-B.5.  Among those are:

Multiple Choice:

OpenEd:

Constructed-response:

Khan Academy: Practice questions with videos.

Interactive Mathematics: Polar Form of a Complex Number: Lesson and practice problems. Use with CN-B.4.

OpenEd: Geometric representations in the complex plane: 5 free response questions.  Includes related review resources.  Aligns with CN-B.5.

Performance tasks:

Georgia Standards of Excellence Framework: Pre-Calculus Unit 7: Vectors.  This unit contains ten tasks, including a culminating task: Putting It All Together. Tasks align with VM-A.1, VM-A.2, VM-A.3, VM-B.4, VM-B.5, and VM-C.11 and number standards CN-A.3, CN-B.4, CN-B.5, CN-B.6.

Illustrative Mathematics: Complex Distance: Aligns with standard CN-B.6.

 

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CN-C: Use complex numbers in polynomial identities and equations

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Technology-enhanced investigations:

CK-12: Quadratic Formula and Complex Sums: There are two lessons in this group, the second of which focuses on quadratic equations with complex solutions.  Concepts, practice problems for learners, and videos included.  Aligns with CN-C.7.

Khan Academy: Videos on the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra: Introduction and Verifying the theorem holds for quadratic equations.  Aligns with CN-C.9.

LearnZillion:

  • Lesson set: Solve quadratic equations: Four video lessons: Determine whether a number is real or imaginary by isolating the quadratic term and calculating the value of the discriminate; solving quadratic equations using the quadratic formula and by completing the square.  Aligns with CN-C.7.
  • Lesson set: Solve quadratic equations with real coefficients that have complex solutions: Five video lessons: Find imaginary roots of quadratic equations; find complex roots of quadratic equations by completing the square or using the quadratic formula; identify real or complex roots by evaluating the discriminant, graph quadratic functions with complex roots.  Aligns with CN-C.7.

Purple Math: Complex Numbers: Introduction: Lesson and examples.  The module also includes operations with complex numbers and using the quadratic formula yielding answers that are complex numbers.  Aligns with CN-C.7.

Southeast Comprehensive Center of SEDL: Video: Use complex numbers in polynomial identities and equations.  View online or download.  Aligns with CN-C.8.

Wolfram Demonstrations Project: Download the free Wolfram CDF player to interact with the following manipulatives.  Note: Within the Wolfram Demonstration Project are 11 manipulatives addressing CN-C.7 and 5 manipulatives addressing CN-C.9. Among those are:

Multiple Choice:

Khan Academy: Practice questions with videos.

MathsIsFun.com: Fundamental Theorem of Algebra: Content explains the theorem.  Following the lesson are 10 multiple choice problems on application of the fundamental theorem, including the nature of roots of polynomials and interpretation of roots from graphs.  Aligns with CN-C.9.

McDougal Littell ClassZone, Algebra 2, 2011: Ch. 5.7 Quiz: Apply the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra Aligns with CN-C.9.

OpenEd:

Constructed-response:

 

Performance tasks:

Mathematics Vision Project, Secondary 2 Student Edition:

  • Module 3: Quadratic Equations: This module contains 10 classroom tasks.  Complex number standards addressed in Module 3 include  CN-A.1, CN-A.2, CN-C.7, CN-C.8, and CN-C.9 within three of those tasks.

Mathematics Vision Project, Secondary 3 Student Edition:

 

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