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Chapter 5 - Equation 5.17, p 108 - Evaluating the Transfer Function
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July 21, 2017
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Hi Will,

I'm struggling to understand why H(w) = sqrt (a + jb)(a - jb) on page 108.

From what I understand you can work out the magnitude of a complex number, R, from sqrt of A squared + B squared. The complex number that we have is 1.0 - j0.

Why in this instance does H(w) != sqrt (1 squared + 0 squared)?

Could you please explain how you reach H(w) = sqrt (a + jb)(a - jb)?

Many Thanks 

Jake

July 21, 2017
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I'm struggling to understand why H(w) = sqrt (a + jb)(a - jb) on page 108. Could you please explain how you reach H(w) = sqrt (a + jb)(a - jb)?

It's actually the magnitude of H(w) which is written |H(w)| and it is defined as the square root of the product of the complex number and its complex conjugate - there is nothing to "reach" here - it's the definition of the magnitude of the complex number. By multiplying the polynomial out, and knowing that j^2 = -1, you will arrive at the shortcut version, |H| = sqrt(a^2 + b^2). 

For the number 1.0 - j0.0, the complex conjugate is 1.0 + j0.0

|H| = sqrt((1.0*1.0) - j0.0*1.0 +j0.0*1.0 -j^2(0.0) = sqrt(1.0 + 0.0) = sqrt(a^2 + b^2)

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July 25, 2017
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Ah okay it's the same. Thanks, I couldn't bring those two together. I can move on now!

Cheers

Jake

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