# Division of Complex Numbers in Polar Form

## Theorem

Let $z_1 := \polar {r_1, \theta_1}$ and $z_2 := \polar {r_2, \theta_2}$ be complex numbers expressed in polar form, such that $z_2 \ne 0$.

Then:

$\dfrac {z_1} {z_2} = \dfrac {r_1} {r_2} \paren {\map \cos {\theta_1 - \theta_2} + i \, \map \sin {\theta_1 - \theta_2} }$

## Proof

 $\displaystyle \frac {z_1} {z_2}$ $=$ $\displaystyle \frac {r_1 \paren {\cos \theta_1 + i \sin \theta_1} } {r_2 \paren {\cos \theta_2 + i \sin \theta_2} }$ Definition of Polar Form of Complex Number $\displaystyle$ $=$ $\displaystyle \frac {\paren {r_1 \paren {\cos \theta_1 + i \sin \theta_1} } \paren {r_2 \paren {\cos \theta_2 - i \sin \theta_2} } } {\paren {r_2 \paren {\cos \theta_2 + i \sin \theta_2} } \paren {r_2 \paren {\cos \theta_2 - i \sin \theta_2} } }$ multiplying numerator and denominator by $r_2 \paren {\cos \theta_1 - i \sin \theta_1}$ $\displaystyle$ $=$ $\displaystyle \frac {r_1 r_2 \paren {\map \cos {\theta_1 - \theta_2} + i \, \map \sin {\theta_1 - \theta_2} } } {r_2^2 \paren {\map \cos {\theta_2 - \theta_2} + i \, \map \sin {\theta_2 - \theta_2} } }$ Product of Complex Numbers in Polar Form $\displaystyle$ $=$ $\displaystyle \frac {r_1 \paren {\map \cos {\theta_1 - \theta_2} + i \, \map \sin {\theta_1 - \theta_2} } } {r_2 \paren {\cos 0 + i \sin 0} }$ $\displaystyle$ $=$ $\displaystyle \frac {r_1} {r_2} \paren {\map \cos {\theta_1 - \theta_2} + i \, \map \sin {\theta_1 - \theta_2} }$ Cosine of Zero is One and Sine of Zero is Zero

$\blacksquare$

## Examples

### Example: $\dfrac {\paren {2 \cis 15 \degrees}^7} {\paren {4 \cis 45 \degrees}^3}$

$\dfrac {\paren {2 \cis 15 \degrees}^7} {\paren {4 \cis 45 \degrees}^3} = \sqrt 3 - i$

### Example: $\dfrac {\paren {8 \cis 40 \degrees}^3} {\paren {2 \cis 60 \degrees}^4}$

$\dfrac {\paren {8 \cis 40 \degrees}^3} {\paren {2 \cis 60 \degrees}^4} = -16 - 16 \sqrt 3 i$