Deriving Euler’s Formula: e^ix = cos(x) + i sin(x) (VIDEO!)

Perhaps the most surprising and beautiful result in all of mathematics, Euler’s formula,
e^ix = cos(x) + i sin(x), turns the theory of trigonometry into a simple study of exponents. (And put in x = pi to get e^i*pi = -1).

In this video I descibe a way to get to this result at the beginning of a calculus course (once one knows some basic derivatives) rather then leaving it to the end of a course using Taylor series.

See another video on how I choose to derive the number e in a calculus course and yet another video as to why this is the same number e that arises in the theory of compound interest. (Full details, of course, appear in Volume 5 of the THINKING MATHEMATICS book.)

Euler’s Formula


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